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Weather Services International: Below-Normal Winter Temperatures Confined to Extreme Western Europe


Recent Changes to Various Long-Lead Indicators Cast Significant Shadow of Uncertainty on Winter Picture.

Andover, MA (PRWEB) November 19, 2012

WSI (Weather Services International) expects temperatures for the upcoming period (December-February) to average slightly lower than normal across the UK and Iberia, with higher-than-normal temperatures expected across other regions, especially western Russia.

“Our initial winter forecast was fairly aggressive with the idea of a warm, wet winter across northern Europe, including the UK, as the majority of the dynamical and statistical models suggested a relative lack of North Atlantic blocking,” said Dr. Todd Crawford, WSI Chief Meteorologist. “Over the last month, however, most of the trends in the various models have been more suggestive of increased winter blocking in the North Atlantic. Because of this, we have made changes in our forecast towards colder winter temperatures across parts of western Europe. If recent trends continue, we may have to adjust our forecasts towards even colder temperatures in future updates.”

In December, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region* – Warmer than normal
UK* – Colder than normal
Northern Mainland* – Warmer than normal, except France
Southern Mainland* – Colder than normal

In January, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Colder than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except western France
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except Iberia

In February, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Warmer than normal, except northern coastal regions
UK – Warmer than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal

WSI provides customized weather information to global commodity traders via its industry-leading WSI Trader Web site. WSI will issue its next seasonal outlook on 26 December.

*To view the map defining WSI's European regions, click here.

About WSI Corporation
WSI (Weather Services International) and Weather Central are the world's leading providers of weather-driven business solutions for professionals in the energy, aviation, insurance and media markets as well as multiple federal and state government agencies. Together they comprise the professional division of The Weather Company and are owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital.

Linda Maynard    
Weather Services International     
lmaynard (at) wsi (dot) com    

Editorial Contact:
Barbara Rudolph    
Rudolph Communications, LLC
bjr (at) rudolphcommunications (dot) com

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