WSI: No Sign of European Winter Pattern Changing as We March into Spring

Lack of Atlantic Blocking to Result in More Mild Westerly Flow

Andover, MA, 25 February 2014 — WSI (Weather Services International) expects widespread above-normal temperatures across Scandinavia, UK, and most of mainland Europe for the March-May period, with slightly below-normal temperatures confined to Iberia.

According to WSI Meteorologist Dr. Todd Crawford: “The European winter pattern, which drove one of the rainiest winter in modern UK history, has been characterized by a super-charged westerly Atlantic jet stream that has transported copious amounts of Atlantic moisture into western Europe. Further, the strong jet stream has kept most of the very cold air at bay, a sharp change from recent winters. Dynamical and statistical models all suggest a continuation of this general pattern well into spring, with very warm temperatures across eastern Europe and near-normal temperatures and very wet conditions across western Europe. While there is no sign of the strong jet stream weakening heading into March at this time, we will be monitoring the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) going forward for potential changes that would result in a notably different pattern. We feel that risk is low at this time.”

In March, WSI forecasts:

Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Near normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except for Iberia

In April, WSI forecasts:

Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Warmer than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except for Iberia

In May, WSI forecasts:

Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Warmer than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except for Iberia/southern France

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