WSI Corporation Affirms Its Accurate Forecasting for Cold European Winter of 2009-10

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Contrarian Forecast Based on Atlantic/Pacific Ocean Signals, Snow Cover was More Successful than Public Forecasts

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WSI confirmed that it had correctly predicted the cold winter of 2009-10 across much of Europe. In its 24 November 2009 release, WSI stated that the winter of 2009-10 would be colder than normal across Scandinavia, UK, and the northern mainland...

WSI (Weather Services International) Corporation, providing industry-leading weather forecasts to energy, aviation, and media markets for more than 30 years, confirmed that it had correctly predicted the cold winter of 2009-10 across much of Europe.

In its 24 November 2009 release, WSI stated that the winter of 2009-10 would be colder than normal across Scandinavia, UK, and the northern mainland, further stating that “The combination of the current El Nino event, abundant Eurasian snow cover and a favorable pattern of ocean temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean suggest that this winter will be a cold one across much of northern and central Europe, especially after the New Year.”

Indeed, the winter of 2009-10 was the coldest in at least 30 years across the UK and much of Europe, with the coldest temperatures, relative to normal, after the New Year, as WSI suggested. Further, northern and central Europe were colder than normal during all three months of meteorological winter (December, January and February).

“Our successful winter forecast is the result of utilizing both our full suite of objective seasonal forecasting models, as well as new discoveries, such as the important relationships between the oceans, snow pack, sun and stratosphere,” said WSI Chief Meteorologist, Dr. Todd Crawford. “These tools have allowed us to provide successful warnings to our clients on the two most significant seasonal weather events of the past decade. These events were the weather patterns of this past winter (2009-10) and the incredibly hot summer of 2003.”

WSI will issue its summer seasonal outlook to clients on 14 April.

About WSI
WSI Corporation is the world's leading provider of weather-driven business solutions for professionals in the energy, aviation, and media markets, and multiple federal and state government agencies. WSI is a member of The Weather Channel Companies and is headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts with offices in Birmingham, England. The Weather Channel Companies are owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. More information about WSI can be found at http://www.wsi.com.

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Linda Maynard    
Weather Services International     
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Mark Stephens-Row
European Decision Support Account Manager
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Rudolph Communications, LLC
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