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Climate change not expected to cause stronger winds in Finland, but westerly winds becoming more common

Climate change not expected to cause stronger winds in Finland, but westerly winds becoming more common

Climate change is expected to raise mean temperatures in Finland by several degrees over the current century, while forecasts point to significantly increased precipitation levels especially in winter.

On the other hand, predictive models show only very modest changes in the strength of winds and storms. The most apparent change is that westerly air flows will become more common at the expense of easterly flows, especially in autumn.

Conducted by the FMI, the study examined the expected evolution of the wind climate in Europe and the North Atlantic region on the basis of results from 21 climate change models.

Further information:

Researcher Kimmo Ruosteenoja, Finnish Meteorological Institute,  tel. +358 29 539 4128, kimmo.ruosteenoja@fmi.fi

The article was published on the online version of Journal of Climate.

Ruosteenoja, K., Vihma, T. ja Venäläinen A., 2019: Projected changes in European and North Atlantic seasonal wind climate derived from CMIP5 simulations. J. Climate, 32, 6467-6490. DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0023.1. https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0023.1


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