More snow this winter due to blob of "abnormally cold" Atlantic ocean

Ireland and Europe are expected to receive lower temperatures and more snow (Credit: Martin Sheridan)
Ireland and Europe are expected to receive lower temperatures and more snow (Credit: Martin Sheridan)

A blob of "abnormally cold" water in the North Atlantic is expected to have an impact on weather conditions over the coming years, according to forecasters.

The extra cold water of the North Atlantic is due, forecasters believe, to melting ice in Greenland which is seeping into the Atlantic. 

According to the guys over at AccuWeather, this may have profound effects on the weather of western Europe and the United States. 

Chief Meteorologist at AccuWeather, Elliot Abrams, said: "If the Gulf Stream and correspondingly other currents in the Atlantic weaken, then it could change long-term temperature patterns all around the Atlantic basin."

This may have implications for Ireland's and Europe's weather patterns in the coming years. 

"Assuming the Atlantic current slow-down theory is correct, and should the abnormally cold water off of Greenland remain consistent, it could continue to partially block the transport of warm water and correspondingly warm air into western Europe for years to come," writes Alex Sosnowski, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather. 

"The climate in the region including in London, Amsterdam, Paris and Lisbon could then cool a few degrees, relative to the warming conditions around the globe."

Weather is notoriously volatile and unpredictable, but experts believe the current situation in the North Atlantic will result in a decrease in temperatures this winter. 

The US Government's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather department said, "The area of ocean had its coldest January to August in at least 80 years of records."

According to AccuWeather Long-Range Experts Brett Anderson and Bob Smerbeck, there is always a cause and effect relationship in terms of the ocean and the atmosphere, Sosnowski notes. 

"When there is an anomaly with either the atmosphere or ocean temperature you can bet there will be some effect on the other nearby or far away," Anderson said.

This may  make some areas around the Atlantic shoreline, including the Irish coast, more or less stormy and cause fluctuations in rain, snowfall and tropical storms.

As a results, forecasters believe Ireland and the UK will experience a more volatile winter including heavier rain, more snow and lower temperatures. 

Image courtesy of AccuWeather