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What is El Niño?

Could El Niño increase your winter gritting requirements this winter?

Monday 22 July, 2019

Prepare your business for snow and ice this winter

It is important to predict weather patterns globally and within the UK, but it is worth reviewing global weather conditions to give us an idea about what to expect this winter, and how you should prepare your business for winter gritting maintenance and heavy snowfall. Many weather forecasters look to El Niño as a barometer of what to expect.

Why does El Niño affect winter snow fall?

The El Niño phenomena can trigger intense weather patterns across the globe and this can mean colder than average winters in northern Europe, including the UK. At the moment it looks possible that this will happen again this winter as it did in 2018 when the UK suffered heavy snowfall as a result of the ‘Beast from the East.’

What is El Niño?

Niño means water temperatures are warmer than average. It was originally recognised by fisherman off the coast of South America in the 1600s when warm water was discovered in the Pacific Ocean. The name was chosen as it meant ‘Christ child’ and the event happened at Christmas time.

According to research by the ENSO diagnostics discussion who update predictions on El Niño monthly, El Niño is present. Equatorial sea surface temperatures are currently above the average across most of the Pacific Ocean and the pattern of winds are consistent with it. Data in July 2019 predicts a 66% chance of El Niño continuing through summer 2019. With a 50% to 55% chance of carrying on into autumn and winter 2019.

Is your private business prepared for heavy snow this winter?

Andrew Sherriff, Director Clearway Gritting, St Albans said “Clearway Gritting works with private businesses across the south-east of England. We have depots that service the counties of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Buckinghamshire and North London. We provide winter gritting services for retail parks, industrial parks, supermarkets, schools and private companies. Our clients need to stay open during bad winter weather. If we get heavy snowfall and ice Clearway Gritting teams can grit private roads, pavements, carparks and walkways so your staff can get to work and go home easily. We can also clear snow and grit your company car park so customers can park easily. We work seven days a week and all our winter gritting vehicles are on standby 24 hours a day.’

Andrew Sherriff Director Clearway Gritting, St Albans continued: “The summer is a good time to review your winter gritting maintenance requirements. It is worth putting a plan in place now before bad weather arrives, as it’s often too late to organise winter gritting maintenance when snowfalls. For more information on our winter gritting services call one of our St Albans team on 01727 851837. We will discuss your personal requirements and agree a plan to support your business. We offer a free initial consultation so your business is prepared for bad winter weather.”

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