All three storage regions posted declines this week. Inventories in the East, West, and Producing regions decreased by 113 Bcf (the 5-year average net withdrawal is 84 Bcf), 27 Bcf (the 5-year average net withdrawal is 17 Bcf), and 61 Bcf (the 5-year average net withdrawal is 31 Bcf), respectively. In the Producing region, working natural gas inventories decreased 19 Bcf (6.3 percent) in salt cavern facilities and decreased 41 Bcf (4.5 percent) in nonsalt cavern facilities.
Temperatures during the storage report week were 2.4 degrees cooler than the 30-year normal temperature and 9.1 degrees cooler than the same period last year. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states averaged 31.3 degrees, compared to 40.4 degrees last year and the 30-year normal of 33.7 degrees. During the week all regions with the exception of the South Atlantic Census division were cooler than normal. The South Atlantic Census division averaged a little (0.1 degrees) above the 30-year normal. The Mountain and Pacific Census divisions in the West were particularly cool, averaging 7.3 and 5.0 degrees cooler, respectively, than the 30-year normal. Heating degree-days nationwide were 7.7 percent above normal and 37.0 percent above last year.