Inventories increased in the East and West Regions and declined in the Producing Region. Inventories this report week in the East and West increased by 7 and 4 Bcf, respectively, while inventories in the Producing Region declined by 3 Bcf. Working inventories in the Producing Region declined in both salt cavern and non-salt facilities by 2 Bcf.
However, reclassifications of natural gas from working gas to base gas from one or more respondents in the Producing Region resulted in lowered working gas stocks by approximately 10 Bcf for this report week. In all three regions, inventories are well above their year-ago and five-year average levels.
Temperatures across the lower 48 States were warmer than normal, although slightly cooler than last week’s much warmer-than-normal temperatures. For the week ending April 5, temperatures in the lower 48 averaged 54.9 degrees, 5.7 degrees warmer than the 30-year normal and 4.1 degrees warmer than the same week last year. The Pacific Census Division was the only area that saw cooler-than-normal temperatures. The West North Central was warmest relative to normal, with temperatures averaging 57.7 degrees, 13.6 degrees warmer than normal and 11.6 degrees warmer than the same week last year.