Temperatures during the storage report week were 4.6 degrees cooler than the 30-year normal temperature and 7.4 degrees cooler than the same period last year. Temperatures in the lower 48 States averaged 55.0 degrees, compared to 62.4 last year and the 30-year normal of 59.6 degrees. During the week, all but one of the Census divisions were cooler than the 30-year normal, particularly the West North Central and East North Central Census divisions in the Midwest, which averaged 11.1 and 8.6 degrees, respectively, cooler than the 30-year normal. In the Northeast, the New England Census division was relatively warm, averaging about a degree warmer than the 30-year normal. Heating degree-days nationwide were 50 percent above normal and 153 percent above last year.
Natural gas outlook: Consumption higher as colder weather hits