Working natural gas in storage decreased to 2,229 Bcf as of Friday, February 22, according to EIA's WNGSR. This represents an implied net withdrawal of 171 Bcf from the previous week. This week's net withdrawal was 53 Bcf larger than the 5-year average net withdrawal of 118 Bcf, and 65 Bcf larger than last year's average net withdrawal of 106 Bcf. Inventories are currently 307 Bcf (12.1 percent) less than last year at this time and 308 Bcf (16.0 percent) greater than the 5-year average of 1,921 Bcf.
All three storage regions posted declines this week. Inventories in the East, West, and Producing regions decreased by 109 Bcf (the 5-year average net withdrawal is 78 Bcf), 12 Bcf (the 5-year average net withdrawal is 14 Bcf), and 50 Bcf (the 5-year average net withdrawal is 26 Bcf), respectively. In the Producing region, working natural gas inventories decreased 17 Bcf (7.6 percent) in salt cavern facilities and decreased 32 Bcf (4.6 percent) in nonsalt cavern facilities.
Temperatures during the storage report week were 3.1 degrees cooler than the 30-year normal temperature and 6.3 degrees cooler than the same period last year. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states averaged 34.6 degrees, compared to 40.9 degrees last year and the 30-year normal of 37.7 degrees. During the week all regions with the exception of the New England Census division were cooler than normal. The West North Central and East North Central Census divisions in the Midwest were relatively cool, averaging 5.7 and 4.9 degrees cooler, respectively, than the 30-year normal. In the Northeast, the New England Census division was close to the 30-year normal. Heating degree-days nationwide were 10.9 percent above normal and 25.1 percent above last year.