All three storage regions posted increases this week. Inventories in the East Region increased by 13 Bcf; inventories in the West, by 5 Bcf; and inventories in the Producing Region, by 7 Bcf. Stocks in all three regions remain well above year-ago and five-year average levels. In the Producing Region, working natural gas inventories increased 1 Bcf in salt cavern facilities and increased 6 Bcf in the nonsalt cavern facilities.
Temperatures in the lower 48 States were close to normal, but cooler than the above-normal temperatures during the same week last year. The average temperature in the U.S. was 51.6 degrees, only 0.3 degrees off the 30-year normal of 51.3. While overall temperatures were close to normal, temperatures varied somewhat by Census Division. The West South Central and Mountain Census Divisions were both more than 4 degrees warmer than the 30-year normal, while the East South Central was 2.4 degrees cooler than normal.