Total supply for the week registered an overall decline of 1.3 percent, reflecting a similar drop in dry gas production. According to Bentek estimates, domestic weekly dry gas production was 1.3 percent lower than the previous week (although 2.6 percent above the same time last year). Imports from Canada also rose modestly (1.5 percent), with increases in shipments to the West and Midwest offsetting declines in the Northeast. For the week, imports from Canada stand 19.3 percent above year-ago volumes. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) sendout dropped sharply, down 32.7 percent from last week; sendout volumes remain well below (73.5 percent) year-ago levels.
Working natural gas in storage increased to 2,877 Bcf as of Friday, June 1, according to EIA's WNGSR. This represents a net injection of 62 Bcf from the previous week. This week’s injection was 37 Bcf lower than the 5-year (2007-2011) average injection for the same week. During the same week last year, the implied net injection was 81 Bcf. Working inventories are currently 713 Bcf (33 percent) greater than their year-ago levels and 687 Bcf (31 percent) greater than the 5-year average.
All three storage regions posted increases this week. Inventories in the East, West, and Producing Regions increased by 38 Bcf, 13 Bcf, and 11 Bcf, respectively. In the Producing Region, working natural gas inventories decreased 1 Bcf in salt cavern facilities and increased 12 Bcf in nonsalt cavern facilities.
Temperatures in the lower 48 States during the week ending May 31 were 4.7 degrees warmer than the 30-year normal temperature and 1.4 degrees warmer than the same period last year. The average temperature in the lower 48 States was 70.7 degrees, 4.7 degrees higher than the 30-year normal of 66.0 degrees. While overall temperatures were a few degrees warmer than normal, temperatures varied somewhat across Census Divisions. The Middle Atlantic and New England Regions in the Northeast were particularly warm, averaging 9.7 and 7.9 degrees, respectively, warmer than the 30-year normal. In the West, the average temperatures in the Pacific and Mountain Regions were both about a degree (1.4 and 1.0, respectively) cooler than the 30-year normal.