Working natural gas in storage fell to 3,729 Bcf as of Friday, December 9, according to EIA's WNGSR. This represents an implied net withdrawal of 102 Bcf, much smaller than both the 5-year average withdrawal of 142 Bcf and last year's 154 Bcf draw. Stocks are now 347 Bcf above the 5-year average and 154 Bcf above last year.
After three weeks of small builds, the West Region saw a major draw last week, with storage dropping by 24 Bcf. This was the only region to exceed the average draw for the week. Unusually cold temperatures throughout much of the region increased heating demand. The next several weeks could also see relatively large draws in the West due to a fire and resulting outage in the Ruby Pipeline, which moves gas into the region.
Temperatures during the week ending December 8 were 1.0 degrees warmer than the 30-year normal temperature and 5.9 degrees warmer than last year. While the overall temperatures were warm during the week, regional differences were very large. The Mountain Region averaged just 27.1 degrees, 7.3 degrees colder than normal, while New England averaged 43.0 degrees, 8.1 degrees warmer than normal. Heating degree-days for the week were down only 3.9 percent from normal, but down 18.3 percent from last year.