Temperatures during the storage report week were 4.4 degrees warmer than the 30-year normal temperature and 3.9 degrees warmer than the same period last year. Temperatures in the lower 48 States averaged 58.7 degrees, compared to 54.9 last year and the 30-year normal of 54.3 degrees. While overall temperatures were a few degrees warmer than normal, temperatures varied somewhat across Census divisions. In the Midwest, the East North Central Census division was particularly warm, averaging 7.0 degrees warmer than the 30-year normal. In the West, the Pacific Census division was relatively cool, averaging 1.7 degree cooler than the 30-year normal. Heating degree-days nationwide were 32.5 percent below normal and 27.3 percent below last year.
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