All three storage regions posted declines this week. Inventories in the East, West, and Producing regions decreased by 79 Bcf (the 5-year average net withdrawal is 87 Bcf), 13 Bcf (the 5-year average net withdrawal is 15 Bcf), and 35 Bcf (the 5-year average net withdrawal is 38 Bcf), respectively. In the Producing region, working natural gas inventories decreased 9 Bcf (3.8 percent) in salt cavern facilities and decreased 27 Bcf (3.7 percent) in nonsalt cavern facilities.
Temperatures during the storage report week were 2.4 degrees warmer than the 30-year normal temperature and 3.3 degrees warmer than the same period last year. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states averaged 38.3 degrees, compared to 35.0 degrees last year and the 30-year normal of 35.9 degrees. During the week all regions with the exception of the Pacific and Mountain Census divisions were warmer than normal. The West North Central and East North Central Census divisions in the Midwest were relatively warm, averaging 7.0 and 5.9 degrees warmer, respectively, than the 30-year normal. In the West, the Pacific and Mountain Census divisions were relatively cool, averaging 4.6 and 3.9 degrees cooler, respectively, than the 30-year normal. Heating degree-days nationwide were 7.8 percent below normal and 10.0 percent below last year.