Temperatures during the storage report week were 2.1 degrees warmer than the 30-year normal temperature and 1.7 degrees warmer than the same period last year. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states averaged 59.6 degrees, compared to 57.9 degrees last year and the 30-year normal of 57.4 degrees. While overall temperatures were a few degrees warmer than normal, temperatures varied somewhat across Census divisions. The Pacific Census division in the West and the East North Central Census division in the Midwest were relatively warm, averaging 5.4 and 4.7 degrees warmer, respectively, than the 30-year normal. In the South, the South Atlantic Census division was relatively cool, averaging 1.4 degrees cooler than the 30-year normal. Heating degree-days nationwide were 23.1 percent below normal and 25.4 percent below last year.
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