For the second week in a row, the West Region saw a relatively large draw. While the East and Producing Regions continue to draw less gas compared to historical averages, the West Region drew significantly more. Slightly colder weather combined with a temporary outage to the Ruby Pipeline, which carries gas to the region, are likely responsible. All regions remain well above 5-year average levels.
Temperatures during the week ending December 15 were 1.9 degrees warmer than the 30-year normal temperature and 5.7 degrees warmer than last year. All regions except the Mountain and Pacific experienced relatively warm temperatures during the week.Â Those two regions, largely comprising the West storage region, were respectively 1.0 and 3.1 degrees colder than the 5-year average. Nationwide, heating degree-days were down 6.2 percent from average and 17.3 percent from last year.