15 October 2009 19:10 [Source: ICIS news]
WASHINGTON (ICIS news)--US western and central states should see warmer than average temperatures during North American winter months, but the northeast and south may have a colder season, federal forecasters said on Thursday.
The 2009 winter outlook issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that much of the ?xml:namespace>
That, in turn, suggests that demand for natural gas during the winter months of December through February will be below normal and could help moderate natural gas prices.
That record level of gas also would mark full capacity for the nation’s underground storage systems.
Those are areas of the country where natural gas is more commonly used than heating oil in homes and businesses to fend off winter’s chill.
The climate center said, however, that below-average temperatures are likely this winter for the southeast and mid-Atlantic states, ranging from eastern
In those regions, newer homes are likely to have gas-fired heating systems, while older homes may still rely on oil.
The climate center said it could not offer a general forecast for the
The northeast is more heavily dependent on oil as a home heating fuel.
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