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U.S. West Expected to Be Cooler Next Week, Rogers Forecasts

September 30, 2011

Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Temperatures across the U.S. West are expected to be at least 5 degrees Fahrenheit (2.7 Celsius) cooler than normal next week, said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC.

The Midwest will reach highs in the 70s, with the 80s possible in Texas from Oct. 5 to Oct. 9, according to Rogers’s 6- to 10-day outlook. The normal average temperature in Chicago for yesterday was 59 degrees, while in San Francisco it was 63, according to the National Weather Service.

“The incoming trough into the West next week is very impressive with widespread precipitation and much cooler temperatures,” Rogers wrote in a note to clients.

The eastern U.S. is expected to warm 3 to 5 degrees above normal from Oct. 10 to Oct. 14, according to Rogers’s 10- to 15- day outlook. The Pacific Northwest may be cooler, while the central U.S. is forecast to have seasonal weather.

The average temperature for New York yesterday was 63, according to the weather service.

Power plants use about 30 percent of the nation’s gas supplies, according to Energy Department data. Traders use long- range temperature predictions to gauge energy use and market fluctuations.

--Editor: Dan Stets

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian K. Sullivan in Boston at bsullivan10@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net


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