Jan. 24 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. temperatures from the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River will probably be above normal through start of February while seasonal weather takes hold on both the East and West coasts.
Temperatures may be about 6 degrees Fahrenheit (3.3 Celsius) above normal from the Rockies as far east as Illinois from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3, according to a 6- to 10-day outlook by David Salmon at Weather Derivatives in Belton, Missouri.
Traders watch long-range temperature predictions to gauge energy use and demand for heating and cooling. About 51 percent of U.S. households use natural gas for heating, according to the Energy Department.
Forecasters vary slightly in how far temperatures may rise above normal in the Northeast from Feb. 3 to Feb. 7.
MDA EarthSat Weather in Gaithersburg, Maryland predicted temperatures in the region, including New York and the Canadian Maritimes, may be about 4 degrees above normal.
Commodity Weather Group LLC President Matt Rogers, based in Bethesda, Maryland, said in his 11- to 15-day outlook that temperatures in most of the Northeast will be more seasonal and slightly milder in the Maritime Provinces. Salmon doesn’t issue a similar forecast.
For Jan. 27, the normal average temperature in New York is 33 Fahrenheit (0.6 Celsius), according to MDA. In Boston it’s 29; in Chicago, 24; Atlanta, 44; Houston, 54; Seattle, 43; and Burbank, California, 55.
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