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U.S. Northeast May Cool Slightly Next Week, Forecasters Predict

February 02, 2012

Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- This week’s mild weather may give way to slightly lower temperatures next week in the U.S. Northeast, according to forecasters.

After rising to 62 degrees Fahrenheit (17 Celsius) in New York City yesterday, 23 above normal, average temperatures are expected to be 3 to 4 degrees higher than usual in most of the East from Feb. 7 to Feb. 11, according to a 6- to 10-day outlook from MDA EarthSat Weather in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

“This period contains some marginal cool variability for parts of the eastern half, but most of the stronger cold will remain north of the border over Ontario and Quebec,” MDA said.

Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC, calls for more seasonal weather in the region during that period, while Weather Derivatives owner David Salmon predicts in his 6- to 10-day forecast that temperatures will be about 2 degrees above normal.

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

The high temperature in New York’s Central Park yesterday was 5 degrees shy of the record for the day of 67 in 1989, the National Weather Service said. In Boston, the high was 59, Philadelphia had 67 and Washington had 72.

Today’s Forecast

New York is forecast to be 50 degrees today under partly sunny skies, according to the weather service. In Chicago, the high is expected to reach 47 while Washington is expected to have a high of 54 with rain.

As mild weather continues in most of the eastern, blizzard warnings and watches have been posted for parts of Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska, according to the weather service.

Denver may receive 8 to 16 inches (20 to 41 centimeters) of snow by tomorrow, with 12 to 24 inches possible through eastern Colorado, the agency said. The storm will also bring winds of 20 to 35 miles per hour and gusts as high as 50 mph.

By the end of next week, milder weather may be returning to much of the U.S. with temperatures from the northern Great Plains to the Northeast possibly reaching 8 to 14 degrees above normal, according to MDA in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

In his 11- to 15-day forecast for the same time period, Rogers predicts the mildest air will be in the northern U.S. from Minnesota to the New England and the Canadian Maritimes. Temperatures there are expected to range about 8 degrees above normal, said Rogers, based in Bethesda, Maryland.

Salmon, in Belton, Missouri, doesn’t issue an 11- to 15-day forecast.

The normal average temperature in New York for Feb. 10 is about 35 degrees, according to MDA. In Boston, it’s 31; in Chicago, 27; Atlanta, 46; Houston, 54; Seattle, 43; and Burbank, California, 56.

--Editors: Charlotte Porter, Bill Banker

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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