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Hot Weather Ahead for Eastern U.S., Storms for Texas

March 15, 2012

Temperatures are expected to rise across the eastern U.S. next week, with New York and Chicago reaching 80, while a threat of severe storms looms for Texas and Nebraska, forecasters said.

The region from the upper Great Plains to New England may have temperatures 15 degrees Fahrenheit (8.3 Celsius) above normal, said MDA EarthSat Weather in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

“Most of the warmth across the Midwest and Northeast is still on track as projected,” MDA said.

There’s a 30 percent chance severe storms may break out across an area from Nebraska to west Texas early in the week, the U.S. Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, said.

Traders watch temperature predictions to gauge energy use and demand. Warm weather will drive up electricity use as people turn on air conditioners. About 51 percent of U.S. households use natural gas for heating, according to the Energy Department.

The warm weather in the East is expected to persist through March 21 to March 25, according to a 6- to 10-day outlook from David Salmon, owner of Weather Derivatives in Belton, Missouri.

Temperatures in New York, Chicago and Boston may rise to 18 to 20 degrees above normal, Salmon said. MDA predicts all three cities will reach 80 degrees next week.

Above-normal temperatures may persist until the end of March, with some cooling, said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland.

In his 11- to 15-day outlook, Rogers forecasts temperatures will rise about 3 degrees above normal along the East Coast, while reaching 8 degrees above normal throughout the Midwest.

“The super-warm pattern is still expected to start breaking down” early in the 11- to 15-day period, Rogers said in a note to clients.

The normal average temperature in New York on March 21 is about 44 degrees, according to MDA. It’s 40 in Boston and Chicago, 48 in St. Louis, 56 in Atlanta, 59 in Dallas, 64 in Houston, 48 in Seattle, and 59 in Burbank, California.

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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