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April Will Start Warm in the Central U.S., Cool on Coasts

March 29, 2012

April’s first week will be warm through the central U.S. with seasonal weather cooling the East and West coasts, forecasters said.

Temperatures will range 5 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit (2.8 to 3.9 Celsius) above normal from the Rocky Mountains to the Appalachians from April 3 to April 7, according to MDA EarthSat Weather in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

In the upper Great Plains, temperatures may be 8 to 14 degrees above normal in the same time period, according to MDA.

“The forecast has turned warmer overall within this time frame,” MDA’s forecast said.

Commodities traders watch temperature predictions to gauge energy use and demand. About 51 percent of U.S. households use natural gas for heating, according to the Energy Department.

Computer models used to predict the weather out to 15 days in advance have been trending warmer, which has caused the forecasts to call for warmer weather in the 6- to 10-day time frame corresponding with April 3 to April 7.

“We continue to find the models frequently pushing back stronger cooling chances, and the cooling events that do manage to push forward are easily outweighed by warmer days,” said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland.

Rogers calls for the western U.S. to have more seasonal temperatures from April 8 to April 12, while East Coast temperature may be at least 5 degrees above normal.

In New York, the normal average temperature for April 3 is 48, according to MDA in Gaithersburg, Maryland. It’s 44 in Boston, 45 in Chicago, 53 in St. Louis, 59 in Atlanta, 62 in Dallas, 67 in Houston, 49 in Seattle and 60 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: Bill Baker at bbanker@bloomberg.net


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