AccuWeather, a global weather service, has released its Summer 2015 Forecast Outlook. The service has forecasted above normal temperatures for the summer of 2015.
“I’m not expecting extreme heat, but periods of warmer-than-normal temperatures will come and go during the course of the summer,” AccuWeather.com Expert Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said.
Specifically, AccuWeather is forecasting that the drought and drier conditions will persist in the West. Meanwhile, the Gulf Coast will receive an abundance of precipitation, leaving concern at times for flooding.
The service is also predicting an increase in tornadic activity in the middle of the country. Finally, the Northeast will experience a greater number of 90-degree days than it did in 2014.
The forecast stands in contrast to the relatively mild summer of 2014 which saw cooler than average temperatures. As a result, the above normal temperatures forecasted for 2015 could increase cooling demand and thus natural gas use.
Natural gas futures for June ’15 delivery traded a penny lower early Friday morning at $2.741 per mmBtu.
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