Rain through May will improve U.S. corn-crop conditions for much of the Midwest, the main growing region, as fields recover from last year’s drought, according to AccuWeather Inc.
The winter of 2012-2013 will probably bring a boost to heating fuels compared with last year and leave above-normal snowfall from Massachusetts to Alabama, AccuWeather Inc. said.
The winter of 2011-2012 will probably be colder than normal for much of the northern U.S., although a repeat of the worst of last year’s East Coast snowstorms is unlikely, forecasters said.
Natural gas futures gained for a third day in New York amid forecasts of below-normal temperatures that may reduce a glut of the fuel in storage.
Natural gas futures climbed in New York for the first time in three days on speculation that government data may show a smaller-than-normal increase in stockpiles for last week.
The last time a major hurricane hit the U.S., pounding beaches and towns with winds of more than 111 miles per hour, was the record storm year of 2005.
Cold weather in the central U.S. and snow in the Northeast may push energy consumption above seasonal norms across much of the country, forecasters said.
Temperatures may be higher than normal this spring and the U.S. may be at increased risk for tornadoes, AccuWeather Inc. said a seasonal forecast.
Natural gas futures rose for a second day in New York on forecasts of below-normal temperatures that may boost demand for the heating fuel.
The Atlantic will have an average hurricane season this year, with 12 named storms, according to AccuWeather Inc.
"The weather pattern is more favorable than last year, when warm, dry weather from March to August wilted crops."
- Paul Pastelok on Mar 12, 2013