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Nebraska's Degree Days

Winter 2004/2005

Winter, or the winter heating season, is traditionally the months of November through March for natural gas.  Each month in the 2004/2005 heating season was at least 10 percent warmer than normal with two exceptions:  January, which had normal winter weather, and March, which was only 3 percent warmer than normal.  During the 2004/2005 heating season, Nebraska had 4843 heating degree days.  The state normally has 5255 heating degree days during the heating season which indicates that the weather during last winter was 8.5 percent warmer than normal.  In other words, the weather was warmer than usual, and Nebraska consumers did not heat their homes and businesses as much as they would have if the 2004/2005 winter heating season had had normal weather.

Traditionally, the winter heating season for heating oil and propane is the months of October through March.  Each month in the 2004/2005 heating season was at least 10 percent warmer than normal with two exceptions:  January, which had normal winter weather, and March, which was only 3 percent warmer than normal.  During the 2004/2005 heating season, Nebraska had 5200 heating degree days.  The state normally has 5667 heating degree days during the heating season which indicates that the weather during last winter was 8.2 percent warmer than normal.  In other words, the weather was warmer than usual, and Nebraska consumers did not heat their homes and businesses as much as they would have if the 2004/2005 winter heating season had had normal weather.