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Frigid November follows much warmer October

Published: 7:17 PM, 11/29/2013 Last updated: 7:18 PM, 11/29/2013

Author: David Popiel
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

October may have been 27 percent warmer than normal, but November has taken the pre-winter plunge with temperatures dropping into the 20s. This has been good for power utilities.

Jefferson-Cocke County Utility District (JCCUD) gas volumes shot up in November, as forecasts show much below normal cold through November 28.

Yet, the utilities expect to see heating demand ease through the remainder of the year, because the  mid-range forecast is for above normal temperatures.

JCCUD General Manager Tommy Bible said that October was the warmest since 1985 at 175-degree days. Normal is 263-degree days and Oct. 1985 registered only 73-degree days.

For more details, please see the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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