Updating temperature data

J. Marshall Adkins, an analyst in the Houston office of Raymond James & Associates Inc., St. Petersburg, Fla., noted in a recent weekly report that the US National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration has "changed the methodology of calculating population-weighted temperatures for natural gas consumption" by replacing 1990 census data with updated information from the 2000 census, effective during the summer of 2002."With the revised population data, it now appears that last winter was 1.2% colder than normal rather than 3.5% warmer than normal," said Adkins. "Does that seem odd to anyone, since most of last winter's cold weather was in the same regions that have seen the least populati...

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