Comparing Texas Cold With Past Nat Gas Cold Issues

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Comparing This Arctic Outbreak In Texas To The February 2011 Big Event

 

The Arctic blast made it deep in to Texas and New Mexico Saturday and played out exactly as we predicted with temperatures falling well below freezing.  So how did this cold snap compare to the February 2011 Arctic  event where many natural gas production and flow issues occurred?  The coldest day of this outbreak for Texas and the important Permian Basin production area was Saturday.  Overnight lows fell into the single digits across northern Texas and New Mexico, but  remained in the teens further south into the greater threat production areas, like Permian.  Highs struggled to get out of the teens in the northern parts of these states but was able to get into the 20s further south.  Comparing these temperatures with the 2011 event reveals the cold from this latest outbreak didn’t penetrate as far south into Texas and New Mexico as the previous event.  However, the northern portions of these states did see relatively similar temperatures.  Temperatures aren’t the only thing that needs to be factored in, such as winds, humidities, and wintery precipitation.  Temperatures were extremely cold for these usually mild areas which likely led to some production and flow issues but the extent of it won’t likely be nearly as bad as the February 2011 event.

 

Satureday morning high and low temperatures across the south-central US Highlighted areas are where the biggest conern would likely be wih the Permian Basin being a huge area for natural gas production and flow.

Satureday morning high and low temperatures across the south-central US Highlighted areas are where the biggest conern would likely be wih the Permian Basin being a huge area for natural gas production and flow.

 

 

The following images below are the high and low temperatures for the February 2011 event during the coldest day of the outbreak.  The lows of single digits made it much further south into Texas and New Mexico compared to this past Saturdays event.  Also, the highs on February 3, 2011 were a bit colder and also extended deeper into these states, leading us to believe impacts from this event won’t be nearly as big as great.

 

 

High and Low temperatures on February 3rd 2011 which caused a disruption to supply.

High and Low temperatures on February 3rd 2011 which caused a disruption to natural gas supply.

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