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NOAA Calling for Winter in Northeast 18% Colder than Last Year

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says that they expect the coming winter in the Northeast to be 18% colder than it was last year.

Although significantly colder than last year, the temperatures are still expected to be 2 percent higher than the 30-year average, according to Jonathan Cogan, energy informational specialist at the US. Energy Department's Energy Information Administration.

With the decrease in temperatures over last year, a corresponding rise in heating bills is also anticipated.

Federal funds for fuel assistance for low-income families, however, are expected to stay the same as last year's levels. Residents who think they may need assistance this winter are encouraged to apply now and avoid waiting until wintertime.

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