Natural gas in storage rose 65 billion cubic feet in the September 1 week to 3,220 bcf. The twenty-third consecutive weekly increase since the traditional end of the heating season ( and 9 weeks before the injection season) was in line with most analysts forecasts but well above the 38 bcf build of the same week a year ago. The increase put stocks 6.2 percent below their level last year at this time, when inventories were still enlarged by due to decreased consumption during a an exceptionally mild weather heating season. But in a longer term comparison, stocks were 0.5 percent higher than the 5-year average for this time of year and remain in the upper half of the historical range. Hurricane Harvey impacted both the demand and supply side, but its impeding of exports of liquid natural gas more than offset natural gas production interruptions it caused.