The natural gas market starts the Thursday morning trade out on what appears to be a stronger footing. However, it is possible that natural gas is getting a fresh layer of support from further long crude oil/short natural gas spread liquidation. However, the market is benefiting from a warm US temperature forecast and perhaps because of predictions of a somewhat active hurricane season ahead. It is also possible that natural gas is rising relative to crude oil prices, as a result of news of a decline in Russian monthly natural gas production, especially since that news comes in the face of a fresh post Soviet high output of oil. While it might be premature to factor in talk of 5 major tropical storms in the Atlantic this season, an extreme active severe weather pattern in the US this spring might be lending credence to hurricane supply threats.