Natural gas is used to both heat homes and power electric generators, and supplies generally drop in the winter as homeowners crank up the heat.
The Energy Information Administration said natural gas stores did fall last week. However the remaining supply of 2.03 trillion cubic feet is still nearly 3 percent higher than the five-year average.
Natural gas lost 23.5 cents at $5.151 per 1,000 cubic feet in trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
With the winter more than half over, analyst Stephen Schork said natural gas prices were headed lower.
"We're at the end of the season," he said. "And there's an assumption out there that we have a lot of storage capacity, a lot of untapped wells that could easily be brought online."
The EIA said in a separate report that supplies of distillates, including diesel fuel and heating oil, fell almost twice as much as expected last week. The drop in supplies was due in part to a plunge in imports of those fuels.
Crude inventories rose by 3.1 million barrels to 334.5 million barrels, which is 5.4 percent below year-ago levels, according to the EIA.
Oil prices have been rising this week with further signs of economic growth. One day after the government reported gains in industrial production and home construction, the Philadelphia Federal Reserve said manufacturing is improving. Its manufacturing index rose to 17.6 in February from 15.2 in January.
Benchmark crude for March delivery added $1.43 at $78.76 a barrel on the Nymex. In London, Brent crude increased $1.46 at $77.73 a barrel on the ICE futures exchange.
At the pump, retail gas prices rose overnight for the first time in nearly two weeks to a national average of $2.614 a gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. A gallon of regular unleaded is still 12.6 cents cheaper than a month ago. It's 65.7 cents more expensive than the same time last year.
In other Nymex trading in March contracts, heating oil added 3.14 cents to $2.0381 a gallon, and gasoline rose 4.83 cents to $2.0554 a gallon.
Associated Press writers Pablo Gorondi in Budapest, Hungary and Alex Kennedy in Singapore contributed to this report.