As the summer driving season starts to wind down gas prices are starting to level out and even stabilize say officials with GasBuddy.


They say gas prices in Yakima are unchanged in the past week selling for an average of $3.78 per gallon. Gas prices in Yakima are 4.0 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 98.8 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.


"Sagging U.S. gasoline demand along with continued recovery after Hurricane Ida have helped gas prices edge slightly lower in most states from where they were a week ago. But with Tropical Storm Nicholas threatening another key area of refineries in Houston with significant rain, we could see the decline in prices hit the pause button," says Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "While Nicholas would appear to be a minor storm, we could see a deluge of water - the same issue that caused some significant damage in Ida's wake to refineries in Louisiana. Combined with the earlier storm, Nicholas could make things more challenging. However, as gasoline demand has now fallen for four straight weeks, there is more breathing room even if some capacity does temporarily go offline. It's too early to tell, clearly, but motorists should be aware."


Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
September 13, 2020: $2.79/g (U.S. Average: $2.17/g)
September 13, 2019: $3.14/g (U.S. Average: $2.56/g)
September 13, 2018: $3.32/g (U.S. Average: $2.85/g)
September 13, 2017: $3.03/g (U.S. Average: $2.64/g)
September 13, 2016: $2.66/g (U.S. Average: $2.18/g)
September 13, 2015: $2.77/g (U.S. Average: $2.34/g)
September 13, 2014: $3.79/g (U.S. Average: $3.40/g)
September 13, 2013: $3.68/g (U.S. Average: $3.52/g)
September 13, 2012: $4.01/g (U.S. Average: $3.87/g)
September 13, 2011: $3.89/g (U.S. Average: $3.64/g)

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:
Tacoma- $3.85/g, down 5.5 cents per gallon from last week's $3.91/g.
Seattle- $3.99/g, down 1.1 cents per gallon from last week's $4.00/g.
Washington- $3.78/g, down 3.9 cents per gallon from last week's $3.81/g.

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