While winter gas prices are down in Yakima this week they're still up more than a dollar a gallon when compared to the same time last year.

Gas prices are down almost 4 pennies a gallon

According to GasBuddy price reports average gasoline prices in Yakima have fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the last week, selling for an average of  $3.81 per gallon today. Prices in Yakima are 5.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.16 per gallon higher than a year ago.
The national average price of gasoline has risen 1.8 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.32 per gallon today. The national average is up 3.3 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 92.0 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

The cheapest gas in the valley is still in Wapato

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station is in Wapato selling for $3.40 per gallon.
“With oil prices remaining elevated, average gas prices inched up in most states over the last week even as gasoline demand weakened, a testament to how concerned oil markets are with unrest in oil producing nations. With all eyes on the Russia/Ukraine situation, oil will likely remain north of $80 per barrel, with additional volatility. Prices could rise even more significantly if there is any further deterioration in the situation," says Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. "For now, I don't expect any immediate fireworks at the pump, but the trend of rising gas prices will likely persist as worries continue to overpower weak global consumption."

Wow what a difference a year makes

Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
January 24, 2021: $2.65/g (U.S. Average: $2.40/g)
January 24, 2020: $3.03/g (U.S. Average: $2.53/g)
January 24, 2019: $2.82/g (U.S. Average: $2.28/g)
January 24, 2018: $2.86/g (U.S. Average: $2.57/g)
January 24, 2017: $2.68/g (U.S. Average: $2.29/g)
January 24, 2016: $2.16/g (U.S. Average: $1.82/g)
January 24, 2015: $2.02/g (U.S. Average: $2.03/g)
January 24, 2014: $3.24/g (U.S. Average: $3.28/g)
January 24, 2013: $3.21/g (U.S. Average: $3.32/g)
January 24, 2012: $3.36/g (U.S. Average: $3.38/g)

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:
Tacoma- $3.97/g, up 4.2 cents per gallon from last week's $3.93/g.
Seattle- $4.11/g, up 3.5 cents per gallon from last week's $4.08/g.
Washington- $3.94/g, up 1.6 cents per gallon from last week's $3.92/g.

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