Even though the Gulf of Mexico is a long ways from Yakima the impact the hurricane has had on gas prices is felt throughout the area. GasBuddy officials say prices have risen 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.81 per gallon today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 91 stations in Yakima.

WE'RE PAYING MORE THAN $1 MORE THAN A YEAR A GO

Gas prices in Yakima are 1.2 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.12 per gallon higher than a year ago.
"Gas prices have been stuck in somewhat of a limbo and remain near 2021 highs long after Hurricane Ida has dissipated. The damage done to oil production has been left behind and so far has prevented prices from resuming their seasonal decline," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "Ida caused the loss of over 30 million barrels of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico, and with gasoline demand remaining relatively high for the season, oil inventories remain relatively tight, preventing any organized decline in gas prices for the time being. As a result, we may have to wait a couple more weeks until hurricane season slows for oil inventories to start to rise and gas prices to fall."

EVEN THE NATIONAL SIDE IS UP THIS WEEK

GasBuddy officials say "the national average price of gasoline has risen 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.18 per gallon today. The national average is up 1.8 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands $1.01 per gallon higher than a year ago.
According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Yakima is priced at $3.03/g today while the most expensive is $4.09/g, a difference of $1.06/g. The lowest price in the state today is $3.26/g while the highest is $4.19/g, a difference of 93.0 cents per gallon."
Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
September 20, 2020: $2.69/g (U.S. Average: $2.16/g)
September 20, 2019: $3.11/g (U.S. Average: $2.67/g)
September 20, 2018: $3.33/g (U.S. Average: $2.85/g)
September 20, 2017: $2.99/g (U.S. Average: $2.58/g)
September 20, 2016: $2.68/g (U.S. Average: $2.21/g)
September 20, 2015: $2.66/g (U.S. Average: $2.29/g)
September 20, 2014: $3.73/g (U.S. Average: $3.34/g)
September 20, 2013: $3.71/g (U.S. Average: $3.48/g)
September 20, 2012: $4.01/g (U.S. Average: $3.84/g)
September 20, 2011: $3.88/g (U.S. Average: $3.57/g)

YAKIMA ABOUT THE SAME AS SEATTLE ON AVERAGE

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:
Tacoma- $3.87/g, down 3.4 cents per gallon from last week's $3.91/g.
Seattle- $4.00/g, down 1.6 cents per gallon from last week's $4.01/g.
Washington- $3.77/g, down 2.6 cents per gallon from last week's $3.80/g.

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