Summer Driving Season Coming to an End But No End for Gouging Gas Prices
While the summer driving season is slowly coming to a close gas prices are still on the rise in Yakima. Officials at GasBuddy say local gas prices are up 2.7 cents per gallon in the past week selling for an average of $3.78 a gallon according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 91 stations in Yakima.
GAS PRICES LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE CONTINUE TO RISE
If you’re seeing an increase in the gas bill it’s because gas prices are now 2.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.09 per gallon higher than a year ago.
According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Yakima is priced at $3.05 a gallon today while the most expensive is $4.09 a gallon, a difference of $1.04 per gallon. The lowest price in the state today is $3.33 per gallon while the highest is $4.31 per gallon, a difference of 98.0 cents. GasBuddy says the prices of gas is down on the national side.
The national average price of gasoline has fallen 0.4 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.17 per gallon today. The national average is down 1.6 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 96.4 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.
GAS PRICES MAY SOON STOP A RAPID RISE
"As expected, Hurricane Ida's disruption to the oil and refining industry led gas prices to rise over the last week, though thankfully, the rise wasn't very significant," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "With several Louisiana refineries poised to have power restored in the days ahead, the impact on gas prices could soon reverse, and with gasoline demand now likely to decline with the close of the summer driving season, I see the odds rising that gas prices will soon begin a seasonal downturn, accelerated by the expiration of summer gasoline requirements on September 15. By Halloween, we could see the national average back under $3 per gallon."
Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
September 7, 2020: $2.69/g (U.S. Average: $2.21/g)
September 7, 2019: $3.14/g (U.S. Average: $2.56/g)
September 7, 2018: $3.34/g (U.S. Average: $2.85/g)
September 7, 2017: $2.99/g (U.S. Average: $2.67/g)
September 7, 2016: $2.61/g (U.S. Average: $2.18/g)
September 7, 2015: $2.81/g (U.S. Average: $2.39/g)
September 7, 2014: $3.83/g (U.S. Average: $3.44/g)
September 7, 2013: $3.66/g (U.S. Average: $3.56/g)
September 7, 2012: $3.99/g (U.S. Average: $3.82/g)
September 7, 2011: $3.85/g (U.S. Average: $3.65/g)