Gas prices on the rise

Still Asking 'Why Are Gas Prices So Low?'

That's about 35 cents higher than one year ago at this time. At that time, gas was averaging $2.04 per gallon.

Led by the Midwest that has seen double digit increases in the last two weeks, prices are expected to rise through Memorial Day as all but four states are now seeing gas prices really jump, DeHaan said.

Analysts expect prices to hold fairly steady for this year.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that increased oil prices and the US missile strike on a Syrian air base contributed to the rise.

Gas prices rose in 48 states over the past week.

These rapid spikes could be just the beginning, as refineries switch to summer-blend fuels that are more expensive to produce, with AAA forecasting the national average to peak around $2.70 this summer.

Birmingham- $2.12/g, up 4.4 cents per gallon from last week's $2.07/g. Also, more than half of states have seen a price increase of more than five cents per gallon while five states saw an increase of at least 10 cents per gallon. Neighboring Pennsylvania is paying $2.59 per gallon of regular.


Pittsburgh-area gas prices averaged $2.58 a gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's survey of more than 700 gas stations in the region.

According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on April 10 in Texas have ranged widely over the last five years: $1.84/g in 2016, $2.22/g in 2015, $3.41/g in 2014, $3.45/g in 2013 and $3.83/g in 2012. A year ago, gas prices in Rochester were $2.13 per gallon. Prices at the pump are now above $3 a gallon in some places, a barrier that is psychologically significant and keeps some people from driving as much as they would otherwise.

Today's national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.39. Combined with still-rising crude oil prices, US drivers are paying more at the pump and probably will be for several weeks.

As of Friday, the USA had 672 oil rigs in operation, according to a weekly tally from energy company Baker Hughes. Demand is 3 percent higher than this time previous year.

The crude oil market has largely recovered after spending almost three weeks under $50 a barrel.

DeHaan added that it is too early to know how severe or how long the impact to oil prices may be, and that while there is not yet an imminent major impact to North American gasoline prices, the situation could rapidly change.

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