As the temperature drops gas prices continue to rise according to officials at GasBuddy.com. In fact gas prices are up 5.7 cents per gallon this week selling for an average of $3.74 per gallon.

A SHORT DRIVE TO WAPATO AND YOU'LL FIND CHEAP GAS

According to GasBuddy's daily survey of 91 stations in Yakima, prices in are unchanged versus a month ago and stand $1.08 per gallon higher than a year ago.
GasBuddy price reports show the cheapest gas can be found in Wapato at $3.11 per gallon. The most expensive is $3.99 per gallon, a difference of 88.0 cents per gallon. The lowest price in the state today is $3.17 per gallon while the highest is $4.29 per gallon, a difference of $1.12.

GAS PRICES ARE UP AROUND THE COUNTRY

GasBuddy says the national average price of gasoline has risen 5.2 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.25 per gallon Today. The national average is up 7.5 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands $1.08 per gallon higher than a year ago.

THE EXPERTS SAY PRICES ARE ON THE WAY UP THIS FALL

"Last week saw oil prices advance to their highest in seven years, with a barrel of West Texas Intermediate crude oil surpassing the critical $80 per barrel level. The nation's gas prices were also pushed to their highest since 2014, all on OPEC's decision not to raise production more than it already agreed to in July," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "The OPEC decision caused an immediate reaction in oil prices, and amidst what is turning into a global energy crunch, motorists are now spending over $400 million more on gasoline every single day than they were just a year ago. The problems continue to relate to a surge in demand as the global economy recovers, combined with deep cuts to production from early in the pandemic. If Americans can’t slow their appetite for fuels, we've got no place for prices to go but up."

Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
October 11, 2020: $2.66/g (U.S. Average: $2.16/g)
October 11, 2019: $3.21/g (U.S. Average: $2.64/g)
October 11, 2018: $3.43/g (U.S. Average: $2.90/g)
October 11, 2017: $2.87/g (U.S. Average: $2.47/g)
October 11, 2016: $2.69/g (U.S. Average: $2.25/g)
October 11, 2015: $2.44/g (U.S. Average: $2.31/g)
October 11, 2014: $3.48/g (U.S. Average: $3.21/g)
October 11, 2013: $3.56/g (U.S. Average: $3.33/g)
October 11, 2012: $4.04/g (U.S. Average: $3.81/g)
October 11, 2011: $3.82/g (U.S. Average: $3.39/g)

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:
Tacoma- $3.86/g, up 0.9 cents per gallon from last week's $3.85/g.
Seattle- $3.98/g, unchanged from last week's $3.98/g.
Washington- $3.76/g, down 0.4 cents per gallon from last week's $3.76/g.

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.