Is it time to fill up the tank? If you answer yes gas prices are up another 6.6 cents a gallon this week in Yakima selling for an average of $3.83 per gallon. Officials at GasBuddy say Prices in Yakima are 8.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.22 per gallon higher than a year ago.

You can take a drive and find cheap gas in Wapato

According to GasBuddy's survey of 91 stations in the valley once again this week the cheapest gas can be found in Wapato selling for $3.43 cents per gallon.
The lowest price in the state yesterday was $3.19 per gallon while the highest was $4.59 per gallon, a difference of $1.40 per gallon.
The national average price of gasoline has risen 2.3 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.29 per gallon today. The national average is down 5.5 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 97.5 cents per gallon higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports covering over 150,000 gas stations across the country.

Gas prices on the rise despite a lack of driving

"Oil prices have remained stubbornly strong, touching nearly $80 per barrel last week, pushing gasoline prices higher even as U.S. gasoline demand starts to struggle. Some of this is typical seasonal weakness, but the lack of demand is likely enhanced by omicron cases surging and Americans who are just a bit more hesitant to get out right now," says Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "In addition, unrest in Kazakhstan, the 18th largest oil producer, is likely leading to impacts on oil production, while continued unrest in Libya also worries markets and overpowers the seasonal drop in gasoline demand. Without improvement or stability in oil producing countries, we're likely to continue to see upward pressure on oil prices."

Wow what a difference a year makes

Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
January 10, 2021: $2.61/g (U.S. Average: $2.31/g)
January 10, 2020: $3.01/g (U.S. Average: $2.59/g)
January 10, 2019: $2.80/g (U.S. Average: $2.25/g)
January 10, 2018: $2.88/g (U.S. Average: $2.51/g)
January 10, 2017: $2.67/g (U.S. Average: $2.36/g)
January 10, 2016: $2.31/g (U.S. Average: $1.97/g)
January 10, 2015: $2.30/g (U.S. Average: $2.14/g)
January 10, 2014: $3.30/g (U.S. Average: $3.30/g)
January 10, 2013: $3.31/g (U.S. Average: $3.31/g)
January 10, 2012: $3.35/g (U.S. Average: $3.37/g)

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