After 2 weeks of rising prices Yakima gas prices are down 23.1 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.91 per gallon today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 91 stations in Yakima. GasBuddy officials say prices in Yakima are 59.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.16 per gallon higher than a year ago. If you purchase diesel the national average price of diesel has increased 18.7 cents in the last week and is selling for $5.06 per gallon.

You know where to find the cheapest gas in the Yakima Valley

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station is in Wapato priced at $3.92 per gallon Sunday while the most expensive was $5.49 per gallon.
The national average price of gasoline has fallen 5.4 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.86 per gallon today. The national average is up 20.6 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 56.6 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

Better news about gas than diesel prices

"After a sharp rise in the national average over the last few weeks, we've seen an abrupt, yet expected decline as refinery issues have eased in the West and Great Lakes, overpowering some increases elsewhere. Though at the same time, diesel prices have soared," says Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. "We'll see a continued sharp drop in gas prices on the West Coast, including areas like Las Vegas and Phoenix, which are supplied by refiners in California, as refinery outages have been addressed. The Great Lakes will see prices drift lower as BP's Whiting refinery is soon to complete maintenance. In addition, oil prices have cooled off slightly after OPEC+'s decision to cut production, and that should slow increases elsewhere. Diesel and heating oil prices are likely to continue to rise as extremely low inventories of middle of the barrel products like these two push prices higher."

Remember yesterday?

Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
October 17, 2021: $3.75/g (U.S. Average: $3.30/g)
October 17, 2020: $2.62/g (U.S. Average: $2.16/g)
October 17, 2019: $3.28/g (U.S. Average: $2.67/g)
October 17, 2018: $3.48/g (U.S. Average: $2.86/g)
October 17, 2017: $2.89/g (U.S. Average: $2.45/g)
October 17, 2016: $2.68/g (U.S. Average: $2.23/g)
October 17, 2015: $2.43/g (U.S. Average: $2.26/g)
October 17, 2014: $3.38/g (U.S. Average: $3.13/g)
October 17, 2013: $3.51/g (U.S. Average: $3.35/g)
October 17, 2012: $4.02/g (U.S. Average: $3.75/g)

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