After a month of declines Yakima drivers are seeing a big increase at the pump this week. Officails at GasBuddy say average gas prices are up 28.7 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.63 per gallon today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 91 stations in Yakima. GasBuddy officials say prices in Yakima are 16.0 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 94.6 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The Statewide average stands at $4.87 per gallon. The national average price of diesel has declined 5.1 cents in the last week and stands at $4.88 per gallon.

You'll find the cheapest gas in the valley in Wapato

Looking for the cheapest gas in the valley? It's in Wapato priced at $3.87 per gallon. The lowest price in the state yesterday was $3.82 per gallon while the highest was $5.69 per gallon. The national average price of gasoline has risen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.67 per gallon today. The national average is down 17.5 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 49.3 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.

All the declines we've been enjoying are now a thing of the past

"One of the longest gas price declines on record has finally come to an end after 14 weeks, with gas prices shooting up in several regions amidst myriad refinery issues from the West Coast to the Great Lakes and in between," says Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. "I don't know that I've ever seen a wider gamut of price behaviors coast to coast in my career. A slew of unexpected refinery disruptions, including fires and routine maintenance, have seemingly all happened in a short span of time, causing wholesale gas prices to spike in areas of the West Coast, Great Lakes and Plains states - and some of those areas could see prices spike another 25-75 cents per gallon or more until issues are worked out. In addition, as Tropical Storm Ian nears the U.S. coast, some refiners could see limited disruption. As a precaution, GasBuddy has activated its Fuel Availability Tracker for motorists in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. Hopefully, disruptions will be very limited due to Ian, but there remain many factors driving prices both up and down across the country."

Remember when?

Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
September 26, 2021: $3.69/g (U.S. Average: $3.17/g)
September 26, 2020: $2.68/g (U.S. Average: $2.19/g)
September 26, 2019: $3.11/g (U.S. Average: $2.65/g)
September 26, 2018: $3.33/g (U.S. Average: $2.87/g)
September 26, 2017: $2.99/g (U.S. Average: $2.56/g)
September 26, 2016: $2.69/g (U.S. Average: $2.20/g)
September 26, 2015: $2.58/g (U.S. Average: $2.28/g)
September 26, 2014: $3.70/g (U.S. Average: $3.34/g)
September 26, 2013: $3.66/g (U.S. Average: $3.42/g)
September 26, 2012: $3.99/g (U.S. Average: $3.80/g)

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

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