Gas Prices in Huntsville Jump 28 Cents Since Last Month

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Average retail gasoline prices in Huntsville have risen 9.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.53/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 261 gas outlets in Huntsville. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.59/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Huntsville during the past week, prices yesterday were 17.1 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 27.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 9.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 7.2 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

“The national average has zoomed higher in the last week, regaining some upward momentum and bringing us to the highest national average so far this year,” said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. “As we get very near the final shift to summer spec gasoline, we’re seeing prices continue to creep higher in many communities across the country. GasBuddy last week released a forecast for what motorists should expect this summer, and to summarize, we expect prices nationally between April and September to average out to $3.52/gal, which would be slightly under the same period last year,” DeHaan said.

With the first quarter of the year over, GasBuddy looked at what took place at some 120,000 gas stations across the United States during the first quarter, as well as what is yet to come.

Virginia boasted the largest savings at the pump for January through March versus the same time period in 2013, at 23.7 cents per gallon. Also in the top five are Georgia (23.5c/gal lower), Mississippi (23.5c/gal), South Carolina (23.2c/gal), and Alabama (23.1c/gal). A total of 48 states saw lower gas prices this year than last during the first quarter, with the exceptions being Colorado (8.6c/gal higher), and Wyoming (14c/gal higher).

Montana saw the cheapest average in the first quarter, with gas prices averaging a mere $3.09/gal. Hawaii saw the highest prices, averaging $4.06/gal. Unsurprisingly, it was cities in these states that fared the best and worst, respectively. Billings, MT saw gas average $3.06/gal while Honolulu saw prices average $3.97/gal. California cities rounded out the rest of the cities where prices were highest during the first quarter.

The price of $3.49/gal was the most common in the U.S. yesterday, with 4,742 stations charging that price, while $3.59/gal was the second most popular price, with 4,522 stations charging that price.

Motorists in California have seen the longest streak of rising prices, at 66 consecutive days, while Washington and Virginia round out the top three at 55 and 54 days respectively. West Virginia and New York appear in the #4 and #5 positions with 53 and 44 days respectively.

So what’s ahead? According to GasBuddy analysts, the rise in prices will likely persist for several more weeks. “Motorists face rising prices every spring for varying reasons, but most notably because of refinery maintenance that slows production of gasoline and stations being required to sell cleaner burning blends of gasoline that cost them more,” said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.

“We believe that gas prices nationally will average $3.52/gallon for the April through September time frame, which would be the lowest we’ve seen in a few years,” DeHaan said.

“Hotspots could certainly develop in any state over the next month or so as refiners finish maintenance, so motorists should be prepared for it, but once June rolls around, we will begin to see relief,” said Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com.

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5 comments

  • Dennis

    The summer blend excuse is getting old. And what about diesel? there is no summer blend so explain the increase on diesel.

  • Charles Bavar

    the only reason i can see is greed. it is a way for the gas company to make a greater profit margin. and a way for our government to get a bigger cut. our government try to control the amount of traveling. pick one. they all are right. wake up america.

    • Branko Pezdi

      So now the government and the evil oil companies collude every spring to drive prices up. I thought it was just the oil companies doing this every April. Do they also collude every autumn to bring the prices back down? Is it just the major oil companies? Is it just the American oil companies? Do the CEOs of the oil companies go on a junket to the White House or the Treasury in Washington and have a cigar smoking session to set the prices? Why doesn’t one company stab the others in the back and undercut the agreed upon prices to drive up volume and increase their profits at the expense of the others? And here’s the easiest question to answer: are you deliberately dumb or just born that way?

  • Lana

    I hear all kinds of reasons and excuses for high gas prices, but none of them make sense. And to add to the frustration, Alabama has some stupid law in place where gas stations can not reward customers by selling them cheaper gas. This does not make any sense either. Usually when things do not make sense it is because someone is being dishonest….

  • CN

    …And you are living in a fool’s paradise if you think that the petroleum/gasoline market is not manipulated. This market is almost a pure oligopoly. Look up the word and get educated.

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