Gas prices are still rising in the South Sound this week despite the unofficial end of the summer vacation season on the Labor Day weekend.
According to the News Tribune’s Gas Deal Finder Tacoma-area gas prices were averaging $4.042 a gallon for unleaded regular Tuesday.
That’s a 0.7 cent increase from Monday. A week ago, gas was selling here for an average of $4.023 a gallon. A month ago, the average price was $3.683 a gallon in the Tacoma area.
In a normal year — and 2012 has not been a normal year as far as gasoline prices are concerned here — prices begin dropping in late summer and decline until just before Christmas.
Prices then rise gradually until just about Memorial Day and then fall slightly to a stable price range that lasts all summer.
This year has seen prices jump steeply in March and April here when they normally would be just drifting higher. After Memorial Day, prices declined steeply from about $4.31 a gallon to $3.48 a gallon in early supply before reversing directions again.
Two refinery fires, including one that shut down the Evergreen State’s largest refinery at Cherry Point and another that inhibited production at a Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif., were unexpected issues that contributed to the strange patterns of prices jumps and declines this year.
Tacoma USA Trend
Today 4.042 3.804 Prices Rising
Yesterday 4.035 3.805
One Week Ago 4.023 3.791
One Month Ago 3.683 3.602
One Year Ago 3.806 3.676
* Average Regular Gas Prices – Update