Let’s hope this isn’t part of a new trend.
Gas prices, after dropping for about a week, are headed upward again in the South Sound. The average price of a gallon of gas in the Tacoma area Friday was $3.985 a gallon. That’s up from $3.979 Thursday and about three cents higher than it was earlier this week.
The Friday price is now just shy of where they were a week ago, $3.995 a gallon according to The News Tribune’s Gas Deal Finder.
Less expensive gas is still available. The area’s lowest prices, $3.75 a gallon, were at the Arco station on Highwy 410 at 208th Avenue East in Bonney Lake.
Local gas prices are about 20 cents higher than the national average.
Ordinarily, gas prices begin descending after Labor Day until just before Christmas. But 2012 has been anything but ordinary with gas prices here cresting about $4 a gallon in the spring, falling slightly and then rising again to a $4-plus price during the Memorial Day weekend. Prices then fell steeply to $3.48 a gallon in the first week of July and heading upward again to $4 territory in August and early September.
How do you say volatile?