Did you see those gas prices in Florida? What can we blame for this?
This is not a typo on the sign for your neighborhood gas station. Gas prices are rising in South Florida.
And drivers feel it in their wallets when they hit the road for work, errands, and vacation.
According to GasBuddy’s daily poll of 1,690 Miami stations, Miami prices have increased nearly 13 cents a gallon since last week to an average of $ 2.62 on Tuesday. Miami gas prices are 20.8 cents a gallon higher than a month ago and 17 cents a gallon higher than a year ago
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Nationwide, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline at the end of January a month ago according to the AAA fuel price table was $ 2.399. Then it rose to $ 2,463 last week. Monday it was $ 2.608. Tuesday rose to the current $ 2,610, just a shade lower than what GasBuddy reported Tuesday morning.
And that's only for normal ones. The $ 2.97 on Monday for mid-range gasoline in a shell in Kendall is not your imagination.
Winter storm and gas prices
Texas is to blame.
It's actually not fair. Let's leave the feel of "Blame It on Texas" to the 90s Mark Chesnutt country song. It is not the Texans' fault that we saw the national average price of gasoline rise a cent per gallon (10.4 cents to be precise) to $ 2.63 a gallon.
Instead, Mother Nature is to blame in this part of the nation.
The Gulf Coast region sends a lot of fuel to Florida. This nasty arctic winter storm that hit the Lone Star State cut power to gasoline refineries in Texas and neighboring states, temporarily disrupting fuel deliveries.
Much of Florida’s fuel flows from refineries in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The Gulf Coast region accounts for more than 45% of total US oil refining capacity, according to a CBS4 report.
The national average is up 24.2 cents per gallon from the previous month. With a jump of 15.1 cents a gallon in Florida this week, we're a hair higher than the $ 2.622 we had a year ago in January 2020, according to GasBuddy.
But there is a big good side.
Florida is nowhere near the highest measured average price in the state, which was $ 4.079 per gallon on July 16, 2008, according to the AAA. And the state is well below the highest average of $ 3.784 recorded on February 23, 2013, according to GasBuddy.
"With the extreme cold shutting down millions of barrels of refinery capacity a day last week, gas prices have risen the most in a while," Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, said in a statement. "The price jump was the result of a dozen or so refineries, particularly in Texas, that had to shut down as the freezing temperatures threatened to destroy their exposed equipment."
But as the recovery continues in the region and refineries are back in full operation, gas prices should decline for a few weeks, De Haan predicts.
Then expect another seasonal spike, he said.
"As the spring weather approaches, we will likely see another longer-term price hike when refineries switch to summer gasoline, so motorists shouldn't be jumping for joy just yet."
The national average could flirt at $ 3 a gallon near Memorial Day weekend as refineries switch to cleaner summer fuels mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gas Buddy predicts. Not guaranteed, but "the chances are sure to increase."
Current averages in South Florida
The highest average regular gas price in South Florida on Tuesday is the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton area, where it is $ 2.719 according to the AAA. A week ago it was $ 2,594. A month ago $ 2,504. A year ago $ 2,536.
Fort Lauderdale-Broward is second highest at $ 2.639 on Tuesday, $ 2.511 a week ago, $ 2.427 a month ago, and $ 2.445 a year ago.
Miami-Dade is $ 2.629 on Tuesday, $ 2.485 a week ago, and $ 2.450 a year ago. The price range varies from a low of $ 2.37 for a West Star at 3700 S. Dixie Hwy and Southwest 37th Avenue to $ 3.55 for a marathon at 945 Fifth Street and Michigan Avenues in Miami Beach, according to GasBuddy.
The Florida Keys average is between $ 2.42 per gallon and $ 2.69, according to GasBuddy - higher in Key West ($ 2.59 - $ 2.86) than in Key Largo ($ 2.53 to $ 2.59) ).
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