Gas Prices

June 1st, 2013 at 11:21 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

gas prices

Here’s the latest from ED:  “Saturday, June 1, 2013, 8:30AM:  I just got back from my Saturday morning walk, and I got to see the local Speedway implement a rare Saturday hike, to $4.15.  An industry insider tells me that Friday afternoon in Chicago, there was an inexplicable spike in wholesale prices, one that was not matched in other parts of the country.  There were a number of odd end-of-month actions in markets Friday afternoon, including the sudden drop in stock prices from 3:25 to 4:00 PM.  Sometimes these occur due to traders and financiers balancing their books at the end of the month, which probably doesn’t bother them much, but this morning we see concrete consequences of trading-based, as opposed to supply-and-demand-based, volatility.  Journalists and political leaders, if you want to investigate a good example of what is going on with gas prices, here it is! — Ed Aboufadel      Bill adds:  I saw gas as low as $3.21 last week in Clinton, TN.  I bought gas in KY for $3.49 on Friday and $3.79 in NW Indiana on Saturday.  Here in Wilmette (in high tax Cook Co., Illinois) it’s $4.29 at the BP down the street..  I always fill up in NW Indiana, so I don’t have to pay Chicago prices.  We were driving my mother and her car back from Tennessee, where she spends the cool months to Wilmette IL for the summer.  She’ll be 94 in July and still drives (small trips in daytime close to home).   She has a Suburu Forester (24,000 miles, mostly going back and forth from TN to IL).  It gets very good highway mileage.  In NW Indiana, there were five gas stations by the expressway.  Four were at $3.79 and one had gone up to $4.09.   No one was at the odd high-priced station.   You can find out the latest gas price in your area at gasbuddy.

22 Responses to “Gas Prices”

  1. Nathan says:

    I have a question… If the dew point is 71 and the air temperature is 81, how does this work? Is the air totally full of moisture

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      No, it’s humid, but not “full” of moisture. It the temp was 81 and the dewpoint was 81, it would be “full”. The relative humidity would be 100%. The only time I have ever seen values close to those levels around here is in an extremely hot airmass, late morning or early afternoon, when it has just stopped raining.

      1. Hugh says:

        Thanks – I was wondering too :)

  2. Jack says:

    GAS PRICES……hmmmmmmmm, Why Do They Go UP ? When I’m RUNNING ON EMPTY::::::::: ;-)

  3. INDY says:


  4. tinainvbcounty says:

    My phone received a beach hazard alert message from wood tv for Allegan and Van Buren, but it only brings me to the flood alerts for Ionia, Barry, etc. Was that just a mistake, or are there any beach hazards?

    1. Cort S. says:

      Yes, there are beach hazards today. Breezy NW winds mean there will be rough waves and rip currents.

  5. jtwolters says:

    I graduated from college in 1998 as a social worker. I got a job in the Allegan County area as a Head Start Family Advocate and did home visits. I did a LOT of driving…drove from Holland to Allegan daily plus put a lot of miles on my car doing home visits throughout all of Allegan County. I drove a 1994 two door Honda Civic that had a 10 gallon gas tank. At that time, gas prices were right around a buck a gallon. I could fill my tank for 10 bucks and go over 400 miles on a tank of gas…WOW…those were the days!

    1. Nicthalon says:

      Yeah, modern emissions standards have hurt the wallet, with lower fuel mileage across the board, as much or more than even the higher gas prices. You could find tons of 40-50mpg cars in the 70s and 80s, but they’re still few and far between today.

  6. Watchman Tyler (jenison, via iPhone 5) says:

    So when can we expect to see gas go back down?

  7. Mindy ( Mason MI ) says:

    Seems lately Big Oil Companys can get away with excuses more and more frequently!!!! With our current Attourney General, you know who’s side he’s on, never attempts to investagate any wrong doings!!!!

    1. Ned S. (Now in South Holland) says:

      You know this for a fact do you? You know everything that the AG does on a daily basis? You don’t even know how to spell.

  8. skyler says:

    ‘we the people’ have the right and the law makers have the duty to put regulations on this un-tamed, highly corrupt sector! I don’t know when ‘we the people’ will demand it rather than controlling the pussy and gays and lesbians? Americans never fight for the real issues and lives in whimsy of superficial fake ‘christmas’ world!

    1. Deb says:

      Skyler, what was the reason for the highly inappropriate language? You started with a very good message then totally blew your point with the language that wasn’t necessary and I find highly offensive as a woman.

    2. Ned S. (Now in South Holland) says:

      Just what we need, more government intervention in our lives.

    3. Dennis says:

      If the government would get off our backs about drilling, gas price would go down. The more there is of something the lower its value. Also, government printing money (quantitative easing)has reduced the value of the dollar causing the problem in the first place. Government’s the problem… not the solution.

  9. BJ says:

    I was out early Saturday morning on 28th St. and I noticed that a gas station that normally has low prices had gas for $4.15 a gallon. A station down the block had gas for $3.78 and there were a lot of cars there filling up. I was waiting for prices to go down before I filled up, but when I saw that $4.15 I drove in and filled up my tank for $3.78.
    I have to drive to Milwaukee next week. I noticed there is road construction past Chicago all the way up to Wisconsin. Has anyone driven there lately and is the driving really slow?

    1. Matt says:

      BJ you can check this website for traffic data such as crashes and backups as your looking for…. I went to the milwaukee section for you but you can just scroll down and look at chicago and everything back to MI if you like as well. If you have an android phone I know this information is relayed to you by setting up a traffic widget to your destination it will tell you about accidents and backups along the way. If you have one and need help I will give you more info

      1. BJ says:

        Thank you Matt. No, I don’t have an android phone but thank you for the help. I was thinking of taking the Lake Express across Lake Michigan, but it doesn’t arrive in Milwaukee until late morning and it leaves for Muskegon before I have to return. So I have to drive.

  10. Amanda says:

    Just another excuse for the oil companies to fill their pockets even more with our hard earned money! The only hard work they seem to be doing is figuring out how to take more of our money! We should definitely be producing our own oil! We have enough in our country to support ourselves but because of the animals and trees people say that we can’t. Stupid!!! God will take care of them! We have to take care of ourselves!

  11. Julia says:

    Forget those gas prices…you have a 94-year-old Mother that still drives? CRAZY!

  12. Dale says:

    Here in northwest Alabama at Walmart, the gas is $3.16 for regular unleaded.

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