Area average per-gallon gas price drops 6 cents

Average retail gasoline prices in the Nashville area fell 6 cents per gallon during the past week, averaging $3.59 per gallon as of Sunday, according to gasoline price website

This compares with the national average of $3.79, a drop of 2.4 cents.

Nashville prices Sunday were 36.5 cents per gallon higher than they were on the same day one year ago and 8.6 cents per gallon lower than they were four weeks ago. The national average has decreased 0.8 cents per gallon during the last four weeks and stands 33.2 cents per gallon higher than on this day one year ago.

“In the last few years, we've typically seen a seasonal downward trend at the gas pump as the cooler temperatures invade," Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said in a release. "We just haven't seen any sort of real decline at the pump yet this autumn. This year has seen one of the warmest ever — temperatures and gasoline prices alike. High temperatures have been blamed on global warming. Perhaps we're seeing a long term 'pump warming' equivalent at retail pumps. Either way, the small drop in gasoline prices isn't to the satisfaction of many, and I don't see enough relief to satisfy the majority of American motorists any time soon.”

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