Gas prices have steadily dropped in Bellingham and could continue to do so if national trends hold.
The average price for a gallon of gas in Bellingham was $3.79 on Monday, Sept. 23, according to AAA Washington's Fuel Gauge Report. That's down 4 cents from last week and down 35 cents compared to a year ago.
Diesel prices also have steadily dropped in Bellingham, with the average price on Sept. 23 at $4.08. That's down 31 cents from a year ago.
Tom Kloza, an analyst for GasBuddy.com, expects prices to continue to drop during the autumn months because of high U.S. refining rates and lower consumer demand. Nationally, gas prices are averaging $3.49 a gallon.
In a news release, Kloza said he believes that if fear factors ease, gas prices could drop below the $3.21-a-gallon mark seen last year.
According to a GasBuddy.com news release, eight states have at least a smattering of stations offering gas for less than $3 a gallon. Hawaii is the only state to average more than $4 a gallon.
Bellingham's average price remains the highest among major Washington metro areas. The Seattle area was next highest, averaging $3.76 a gallon. The Richland area had the least expensive, at $3.64 a gallon.