Quiet In The Tropics Means Lower Gas Prices In Houston

Houston drivers are paying less for a gallon of gas this week, but analysts are still keeping an eye on events abroad that could drive up prices.

The weekly survey from shows Houston drivers are now paying about two cents less for a gallon of gas  than they were last week. 

The average now stands at 3.39 a gallon. Gas Buddy analyst Patrick DeHaan says that’s about 13 cents lower than a year ago.  

“A lot of it is absence of activity in the tropics. Last year we had seen a few storms that had threatened Gulf Coast production by this point. This year we haven’t seen any sort of threat to the Gulf.” 

But DeHaan says instability in the Middle East could have an affect on oil markets. 

“The situation in Egypt hadn’t led to an increase in price to this point. But as I said, with things there seemingly taking a turn for the worst again, we may see prices go up in the week ahead.”  

DeHaan says gas prices usually drop at the end of the summer driving season because of a lack of demand.  


Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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