Gas prices are up 21 cents in Omaha compared to this time last year.
That’s according to gasbuddy.com, a site that tracks gas prices daily throughout the U.S. and Canada. Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan says prices are down 4 cents a gallon in Omaha compared to last week, averaging $3.53 cents a gallon, but are still well above this time in 2013.
"Prices last year peaked in early February and declined until May, and then went up very sharply for the month of May in to June. This year, we’re seeing kind of a gradual upward trend, so this year and last year are different in the fact that this year’s trend in upward prices has been a slower, more gradual increase that has taken place over a longer period of time."
DeHaan says prices are up nationally due to refinery maintenance. DeHaan expects that will cause prices in Omaha to rise again in May before peaking over the next 2 to 6 weeks.