Here's a photo of a gas-station sign in Hawaii taken very recently. Outrageous, we know. But it's just Hawaii, right? A place where everything besides pineapples and suntans have to be imported? Don't be so sure. These horribly depressing signs are likely soon to be headed to the mainland.
In fact, similar signs are already here. GasBuddy.com lists the Shell station at 5157 Lakemont Blvd. S.E. in Bellevue as having the most expensive gas in the Seattle area right now, at $4.13 per gallon.
KIRO also reports that gas-price "forecaster" Bob van der Valk says he expects gas to top $4.50 on average this summer.
Here is a chart showing gas prices in the Seattle area compared to the national average over the last six years.
As you can see, gas prices in Seattle are consistently above the national average (common in the entire Pacific Northwest). But with prices already hovering in the $4 range, once the traditional summertime price-hike hits, Mr. van der Valk's prediction of $4.50 gas might end up on the low side.