Yesterday, as best I can remember, regular gasoline in Durham cost somewhere around $3.60-something a gallon. This morning in Chapel Hill, where it's usually a few cents more expensive, it was $3.70-something. I thought "Ok, gas prices are climbing again." Heh. Little did I know.
I just went to fill up.
Gas is $4.29 a gallon.
Yes, I know about the hurricane. But fuck me.
Edit: Tonight, a day later, the service station that had gas at $4.29 was down to $3.99. But the station across the street that also went up to $4.20-something was up to $4.59.
While I'm complaining: Crude oil prices peaked in Early July at about $145/barrel. Since then, the price of oil has come down below $100/barrel. That's a little over a 30% drop. In the same period, gas (ignoring today's swing) has dropped from $4.00-something a gallon to $3.60-something a gallon. That's only a 10% drop.
I imagine the oil companies are going to say that gas prices lag crude oil prices. But that lag only seems to happen when prices are dropping, not when they're going up. Today's display is just more of the same.
I'm not usually one to complain about commodity prices, especially considering there's two Middle East wars going on and a big-ass hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. But if someone breaks something off in my ass, I feel the need to say ouch.
In the "Things I'm Thankful For" department: the weather around here lately. Right now it's 77°F. and sunny, with enough fair-weather cumulus to cast an occasional pleasant bit o' shade. Humidity is low, despite the fact that we've had enough rain to almost move us out of the drought category. Today's weather makes me want to run nekkid through the grass, but I'm not going to do that, because I like and respect my neighbors too much. ;)
There's some kind of icy crap coming down outside. It was coming down a little after 10 p.m. when I left a friend's place. It's mixed in with rain, so it's not obvious immediately, but it's there. It's still there now at 11, although now it's more like snow and less like rain/ice pellets. NWS says we're going to wake up to an inch or so of snow. I'd be more excited if I had a job to stay home from. :)
I'm not so much worried about the possible 1 to 3 inches of snow called for tomorrow. I'm a little more concerned about a forecast 12° F. low later in the week, with more precipitation behind that. I thought that I saw a TV weather channel predicting more snow later in the week, but their online maps don't confirm that, nor do anyone else's I looked at.
I guess as long as we get precipitation, I should be happy: we're still running about a 9 inch rainfall deficit since the beginning of 2007. Maybe that's just compensation for the 10½ inch excess we got in 2006. :/ In any case, Lake Michie is still about 14 feet below "full."