Gasoline prices rose across the state and nation in the past week, climbing 3 cents across Kansas.
Despite this, gas prices in Dodge City have fluctuated high and low over that time.
Last week gasoline prices in Dodge City were hovering around $1.98 before jumping up to $2.10 at most locations.
But, as the week went on, prices locally slowly dropped, with the cheapest price for a gallon of regular unleaded sitting at $2.01 at Dillons, Kwik Shops and Murphy USA.
Love’s Travel Plazas have been at $2.05 for the entire time.
This compares to a Kansas average of $2.10 a gallon and a US average of $2.25 a gallon.
"Gasoline prices have risen in much of the country over the last week as crude oil prices rose to more than $50 per barrel as market weighed the possibility of Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries cutting production," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com. "Among the hardest hit were Great Lakes states as refinery issues also pushed fuel prices higher. And while hundreds of gas stations in Florida ran out of gasoline ahead of Hurricane Matthew, much of the increase was not because of the storm, but due to the rise in crude oil prices.
"Finding gas may be challenging in some parts of the Southeast in the week ahead."
According to AAA Kansas, crude oil prices reacted to news OPEC will alter production in order to influence prices higher soon. OPEC members are scheduled to have a number of meetings before the end of November in order to identify the details of an output agreement, which has supported the bearish sentiment for crude oil over the past week.
But DeHaan said there are signs the OPEC production reduction may not happen.
"Moving forward, oil may be on shaky ground as signs emerge that OPEC may not cut production as they indicated two weeks ago," he said. "The Saudis recently cut crude oil prices to some customers for November delivery, a fresh sign the Kingdom is staying aggressive about market share. This could lead to some relief as we head towards the holidays."
Right now in Kansas, Parsons has the lowest prices at $1.87 a gallon at two locations. Parsons also has the top six stations for lowest price. Pittsburg is next with several stations at $1.92 a gallon.
The highest price per gallon — as it has been for almost a month — is Qwest Fuel in Hays with a price of $2.49 a gallon.