Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Over the last week, the average retail price of a gallon of gas in the Columbia area has dropped 7.1 cents, outpacing the national average drop of 2.4 cents per gallon.
The average price in the Midlands dropped to $3.47 on Sunday, 32 cents below the national price of $3.79 per gallon; prices provided courtesy of consumer gasoline price monitoring site ColumbiaGasPrices.com.
"In the last few years, we've typically seen a seasonal downward trend at the gas pump as the cooler temperatures invade," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.
"We just haven't seen any sort of real decline at the pump yet this autumn. This year has seen one of the warmest-ever temperatures and gasoline prices alike. High temperatures have been blamed on global warming, perhaps we're seeing a long term "pump warming" equivalent at retail pumps. Either way, the small drop in gasoline prices isn't to the satisfaction of many, and I don't see enough relief to satisfy the majority of American motorists any time soon," DeHaan said.