Gas prices took a sharp upturn over the past week.
The average retail price of gasoline in the Sacramento area rose 9.7 cents, to $3.78 a gallon, according to the latest weekly report by national price tracker GasBuddy.com, which surveys 720 stations in the area.
Area prices are still 30.8 cents lower than one year ago but 2.4 cents higher than a month ago.
Nationally, the average price of gas fell 2.3 cents over the past week to $3.59 a gallon matching the month-ago price and 22.3 cents below a year ago.
Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy, said California was impacted by a shrap rise in wholesale fuel prices and problems at three refineries producing gasoline for the Golden States.
DeHaan noted that U.S. gas prices have been holding steady amid a so-far quiet hurricane season and despite turmoil in Syria.
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