As it has been said, a picture is worth a thousand words. Having said that, this already is turning into a long story.

Let's get right down to it. The map we've put together is for average prices. This is different than our summer forecast in that the summer map/forecast showed expected price peaks, not an average, like this map.

This is a forecast of prices for today through the end of 2011. You'll note that prices will remain higher than average on the West Coast and lower than average in states with exceptionally low gasoline taxes. Illinois is the only state in the Midwest colored yellow, but we expect that as summer blends disappear, so will higher than average prices in that state.

You'll note that not only West Coast states have higher averages, but that states slightly inland from the coast will see similar prices. Idaho, Utah, and Montana will see, to lesser degree, higher than average prices. That pricing may even make its way to parts of North Dakota.

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