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Too hot to gas up?

Posted in The circus has landed by justescaped on March 9, 2007



Long have I (and the wife) have suspected that the colder it gets, the lower the gas prices drop in Minnesota. So I did some PhD level R&D, and here’s the heado a heado comparison of fares and temperature in Minnesota.

Some trends are obvious correlation-wise, both do peak and drop in the same periods ( at least in the last one year sample). This could all be a hazy coincidence, but if the model holds true, then check the weather channel before filling up that tank. Cooler climes could be half a gallon away.
But this is Minnesota, and weird things happen in life at -20 F.

Asides, the excellent temperature data was provided by Wunderground. The gas price history was gleaned from Minnesotagasprices.com, which despite the name, has the latest gas prices around the US, overlaid with google-style maps. Excellent affair, overall. Here’s a sample map from San Francisco, one of the priciest counties in the US, generated by Minnesotagasprices.

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