Why are Kansas City gas prices rising so much faster than the national average?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline jumped more than 10 cents locally Thursday, with prices seen even well above the listed averages.

The average price in Kansas City, Mo., went from $3.587 on Wednesday to $3.698 on Thursday, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. The price was seen as high as $3.82 early Thursday on Noland Road in Independence.

On the other side of the state line, AAA reports local gas prices jumped from $3.670 on Wednesday to $3.773 on Thursday. We found a station in Shawnee selling a gallon of regular unleaded for $3.899.

Missouri and Kansas, who usually fall below the national average in gas prices, are now both well over the national average of $3.601.

Since May 1, the US average has gone up only about 8 cents, while the average price in Kansas City has risen more than 43 cents.

So we went to the experts to find out why the Midwest is seeing such a spike. 

AAA says it's the type of gas.

"I suspect it has to do with the fact that we are still in the process of converting from winter grade gasoline to summer grade gasoline," said Mike Right, VP of Public Affairs for AAA Missouri.

Meanwhile, a different expert tells us it's because of a delay in shipments from a pipeline in the Gulf and scheduled maintenance on a refinery used in this area is holding up production -- along with an increase in demand.

"We are still in a fury stage," said Jeff Deatherage, President of The Professional Energy Group. "Trading companies are covering their demand right now."

Economist Christ Butler also pointed out that Kansas City gets most of its gas from a small selection of refineries in Chicago, El Dorado, Kan., and Tulsa, Okla.

"KC is supplied by very few refineries, making it especially susceptible to some kind of supply shock," he explained.

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