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Gas up 13.5 cents in CA, lowest May supply in decades

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The national average for gasoline is falling, but in California, the cost of regular gas jumped more than 13 cents since last week. 

The Western U.S., faced with the lowest May gasoline supplies in 20 years, is seeing a spike in the price at the pump. Up from $4.210 a week ago, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in the Golden State is now $4.345, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report, reports the L.A. Times. The national average is $3.727 per gallon.

Gasoline suppliers in Washington have been looking to California following a fire that forced a refinery shutdown in March. This, plus the operation of fewer refineries overall, have analysts pointing to refinery maintenance problems as the source of the spikes and shortages. They disagree about how long the situation will last.