We all had a short thrill when the cost of gasoline dropped under the $2.00 mark this past week.

But I hope you filled up then, because as predicted those prices did not last. The price per gallon jumped 9 cents a gallon overnight here in Tampa Bay and an average of 5 cents per gallon through out the state. In some parts of Florida the cost rose to as much a $2.19 per gallon.

The jump is due to higher crude oil prices, which are currently more than $50 a barrel, up from about $43 a barrel at the end of 2018. Last year’s high for crude oil was $75 a barrel.

Doesn’t appear we will see anything close to those prices anytime soon. It was nice while it lasted, I guess.

For the full story read more at Tampa Bay Times HERE!

Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .