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Delta Brogden pumps gas March 16 at a station in Atlanta. Why the seasonal spike in gas prices during spring? It's the time of year refineries start making a cleaner, more expensive blend of gasoline for summer. The average price of gasoline could surpass $4 per gallon nationwide as early as mid-April.

Spring for high gas prices: Refineries gearing up to make cleaner summer blend

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Ahh, spring. The days get longer, flowers bloom, and gasoline gets more expensive.

It's a galling time for drivers, and it's more maddening than usual this year. The average price of gasoline could surpass $4 per gallon nationwide as early as this week. It's already $3.93 per gallon, a record for this time of year.

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