Black Friday

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Black Friday is an informal name for the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, the fourth Thursday of November, which has been regarded as the beginning of the country’s Christmas shopping season since 1952 and the day shopkeepers balance sheets turned black (positive) from red (loss).

A lot of folks fight their way through the crowds seeking deals for Christmas or themselves some times getting out of hand and showing their worst sides.  I am sure it starts in the parking lots with the irritation of looking for a space to park the car.  I have a handicap plate but sometimes that doesn’t help as there are those who don’t care where they park.

I spoke yesterday of showing kindness and courtesy to others – this doesn’t always work as some will look at you as if you were wearing a moose-head on your shoulders and push on by.  I have seen some of these events get pretty ugly and riotous.  If I go out to shop I stick to the grocery store downtown and call it good.  Some of my kids go out shopping today, but they are younger and have more gumption to do this than I do.  If I shop on black Friday it will be online.


Weather wise it will be a great day for moving on the roads the main hazard will be traffic.  A breezy day is in store with sunshine and highs in the 50s, before a cold front brings clouds and a few light rain showers or drizzle tonight and Saturday. Dry conditions are expected Sunday through mid week with above normal temperatures continuing through the next two weeks.  No big storms of rain or snow are expected.  Below is the CPC forecast for the next couple weeks.

 

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Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

It was beautiful outside today. Got out for a walk with the sun beating on your face & it felt great. Coming back home the breeze had picked up & was a tad chilly. Dog loved it.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Crazy warm out today! Just hit 60 degrees, I think the first 60 I’ve recorded here this month! But better yet, 2 days with lotsa sun! It’s been so gloomy the past month. Each passing day now, the winter season is looking more and more like the past several. Mild with little to no snow to be seen.

ROCKY (Rockford)
ROCKY (Rockford)

Only in your wildest dreams! This winter will be AWESOME for SNOW lovers! By the end of December we will be locked into the grips of Old Man Winter and it will last through March!!!!

Slim

I am going to try and do this ever day (unless I get a lot of complaints) I will call it “Climatology for Today” the readings and records will be for Grand Rapids, MI and taken from GRR
Climatology for Today November 24th
The average high/lo 40.6/27.8. The warmest high 66° in 1931 the coldest maximum 11° in 1950. The warmest minimum was 55° in 2001. The coldest low was -9° in 1950. The most precipitation was 1.09” in 1973. The most snow fall was 9.7” in 2004 and the most snow on the ground was 5” in 2000.
Slim

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Absolutely love this Slim! I would never tire of reading daily stats. The more the better!

Slim

I grew up in small towns (Bay City and Alpena) and while the day after Thanksgiving was the start of the Christmas shopping season (both towns had Christmas Tree lightning events on the Friday after Thanksgiving) but I do NOT remember it being called Black Friday. Anyone recall the start of it being called that? First time I can remember was sometime in the mid 1970″
The weather still looks very mild for the foreseeable future’
Slim

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

I know it never was many years ago. I wish they would change the name of it. I just remember it being the start of the Christmas season.