Black Friday

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For you courageous souls who participate in Black Friday deals at the stores, good luck to you.  I am not one to face the crowds let alone those on the one day of the year when many can be rabid to experience deep price cuts.

We had a peaceful Thanksgiving yesterday, however it is my turn for K.P. duty to peel and cut 20 pounds of potatoes today and prepare the turkey for roasting.


Here is the NWS take on the storm surge on Lake Michigan on the 27th.

Already high water levels on Lake Michigan combined with a storm surge on Wednesday November 27th, to produce water levels at Holland reaching levels not seen in 34 years. The last time it appears water levels were near this height at Holland was back in December of 1985. The levels on December 2nd 1985 reached 583.15ft. Yesterday we reached 582.98ft, only 0.17 feet off of the high. Strong westerly winds of 45-65 mph yesterday produced a sustained storm surge in the afternoon and evening, with the peak occurring near or just after dark Wednesday evening. The water level surge produced flooding in many beach towns as water pushed over the beach or through pier heads (through the channel) and into the inland lakes like Lake Macatawa. Ludington water levels were also very high, reaching 582.77ft on 11/27/19, with the high mark there being 582.80ft occurring in September of 1986. The storm surge in events like these are a steady rise occurring over hours due to the push of wind and water.

I wonder if we will have a snow event with high winds this winter – it certainly has been a wet and windy fall.

We are not seeing any severe Arctic outbreaks in the near term – temps will remain near 40° for daytime highs and near 30 for overnight lows.  Our next system will not be the wind maker we saw earlier this week, we will however see some snow and ice mainly north of Grand Rapids later tomorrow into Sunday.


 

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Andy W
Andy W

Ouch!!!! Poor Rocky!! Keep the WARMTH Running!!

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Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

But we were promised something about no wet dreams about a mild December like a year ago:

INDY
INDY
21* degrees out at thee YARDofBRICKS NE GR another below average day cold! Just the facts no wet dream thoughts about a warm December coming no wet dream thoughts about the weather a year ago being the same . ..Babby it’s cold outside thats a fact …….INDY

November 13, 2019 7:31 pm

Slim

With a moderate east to NE wind Saturday and Sunday any rain we get will be a cold rain. We shall see there may be some wet snow before it changes to rain and as I said it looks like a very cold raw rain on Sunday, Enjoy
Slim

Mookie
Mookie

Where’s the snow?

Slim

Here is some snow in Michigan
https://www.mtu.edu/webcams/
Slim

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Nice – ski season is getting revved up in snow country as we speak! Incredible!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Ya right! It is still only November and most years we don’t start seeing major snowstorms till mid to late December. Get ready for a major winter season in West MI! I absolutely love it!

Mookie
Mookie

No snow til mid to late December? I’d love another short winter like that!

Slim

Anyone remember just when the term “Black Friday” started? I know growing up in both Alpena and Bay City it was just the “day after Thanksgiving” and that was the day when both towns had their tree lighting events. As kids we would have to go downtown and sing carols before the tree and the other downtown lights were turned on. But I do not remember the term “Black Friday” used. The first time I can remember it was it must have been in the early 70’s on it was on the national news that was on at 6:30 it… Read more »

Slim

The first Black Friday had nothing to do with Christmas sales at all. Black Friday was the name was associated with September 24, 1869. Two speculators, Jay Gould, and James Fisk created Boom and bust cycle in gold prices. A stock market crash followed as prices fell 20%. The disruption in gold prices sent commodity prices plummeting 50%. So the first Black Friday was not a good thing. I was right back when I was growing up the term Black Friday was NOT used for the day after Thanksgiving sales and the unofficial start of the Christmas season. In 1966,… Read more »

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

I would call it Green Friday, due to all the money people will be blowing!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

9 out of the last 11 months GR has seen below normal temps! What an incredible stretch!

INDY
INDY

Rocky the post on here are starting to get a little nutty it better snow soon lol….Next people will be swimming in lk Michigan or still running there air conditioning DDDD..Have a great Black Friday …INDY …

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

You know it! Winter will be rocking in West MI! Bring it!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Don’t look now, but after today we will be below average for snowfall for the season, and by Sunday we will be below average for November as well. How is this possible? It’s been about 50 days since I bought new tires, and 49 of those I’ve had no snow to drive on.

Slim

New tires, new snow blowers, and plowing services are all good insurance for NOT having a lot of snow in the winter time. Heck the last two winters we went on a trip down south in both December and January and guess what? up here it was mild and no snow!
Slim

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

We are going out to Holland park either this afternoon or Sunday afternoon to see the damage. I can’t believe how far up the water must have been to destroy the walkway to the pier.

Slim

You know back in 1972/73 I lived in Bay City and there were two big storms with strong NE winds the first in November that one was a lot like this past storm with a lot of rain and wind and that pushed the waters of the Saginaw Bay a lot well up on shore as far as 2000 feet in places. Then the big St Patty day storm of March 17, 1973 and that one flooded the shore line and pushed the water up the Saginaw river all the way into the city of Bay City, People has to… Read more »