I write many posts on past weather history and I will add some weather history into todays post as well. When MV wrote on some of his personal history in his youth it gave me the idea to add some of mine. I am several years older than MV as I was born in November 1950 in Bay City.
November 1950 the month I was born started out on the very warm side as even at Saginaw (that is the official reading for the tri cities of Bay City, Midland and Saginaw) had a high of 80 on November 1st 1950 two days later the high at Saginaw was just 35 and there was a trace of snow on the ground. On my birth day the high was 47 and the low was 37. Later that month the high was just 13° and the low was 0 on the 24th and there was 8” of snow on the ground. The temperature range was even greater here in Grand Rapids as the record high for November of 81 was set on the 1st and the record low of -10 was set on 24th Wow both Mookie and Rocky would have loved that. In 1950 the average middle class famiy made just under 3,000 a year. A new house was around 8,400 a new car 1,510 the average rent in the US was $75.00 a month and the price of gas was 18 Cents a gallon. Of course I have no memory of any of that. So now I will jump to August 1955 the month MV was born in I do have some memory of 1954 and 1955 but not much. August 1955 weather. August 1955 was a very warm month with a mean here at Grand Rapids of 75.0 and that was a departure of +4.2 The month started with 4 days in a row of 90+ and going back to the end of July there were 7 days in a row of 90+ reaching a high of 96 on the 2nd MV birth day was a little cooler with a high of just 80. But here in GR there was another period of 6 days in a row of 90+ days with the high reaching 97 on August 19th (Mookie would have had a field day) In 1955 the average income was $4,100 a year. price of a new house was $10,900. Of a new car was $1,900. Rent was $87.00 and a gallon of gas cost 0.23 cents. Some of the things I remember from around 1955 to 1960 (more so each year) My dad had a 1948 Pontiac that was a stick shift. He was an electrician and worked for Defoe Ship Building in Bay City 0ff and on (they made ships so it depended on their contracts) when he got laid off in the Recession of 1958. He got a job in Alpena and we moved up there for 4 years. My dad fixed radios and TV’s at home so we always had a TV and of course radio’s and lots and lots of tubes. My at home job at that time was to go and get the tubes that we did not have on hand. In Bay City it was a 6 block walk so I would make several trips a week doing that. In Alpena it was a 9 mile trip so I did not go myself but went with my dad. By this time we now had a 1955 Ford and that car was an automatic and it had a radio. In those days Bay City only had 2 TV stations and there was only AM radio stations and up in Alpena there were no local TV stations and only 1 AM radio station. but they did have a crude TV cable network and we could get the Detroit stations along with the Bay City and Saginaw stations. As for radio while there was only 1 radio station at night the AM dial would come alive and we could get radio stations from all across the eastern part of the US.
So with fewer distractions when I was a kid we spent much more time outdoors, in the summer time we would be outside from just after we would get up until sundown. Heck we would even eat outside on an old table. Of course everything was not always as it seamed even back in that time either. There were two major undeclared wars and the ongoing “cold war” remember the fallout shelters? . There were downturns in the economy. So always remember that just like the weather things in life can change and just like the weather sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. We just have to do the best we can.
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