Post #937: It’s déjà vu all over again, I hope.

Posted on January 3, 2021

Thanksgiving is a relatively brief holiday interval.  Per Post #909, that introduced a short-lived artifact in the data that looked like this:

When that arrived in the data, my reaction was a) shock, and b) a sincere hope that this was some transient effect of Thanksgiving.  Which it in fact turned out to be.

The year-end holidays are a longer holiday period.  A lot of people take the entire last week of the year off, and then some.  And of late, we’re now seeing something that I sincerely hope is the Christmas/New Year’s analog of the Thanksgiving data blip.

And as with Thanksgiving, all I can say at this point is that I sure hope that’s just some transient impact of the holidays.  Not quite as crisp as the Thanksgiving artifact.  Probably not quite as short-lived.  But I sure hope that’s what it is.

And I now see that the NY Times has addressed this issue in detail.

Guess we’ll know one way or the other in a few days.