No snow fell on Christmas Day in New York.
None fell on New Year's Day north in Duchess County either, although snow clung to the rocky shadows in the woods.
The North Atlantic states were experiencing an extraordinarily warm winter, despite my prayers to pagan snow gods.
Two days ago the weathermen predicted a change.
A spectacular Nor'easter was scheduled to up the Eastern Seaboard spraying epic snowfalls on the coast
They were not wrong.
Washington DC recorded 24' of the white stuff, while Fort Greene in Brooklyn was covered by 30", which was the second deepest snowfall ever to hit New York. Mayor DeBlasio declared an emergency and the city shut down for the duration of the blizzard.
As the snow tapped off in the evening, I emerged from the Fort Greene Observatory to see the accumulation of snow on the street as well as find someplace open.
Motorists were obeying the mayor's edict and not a single car was on Lafayette Avenue.
Now out of the house I thought about getting a drink.
Fort Greene was known for its bars.
One had to be open.