Eight inches of snow is not a big deal for New Jersey.
Eight inches of snow in October, it turns out, is.
We're without water, and have to shovel snow into the toilet tanks to keep them flushing. This is a minor annoyance compared to the people all around us; we never lost power for more than a few seconds at a time.
On my way to work this morning the towns I drove through were dark and there were lanes closed from fallen trees and power lines. At one point four utility poles in a row had been dragged down into the right lane.
Thanks for the early reminder, nature.