This is what it must be like to live in the extreme north: major snow before the quarter day of autumn has arrived. And major snow is what we had all day yesterday. It started out as light rain at 8 am. By 10 am, when I went out with Rocky, it was a mix of snow and rain. By the time I left for synagogue at 10:40 am, it was like walking in a blizzard through the wind-whipped snow. All afternoon we heard transformers explode, tree branches fall, and wind chimes knock. There was rare thundersnow. Light pulsed and failed several times (fortiunately we never truly lost power or heat but many neighbors did). Early this morning I took a photo essay of the eerie scene around my house.