On this date in 1859, Henry Thoreau wrote if a nor’easter snowstorm that struck the northeast: “A northeast snow-storm, or rather a north snow-storm, very hard to face. P.M. to Walden in it. It snows very hard, driving along almost horizontally, falling but a foot or two in a rod. Nobody is in the street, or thinks of going out far except on important business. Most roads are trackless. The snow may now be fifteen to eighteen inches deep. As I go along the causeway, I find it is one thing to go south, or from the wind, another to face it.” Today, we faced the same natural phenomenon. Spectacular!