Today a blizzard hit the Canadian Maritimes. I think the northwest part of the United States is also getting hit with a storm.
I snapped the picture with the post yesterday at Third Street Beach when it was 61F. That is not bad for December 31.
Later we drove over the Point at Emerald Isle where sand was drifting over four wheel drive access ramp. It is something of a relief to be dealing with drifting sand instead of drifting snow.
The wind was not strong enough for the sand blasting that you can sometimes get at the beach, but it was enough to make people search out more sheltered areas of the beach for their walks.
Being on the beach at all on December 31 is something of a victory as far as I am concerned. We are in the depths of winter, so each day we can steal on the beach makes winter one day shorter.
The long range forecast for the east coast is a toss-up for the rest of the winter. I know that I will be rooting for a short, warm winter.
Based on the number of New York and New Jersey cars in the parking lot at the Emerald Isle grocery store, I would venture to say a number of northern residents have already voted with some travel dollars to escape some of winter's harshness.