Except, come Tuesday morning, many in the Northeast woke up to slightly less than that.
In fact, when all was said and done, New York City only got about nine inches. Boston may have gotten close to two feet, but New York was supposed to face a storm of epic proportions — Mayor Bill de Blasio even went so far as to claim it could be the worst storm in the city's history.
New Yorkers, never ones to hold back on kvetching, wasted no time expressing their disdain. But comedian Louis C.K., who was forced to cancel his show at Madison Square Garden over Juno concerns, took it to a whole new level, launching a parade of judgment on Monday night before the "worst" had even hit.
Hi. It's Louis C.K., here to make sure everyone knows that my show tomorrow at Madison Square Garden has been canceled. All ticket holders will automatically get a refund. I am really sorry about this and I am surprised to learn as I write this that there is only one L in the word "canceled." I'll have to take my phone's word for it. But it doesn't look right to me.
In any case, there seems to be a massive storm approaching New York City. They are calling this storm "historic," which.... Well, I didn't know you could call a thing "historic" if it hasn't happened yet. But I'm not one to defy future historic events. And I have to be respectful of the responsibility I have to the 15,000 people who are holding tickets to the show and could be stranded somewhere historically trying to get to or from my show. I think it's clearly better that I alter history in the name of safety and cancel. Besides, if you've ever tried to get your deposit back when you rent a banquet hall for a wedding that gets snowed out, you don't want to even know what the deposit is on Madison Square Jesus Christing Garden is.
So. No show. I will be on Letterman tonight, though. So you can yell boo right at my stupid and very handsome face on your tv screen or on your paper towel or your watch or whatever you view Letterman on.
Also I will be contacting you very soon about my new standup special, which will be historically available only on my website louisck.net very soon.
I really want to thank everyone who came to the shows at MSG. It was an incredible experience. The audiences were great. And the crew at MSG is classy and professional.
Okay. That's it. I have to do some laundry now.
Take care of yourself and don't be a jerk to people.
Sure, it may be difficult, nay, impossible to make an decent prediction about an incoming storm. But the level to which both forecasters and media personalities alike (we're looking at you, Don "Blizzardmobile" Lemon) overstated Juno will likely make the storm go down in history for exactly the wrong reasons.
At least one person took it upon himself to apologize, however. Gary Szatkowski, a meteorologist from Mount Holly, New Jersey, sent out a series of tweets late on Monday night apologizing to the public and government officials, who had to make difficult decisions regarding transportation and public services:
Better luck next time, Gary.
h/t The Atlantic