New York City, January 20, 2014

★★ Cold but not burning cold. The sidewalks were busy; children off school were bundled up but not necessarily fastened. An approximation of brightness almost came through the thinnest part of the southern clouds. A napkin blew straight up over a subway grate. Surprising numbers of people were going hatless. The afternoon sun came out emphatically and unexpectedly, then went away just as emphatically.