Even if you were the victim of an April Fool’s Day prank today, you shouldn’t be too upset about it. Today it is 60 degrees and the sun is out. After all it could be much worse. It could be 1997. When mother nature played the cruelest of all pranks and dumbed a few feet of snow on New England.
The April Fool’s Day Blizzard was a major winter storm in the Northeastern United States on March 31 and April 1, 1997. The storm dumped rain, sleet, and snow from Maryland to Maine leaving hundreds of thousands without power and as much as three feet of snow on the ground.
Due to the date many people took warnings of the storm less than seriously. Plows had already begun to be put away for the summer and hardware stores had to sell shovels again even though they already had out patio furniture. One commuter called it “Mother Nature’s April Fools’ Joke.”