38. The April Fools' Day Blizzard

Photographer: The Boston Globe

Year: April 1997

Location: East Coast

Casualties: 3

Following a mild winter and a warm spring, the East Coast was easing their way into the summer of 1997, until nature played a cruel April Fool's joke and blasted the Mid-Atlantic and New England with a big, fat blizzard. In some areas, more snow fell in that one day than had the entire season prior. Despite the fact that Boston had enjoyed sunny 65-degree weather just 2 days earlier, Massachusetts declared a state of emergency after the storm. Snow and power outages shut down most roads, all public transit, and Logan airport for days, leaving few transportation options for someone like this woman, who battled snow and wind with just an umbrella.

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