Spring has sprung: the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining while gentle breezes blow—that is, of course, if you happen to live pretty much anywhere except Minnesota. On Saturday—as in, Apr. 14 *checks calendar* yes, April—Minnesota got (yet another) a huge snowstorm. It just so happened that 35 years ago, the same thing happened and Burnsville, Minnesota dad Aaron Brown took the crazy coincidence to recreate a 35-year-old snowstorm photo with his son—and his photo has gone viral.
On Apr. 14, 1983, the Twin Cities were struck by what the Minnesota State Climatology Office ranks as the largest snowstorm to hit the Twin Cities in April. “History repeats itself,” Brown wrote on Twitter. “My son and I today, Dad and me 35 years ago to the day.”
Brown’s brother sent him a text message during the storm to remind him of the family photo taken exactly 35 years ago. Since the snow prevented him from trekking out to visit his dad to recreate the photo, Brown’s three-year-old son Wyatt stood in. “It was too cool of a coincidence not to try and recreate,” Brown told Yahoo.
“We just wanted to do something neat because the days matched,” Brown continued. “I didn’t even remotely expect so many people to see it, or comment on it. Definitely didn’t expect it to go viral.”
Apparently, Apr. 14 has a bit of snowstorm history, according to CBS Minnesota. Four of the 10 biggest snowstorms to hit the Twin Cities have actually occurred on the same date. It remains to be seen if Wyatt will recreate this same photo with his own future son 35 years from now.
And, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, Minnesotans: there’s more snow in your forecast this week, too.
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