Dad goes viral for April snowstorm photos taken 35 years apart

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The Brown family is going viral for recreating a 35-year-old photo. (Photos: Aaron Brown via Twitter)
The Brown family is going viral for recreating a 35-year-old photo. (Photos: Aaron Brown via Twitter)

A family in Burnsville, Minn., made the most of an April blizzard by recreating photos from a record-breaking snowstorm that happened on the same day 35 years ago.

A photo from April 14, 1983, features a 2-and-a-half-year-old Aaron Brown shoveling snow next to his father after a whopping 14 inches of snow fell in what is still the worst April snowstorm in Minnesota’s history.

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Aaron Brown and his father pose for a photo after a record-breaking snowfall on April 14, 1983. (Photo: Aaron Brown via Twitter)
Aaron Brown and his father pose for a photo after a record-breaking snowfall on April 14, 1983. (Photo: Aaron Brown via Twitter)

When a storm blew in over the weekend — April 14, to be exact — Brown received a message from his brother, reminding him of the old family photo.

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It was too cool of a coincidence not to try and recreate,” Brown told Yahoo Canada Style. Twelve inches of fallen snow prevented him from visiting his father, but the family quickly improvised, and Aaron recreated the photo with his 3-year-old son, Wyatt.

The recreated photo features Aaron Brown with his son, Wyatt, on April 14 of this year – exactly 35 years later! (Photo: Aaron Brown via Twitter)
The recreated photo features Aaron Brown with his son, Wyatt, on April 14 of this year – exactly 35 years later! (Photo: Aaron Brown via Twitter)

Brown shared the photos to Twitter with the hashtag of his local news station, #kare11weather. A while later, Brown’s wife began receiving text messages that the photo had gone viral.

By Monday morning, Brown’s tweet received 140,000 likes, 19,000 retweets and hundreds of comments.

“The response has been crazy,” Brown said. “We just wanted to do something neat because the days matched.  I didn’t even remotely expect so many people to see it, or comment on it. Definitely didn’t expect it to go viral. “


Brown, who has two other children, 8 and 11, called his parents to share the news. In a world where people are chasing social media fame, Brown’s mother innocently replied, “What does ‘gone viral’ mean?” That response, Brown says, was “very mom.”

While it may not have broken the 1983 record for the most snow, the blizzard of 2018 will most definitely go down in Burns family history as the time they went viral.

Hopefully, someone has broken the news to little Wyatt that the torch has officially been passed to keep this photo tradition alive. We’ll check in with him in another 35 years.

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