A heat wave gripped the Northeast during Easter weekend in 1976

     (Image: AccuWeather.com)

    (Image: AccuWeather.com)

    Do you recall the extreme heat that baked the Northeast during Easter weekend and the following days in 1976?

    Records throughout the region were smashed that Easter Sunday, and many still remain, according to AccuWeather.

    “Exceptionally strong high pressure, comparable to those of many summer heat waves, set the stage for the abnormally early heat. Strong sunshine and vegetation still lacking leaves contributed to the extreme temperatures,” wrote AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews.

    I was born in 1980, so I don’t recall. 

    But my parents do.

    In fact, my mother, Marlene, experienced a “flashbulb memory” of Easter 1976, telling me that a pie she made didn’t fare too well.

    “I prepared a grasshopper pie, which is made with crème de menthe, and it was literally dripping down my arm when I was walking into grandma’s house,” she said. “When I walked in, my dress had green spots.” 

    No doubt there are plenty of memories of that historic Easter weekend.

    And many also likely remember the the cold snap and snow that followed in May. 

    While we won’t experience oppressive heat this Easter Sunday, could we see snow in May?

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