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    • Award for the Best Prank on April Fools’ Day Goes to… Weather
    • Award for the Best Prank on April Fools’ Day Goes to… Weather
    • Award for the Best Prank on April Fools’ Day Goes to… Weather
    • Award for the Best Prank on April Fools’ Day Goes to… Weather
    • Award for the Best Prank on April Fools’ Day Goes to… Weather
    • Award for the Best Prank on April Fools’ Day Goes to… Weather
    • Award for the Best Prank on April Fools’ Day Goes to… Weather
    • Award for the Best Prank on April Fools’ Day Goes to… Weather
    • Award for the Best Prank on April Fools’ Day Goes to… Weather
    • Award for the Best Prank on April Fools’ Day Goes to… Weather
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    In Germany, Storm Niklas caused massive transport delays, especially on railroads. Some southwestern areas of the country were left without electricity, as many wind turbines were switched off to avoid producing too much power. Hurricane-force winds also battered the Netherlands and the UK.

    Above: Heavy wind blows the loose parts of a covering of scaffolding as Storm Niklas strikes in Berlin.

    April Fools’ Day is celebrated worldwide with people playing jokes and harmless pranks on each other. Sadly, this year it looks like the weather decided to play a prank of its own, capturing first prize for the best April Fools’ joke. Freezing winds and a snowfall in Moscow, Storm Niklas in Europe, flooding in Chile – take a look at our picture gallery of recent weather freaks across the world.

     

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