Niagara Falls comes to a halt AGAIN: Millions of gallons of cascading water is frozen in bitter temperatures
For the second time in what has been a frigid winter in the Northeastern United States, Niagara falls has come to an icy halt as the six million cubic feet of water that typically flow over the falls every minute has frozen over.
The flow of water over the falls typically can withstand icy temperatures like those that have frozen much of the country this winter, but Monday’s high of 9 degrees Fahrenheit brought Niagara Falls to a standstill – and photographers were there to snap some stunning images of the frozen waterfall.
In January, another record-breaking cold front managed to freeze the mighty falls in a ‘polar vortex’ that turned the cascading water to ice – and affected about 240 million people in the U.S. and southern Canada.
No thaw is expected anytime soon, as temperatures at the western New York tourist attraction will dip below 0 degrees Fahrenheit Monday night through Tuesday morning.
Frozen: Lights that usually reflect the water of Niagara Falls illuminate the ice after it froze over on Monday
Rare: It is uncommon for the rushing water to freeze over the Falls, but it has happened twice so far this winter
Icy: A man is pictured walking in front of the partially frozen American side of the Falls as subfreezing temperatures freeze the Northeast
Take two: The Falls has frozen twice this winter. In January when a polar vortex gripped north America, the American Falls froze over
Bundle up: People walk along the U.S. side of the Falls bundled up to protect against the subfreezing temperatures
Take two: This is the second time Niagara Falls have frozen over this winter, which is rare for the western New York tourist attraction
Brrr: The temperatures at the Falls were at a high of 9 degrees F on Monday, with a low of -1
Photo op: A man stops to take a photo of the steam rising from the partially frozen Falls
Beautiful: Mist rises over the Horseshoe Falls section of Niagara Falls during subfreezing temperatures
Frozen: Some water continues to flow over the Falls despite the frigid temperatures
Mist: Mist rises above the partially frozen Niagara Falls in subfreezing temperatures
Horseshoe: The Horseshoe Falls are almost completely frozen over and mist rises above the icy water
Eerie: As the freezing temperatures grip the natural wonder, plumes of mist billow from the water, creating an eerie atmosphere
Gorgeous: Lights illuminate the frozen Falls as temperatures drop into single digits
Solid: Parts of the mighty Falls are frozen solid thanks to the subfreezing temperatures Monday
Big freeze: The Falls before temperatures plummeted and the big freeze took hold for a second time this winter
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5 thoughts on “What is it?”
Pretty pictures. (thanks, Sue)
I was there when I was a little kid, but I don’t remember much of it.
I have never been there. Is this a normal occurrence?
Hubby and I married Feb. 28, 2008 and drove to Niagra Falls (Canadian side) for our honeymoon. (bright move on our part, LOL)
Yes, that is what it looked like. The Falls were frozen like in the above photos and the ice on the Niagra River, below the falls, was 13-16 feet thick. Beautiful, but Cold!
I grew up in upstate NY and As far as I can remember it was pretty common each winter to freeze for a week or two in feb.
Awesome photos but the captions are a bit off. one says steam rising from the frozen falls and another calls it mist. WELL? Which is it? It sure as hell aint steam. I except mist, haze, or vapor cloud. Maybe even precipitation or condensation.
Ahh…..my hometown. I miss Niagara Falls. Used to see it all the time. Never truly appreciated how beautiful it was until after I left. Don’t know what you got till it’s gone, I guess.