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Frozen Niagara Falls are melting … melting!

By Amy HubbardJanuary 10, 2014, 7:09 a.m.

Frozen Niagara Falls? There’s been some argument online over the amount of ice at the legendary cascade that straddles the U.S.-Canadian border. The falls were not frozen solid, but extremely cold temperatures brought partial freezing.

It was an icy white wonderland, a silver lining to the polar vortex (see the photos above). And now it’s melting.

The temperature at the falls Friday morning at about 10 a.m. EST was 30 degrees and rising. According to the Weather Channel, the temperature will sneak above the freezing point Friday, hitting 38 degrees. Monday may see temperatures in the 40s.

During the deep freeze, Ontario’s Niagara Parks tweeted that the falls were definitely not frozen solid, and posted a photo of when they were truly a solid chunk of ice. The 1890 photo shows people standing on the falls.

The falls are flowing nicely now, as seen on the live webcam.

The East Coast could go from freezing this weekend to near-record highs – “from well below normal to well above normal in five days,” a meteorologist told the Los Angeles Times.

Although few will miss the polar vortex, the frozen falls were lovely while they lasted.

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Originally posted 2014-01-11 23:00:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Look again: Niagara Falls didn’t completely freeze over

Niagara Falls did not completely freeze over, contrary to online reports. Portions of the falls and many other things, however, did turn to ice due to the polar vortex. VPC

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This week’s “polar vortex” brought record-low temperatures across the country. The weather closed schools, canceled flights and even forced Chicago’s resident polar bear to stay indoors at the zoo.

But was it cold enough for Niagara Falls to freeze over?

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Not quite. Despite appearances, Niagara Falls did not freeze over completely.

Certain sections of the waterfalls froze, but water is still flowing, said Angela Berti, spokeswoman for Niagara Falls State Park.

The waterfalls sometimes look like they are frozen over because ice builds up, she said.

The American Falls — Niagara Falls is comprised of waterfalls on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border — have frozen over twice, in 1936 and 1938.

Originally posted 2014-01-11 22:55:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Some ‘Frozen Niagara Falls’ Photos Really Are Too Good To Be True

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As temperatures around the U.S. dipped into the “it’s ridiculously cold” zone,stunning wintery photographs began popping up around the Internet. A few evenshowed a completely frozen-over Niagara Falls. But while these pics make the icy falls look absolutely beautiful, some of the most dramatic images being circulated are not current. In fact, despite the extreme cold, the falls never froze completely solid this week.

BuzzFeed notes that a few of these photos first showed up online years ago, like this gorgeous image (below), which was originally uploaded to photo-sharing site Flikr back in 2007:

Similarly, this scenic shot was first posted in 2012, per BuzzFeed:

According to Yahoo! News this is not the first time people have raised questions about the veracity of Niagara Falls photos. Experts still question the authenticity of some famous winter photos taken in the the early- and mid-1900s and archived at Niagara Falls Public Library.

But while the 167-foot Niagra Falls may not have frozen completely solid during this recent cold snap, the landmark did partially freeze, resulting in some genuinely spectacular pics.

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This photo of Niagara Falls partially frozen over was taken on January 9, 2014.
 

Reuters photographer Aaron Harris also took a series of particularly lovely shots of the icy landmark on Wednesday. You can view his pics over at Business Insider.

Originally posted 2014-01-14 14:06:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Amazing Frozen Niagara Falls Video


See more amazing photos of a frozen Niagara Falls from over 100 years ago in the Huffington Post story below.

The winter chill might have most travellers thinking twice about venturing outside to visit Niagara Falls, but it wasn’t always like that.

If anything, these vintage photos suggest there might have even been a time when people enjoyed travelling out in the cold to marvel at the three waterfalls.

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This typical Christmas card setting shows the Falls beginning to freeze. Dec. 21, 1937.

 

Like many outdoors attractions, the crowds tend to go into hibernation once the mercury begins to dip below freezing.

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1859: Niagara Falls during the winter as seen from Goat Island. Luna Island stands in the middle of the cascade, known as the American or Rainbow Falls, and Prospect Point can be seen in the background.

 

But there seems to be some renewed interest as of late. January’s sub-zero temperatures were apparently enough to freeze parts of the Falls, making for pretty photos and renewed interest among potential tourists, according to the Toronto Sun.

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Niagara Falls taken over by freezing weather during the winter of 1936. The temperatures were exceptional cold, enough to stop the torrential falls seen near Lewiston, N.Y. The pressure of the ice demolished some nearby cabins. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

 

While certainly cold, the temperatures weren’t low enough to encase all three waterfalls in ice, NBC reports.

Nevertheless, the attention has pushed the Niagara region into the spotlight — which, conveniently, is in the middle of a lights festival featuring 125 animated lighting displays and three million tree and ground lights, according to the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Light’s website.

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A panoramic view of the frozen Niagara Falls by the Canada-U.S. border.(Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

 

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CIRCA 1903: A lone adventurer stand on an ice dome beneath the frozen Niagara Falls. (Photo by Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1936: Niagara Falls frozen during the winter of 1936 (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images)

 

And here’s a more recent photo for comparison:
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ONTARIO, CANADA – JANUARY 9: A view of the Niagara Falls frozen over due to the extreme cold weather, Ontario, Canada, January 9, 2014. The Polar Vortex brought record cold temperatures to United States and Canada. (Photo by Seyit Aydogan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Originally posted 2014-01-12 19:34:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Frozen Niagara Falls

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The polar vortex that has gripped the U.S. and Canada this week has led to some spectacular icy images. The latest come from Niagara Falls, which partially froze on Tuesday, when the high temperature was a record low of minus 2 degrees.

Aaron Harris, a photographer for Reuters, took several shots of the 167-foot falls on Wednesday. The ice formed on the U.S. side of the falls, which straddle the border between the United States and Canada.

While unusual, it’s not the first time Niagara Falls has frozen. Photographs from the early- and mid-1900s archived at the Niagara Falls Public Library appear to show frozen falls, though some experts have questioned their authenticity.

Of course, the eye-catching freeze did not completely stop the water from flowing.

According to EnvironmentalGraffiti.com, only once, in 1848, “has freezing weather caused the thousands of cubic feet of water per second flowing over the Niagara Falls to run dry, an event thought to have been caused by ice jamming and damming upriver.”

According to forecasters, Tuesday’s partial freeze should thaw later this week, when the temperature at Niagara Falls is expected to rise to 46 degrees.

While Harris’ photos of the frozen falls are authentic, don’t be fooled by some of the old images circulating on Twitter and Facebook.

Originally posted 2014-01-09 19:02:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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