During the summertime, more than 3,000 tons of water flow over Niagara Falls every second. The sight is captivating, which is why tourists from all over the world visit each year.
However, this winter, tourists were confronted by an unfamiliar sight. Rather than raging waters, they saw frozen, icy formations surrounded by frosty, icicle trees. Such resulted from frigid temperatures which plunged to just 5 degrees Fahrenheit. The additional wind chill of -11 degrees Fahrenheit turned the world attraction into a winter wonderland.
Those who had the fortune of witnessing Niagara Falls in its frozen state say photographs don’t do the phenomenon justice. Nonetheless, many have been shared, and you might agree that they look as if they are straight out of the mythical land of Narnia.
Said Zieong Zang, an enthused visitor from New Jersey:
“I came here in the summertime four years ago. It was good, but it wasn’t like this. This is just outstanding, with all the snow and the trees coated like sugar.”
The Washington Post reports that snow is expected throughout the week. Temperatures will stay between 8 degrees and 21 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service. With the wind chill, the average temperature will be around 0 degrees.
Following are 10+ dynamic photographs of Niagra Falls in the wintertime:
Niagara Falls is a stunning attraction. However, there some facts about the formation you probably didn’t know.
- The park Niagara Falls is located in, Niagara Falls State Park, is the oldest state park in the United States. It was established in 1885 as the Niagara Reservation and eventually became a cornerstone to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
- Water that gushes over the falls drops at a rate of 32 feet per second. When it hits the base of the falls, it hits with 280 tons of force at the American and Bridal Veil Falls and 2,509 tons of force at the Horseshoe Falls.
- According to the state park, Niagara Falls is capable of producing over 4 million kilowatts of electricity, which is shared by the United States and Canada.
- Four of the five great lakes (Superior, Huron, Michigan, and Erie) drain into the Niagara River before emptying into Lake Ontario. Together, the five Great Lakes make up nearly one-fifth of the world’s fresh water supply!
So there you go! We’ll bet you learned something new about Niagara Falls. What are your thoughts? Please comment below and share this news!