Niagara Falls partially frozen amid Arctic cold
Niagara Falls has partially frozen and transformed into a winter wonderland after many days of frigid cold.
A cold front has been battering southern Canada and the northern United States since Dec 26, 2017, with the Niagara region that straddles the international border between the two countries being hit hard this winter and the falls partially frozen by the plummeting temperatures. The low on Friday dipped to minus 23 degrees Celsius.
Niagara Falls stretches about 950 meters in width and consists of three waterfalls; Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and American Falls.
Horseshoe Falls is the largest among the three with a width of about 670 meters and a drop of 57 meters which totals to 90 percent of Niagara Falls’ waterfall.
Bridal Veil Falls is 260 meters wide while American Falls is 15 meters wide and both have a fall around 30 meters.
The average flow rate of Niagara Falls is 2,407 cubic meters per second, splashing large amounts of vapor that fall on the rocks, fences and buildings after condensation.
Despite the frigid conditions, the spectacular scene of an icefall has not yet formed.
According to records, Niagara Falls completely froze in 1848 while Bridal Veil Falls and American Falls froze over in 1936.