Have the Canadian Falls ever frozen? I know they're a lot bigger than the American Falls. Guess it takes a lot more cold to make that happen?
Right NOW... if this is true, I'll be back with photos!
It looks almost like it always does, as the water is flowing just as fast as it normally does. The only difference is that there appears that there is an ice-bridge this year, but that's not uncommon at all. Here's a few photos I got for such refrence just in case one is curious:
(Pic 1) - The mist freezes as snow on the trees completely covering them, but the rapids are flowing as normal.
(Pic 2) - The "Ice Bridge" as snow & ice completely covers the lower Niagara River as far as the eye can see.
(Pic 3) - The water flowing over as it always does. The only exception is the large wall of snow/ice, but it doesn't obstruct the actual flow of the water.
(Pic 4) - Horseshoe Falls in the background, another view of the "ice bridge" which shows the flow of the water certainly is apparent.
(Pic 5) - A closer-up view of the American Falls base
(Pic 6) - A last view of the "ice bridge" which is just ice chunks from the Upper Niagara fallen over the falls & clogging up the Lower Niagara.
Definately nothing rare or even news-worthy, which would explain why I didnt hear anything on the local Buffalo news stations.
http://www.niagarafallslive.com/Facts_about_Niagara_Falls.htm *** Edited 3/8/2007 11:27:12 PM UTC by Swoosh***
They want the water to remain a constant flow down the river since they harness the power of the water for electricity... and hense, unless there's a huuge freeze, it's rare that it'll ever happen again because the ice from Niagara River isn't enough to jam the falls since the flow of the river is strong enough to prevent a freeze for quite a period of time.
Regardless, the "Ice Bridge" will still form every couple of years or so... and has been noted to have people try to cross illegally from Canada to USA.
*** Edited 3/9/2007 1:52:04 PM UTC by SLFAKE***
Niagara is beautiful in the winter. The way the mist freezes to everything is amazing. Well worth the trip.
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The shut-off of the falls that one year is what prompted many cartoons to use the Falls as a simple shut-off valve. I still remember Woody Woodpecker cartoon where Woody wants to go over the falls in the barrel, but the ranger turns the valve off & stops the flow each time or winds up going over himself.
The water still trickled to keep the rocks moist (from cracking) but I think it would be a huge tourist draw if they shut it off again... not for tourism sake, however... but to actually remove some of the debris. All those boulders from years of erosion makes the main American Falls seem like a smaller and not as intense. Yes, environmental conservatives would complain, as it's not "natural"... but in all honesty, some removal should be necessary.
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