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- The record-breaking chill across the U.S. and Canada was so frigid it literally stopped
- Niagara Falls in its tracks Tuesday was a day of record-setting cold in Niagara,
- with the mercury bottoming out at a chilling -2F. Combined with the wind chills,
- it felt like -20F Thankfully, the freezing air and 'polar vortex' that turned the cascading
- water to ice will depart during the second half of this week, and a far-reaching
- January thaw will begin
- PUBLISHED: 01:40 GMT, 9 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:51 GMT, 9 January 2014
The U.S. side of the Niagara Falls is pictured in Ontario Wednesday January 8, 2014
A collection of spectacular photographs have shown the moment the U.S. side of the famous falls
froze before they could reach the bottom
Thankfully, the freezing air and 'polar vortex' that turned the cascading water to ice will depart during
the second half of this week, and a far-reaching January thaw will begin,
according to AccuWeather.com
In the incredible pictures, the Rainbow Bridge is seen with solid ice below it
The 'polar vortex' affected about 240 million people in the United States and southern Canada
this week. The incredible pictures show frozen mist coating the landscape around Prospect Point
at Niagara Falls State Park and the Rainbow Bridge is seen with solid ice below it.
.Tuesday was a day of record-setting cold in Niagara,
- with the mercury bottoming out at a chilling -2F. Combined with the wind chills, it felt like -20F.
One would think the icy cold would keep tourists away, but those who enjoy taking photos
rugged up to snap the conditions, producing exceptional images they wouldn't otherwise
have an opportunity to capture.
The natural wonder should be looking more like itself come Saturday
when temperatures are forecast to be in the 50s, according to Environment Canada.
They also show frozen mist coating the landscape around Prospect Point at Niagara Falls State Park
But the record-breaking temperature didn't deter visitors
Tourists still visited the landmark to take pictures overlooking the falls in Ontario
The 'unprecedented' amounts of ice in the upper Niagara River, caused by the freezing conditions,
caused a so-called ice jam and in turn flooding on Grand Island and Cayuga Island in Niagara Falls.
According to historical records, during only one year, 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 t o environmentalgraffiti.com
Ice bridges spanning the Niagara River from bank to bank have formed
as a result of various other chilly winters. In 1936, the American Falls,
the shallower of the three waterfalls, are said to have frozen over completely.
In 1912, an ice bridge broke apart as several people were crossing it, sending three to their deaths.
In this stock picture, the iconic falls are seen flowing normally in the summer months
One of the earliest images showing a frozen Niagara Falls, in sepia tones, is thought to be from
1911 or 1912, though skeptics have questioned its authenticity
because its photographer is unknown
This image of an icy falls is believed to be from 1890 or 1902
Ice bridges spanning the Niagara River from bank to bank have formed as a result
of various cold winters. The above photo was taken circa 1936
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