Spectacular Photographs Show the Moment Niagara Falls Froze in Polar Vortex


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A collection of spectacular photographs have shown the moment the U.S. side of the famous falls froze before they could reach the bottom. 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.


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Photo: Reuters


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Photo: Reuters


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Photo: Reuters


Photo: Reuters


Photo: Reuters


Photo: Reuters


Photo: Reuters


One of the earliest images showing the frozen falls, in sepia tones, is believed to be from 1911 or 1912, though skeptics have questioned its authenticity because its photographer is unknown. In 1912, an ice bridge broke apart as several people were crossing it, sending three to their deaths.


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.

Credits: The Daily Mail.

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