‘Blizzard of the century’ partially freezes Niagara Falls. The Arctic “bomb cyclone,” which caused devastation in Western New York State and paralysed the city over the Christmas holiday, is still causing agony as the death toll tops 50. Numerous others are reportedly trapped in their homes, and air travellers are still stuck.
Blizzard of the century
One of the highest waterfalls in the world was frozen during what is being referred to as the “blizzard of the century,” turning it into what the New York Post called “a winter paradise.”
The severe conditions have been captured in a number of pictures and videos. Especially in Buffalo where fatalities were found in cars and under snow banks.
On Wednesday, pictures and videos of the partially frozen Niagara Falls were posted on Twitter. In spite of the enormous amount of water that falls, it is noteworthy that the entire waterfall never freezes. According to the Niagara Falls New York State Park. A staggering 3,160 tonnes of water surge over Niagara Falls each second. It drops at a 32 foot per second rate.
“When it’s extremely cold outside, the mist and spray start to form an ice crust on top of the rushing water, giving the impression that the Falls have stopped. Under the ice sheets, however, the water still flows “the Niagara Parks website claims.
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According to the Niagara Falls USA tourism website, a complete freeze is actually all but unachievable.
A significant amount of water may freeze on the US side of the Falls prior to 1964 because ice might hinder the flow of water higher upstream. Before steel ice-booms were put in place to stop significant ice accumulations, this occurred five times.
During especially severe winters, ice and snow can develop over the Niagara River at the base of the falls, creating a “ice bridge.” After three individuals perished on February 4, 1912, when ice broke loose and threw them into the Niagara River. Authorities forbade people from strolling on the ice bridge, according to the Post.
Meanwhile, as commuters and some homeowners fled their freezing houses during the harsh winter storm as temperatures plunged. They became stranded on roadways and could not be rescued.