Why is this passing around on the internet?
The Blizzard of 2014 may be over, but Mother Nature is not done with us yet. The piles of snow and large expanses of ice mixed with rain this weekend could bring flooding to some areas. Areas already affected by the ice jambs had officials telling residents to monitor water levels and be prepared to seek higher ground if necessary. (source)
This post follows up the nighttime photos of the Frozen Falls. It really is a breath-taking sight with the Falls lit up in colorful lights. This is the next morning above. Parts of the Falls are frozen, but you can clearly see water still falls.
That post was a bit gratuitous because I knew it would be off the charts in views. How I did was the post Niagara Falls Under the Ice in Holiday Spirit was soaring, so as a savvy blogger in the know, I thought to get photos at night to capitalize on the viewer traffic.
We had a good share of flooding last year and do not look forward to it again for 2014. Creeks are over-flowing and systems are over-loaded. Storm drains are backing up because of the ice blockage in the Niagara River. I am lucky enough to live right above the Niagara Gorge – at least this is one big hole in the ground for water to drain.
I took these photos on Thursday with blue skies and Friday with darkened gray skies, giving some images the look of black and white photography.
With rising temperatures, the ice is falling from the trees, a very dangerous thing to have it fall on one’s head.
The parks department has most areas with trees cordoned off to protect the tourists, now increasing as the thermometer rises.
Take the tour from the comfort of your warm and dry homes.
The net is loaded with articles on Niagara Falls frozen, but all this is just not true. On the colder days of Wednesday and Thursday, you can see up close that the Falls does have some areas of the drop frozen in place, but with over 76,000 gallons dropping per second, it would be impossible with the Power Authority controlling the flow to let it freeze. It would only be likely if the weather really turned arctic cold for weeks on end and the Power Authority stopped the flow I am guessing. (source)
If you want to see photos of when it did, see my post, Not a Green Leaf in Sight, Only a Green Dinosaur.
And they keep on top of the ice in the river, having the ice-breaker boats out for the past few days. It helps melt the ice as temperatures rise above freezing.
The image above is the gorge wall. There are many “falls” of frozen water along the rock face of the Gorge.
Want to have a seat?
If you do, you will be rewarded with a sight rarely seen elsewhere. If you are a follower here, you know why the ice forms. If not, see this post with pretty images of the iced trees on a blue sky day. Not much beats Niagara Falls for beauty in winter.
Even the magnitudes and poundage of ice are a marvel.
Here are the two boats hard at work. I think one is a US coast guard vessel, the other a Canadian ice cutter boat. Note the flags.
Sunday morning, want more ice? Duckdom, the conclusion. Sorry regular readers, I had to get this post in a timely manner. Bear with me duck lovers.
You want to know where the ducks go when the River is covered in ice? They find small pockets of warm water that is piped into the River. This image was taken from the bridge connecting the two countries, so it is not very clear. Poor ducks…