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
They also show frozen mist coating the landscape around Prospect Point at Niagara Falls State Park
Typically, mist from the falls can be seen swirling in the air nearby, but here it has frosted the surrounding landscape.
But the record-breaking temperature didn't deter visitors
As the so-called “polar vortex” has sent temperatures plunging throughout most of North America in the past week, visitors to Niagara Falls in southern Ontario have been treated to a rare sight: masses of ice clinging to the rocks where water usually rushes freely. Even hardy Canadians were complaining of the cold amid widespread power outages. Temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius with a wind chill plunged the western Prairies region into a deep freeze and minus 40-45 degrees with wind chill in Ontario. The government warned people to stay inside because of the very real danger of having their faces freeze, and that means 'blood stopping frozen'. The falls have frozen to this extreme degree only once before and that was in 1848 due to arctic winds but this time it may have more to do with global warming and changing weather patterns.
Global Warming isn't just a warming of the atmosphere. It produces large fluctuations in the earth's weather patterns. Such as, super storms, wide fluctuations in temperatures both hot and cold. This is what we are seeing happening with records of all kinds ( earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes) being broken on a regular basis. Maybe we will see Hell freeze over after all.