Niagara Falls, one of world’s most popular tourist destinations, has been engulfed by deep freeze. Though it is not completely uncommon for the region to be experiencing bitter winter climate, this year’s winter has already seen some of the lowest temperatures ever recorded in history. The extremely chilling winter has hit the north-east for the past couple of weeks now. The extended days of this Arctic chill has caused the temperature to fall below freezing point.
Generally, the month of January is considered the coldest month of the year. The lowest temperature ever recorded at the Niagara Falls is –15 degrees Fahrenheit in 1996. Due to the topography, the falls experiences showers and snow all through the year. As the location of the Niagara Falls borders Canada, tourists can get the opportunity to visit Canada as well as the neighboring New York.
Tourists from around the world have been visiting Niagara Falls since the 17th century A.D. It is estimated that millions of tourists flock to see this natural wonder every year. The falls drops close to 3.1 tons of water per second. The end of the ice age around 1.7 million years ago contributed to the formation of the falls. Climate change is now severely affecting the Niagara Falls and its future. Scientists are now speculating that the falls would go completely dry in about 2000 years.
The present look of the Niagara Falls is a rather uncommon one as the water has frozen and it has been engulfed by deep freeze. However, the unprecedented cold front which has frozen the Niagara Falls is still drawing tourists to document the rare event. The panoramic view of the falls covered in snow is easily one of the most picturesque views ever. For the adventurers, the dip in temperature has given a reason to rejoice. Will Gadd and Sarah Hueniken have become the first people to ice climb Niagara Falls on Jan 27, 2015. The pair of ice climbers ascended 148 feet up overhanging ice that formed on the left side of the Horseshoe Falls, the largest of three falls that make up Niagara Falls.
Below freezing temperatures were recorded at Niagara Falls, Ontario, on Friday. The temperature had dropped to 6 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday February 17 and has remained constant throughout the week. A wind chill warning was issued for Western New York by The Nations Weather Service for the week. It is expected that the warning would continue throughout the next week as well.
Meanwhile, back in New York, snow and ice covers Central Park in New York City, which is experiencing its coldest winter since 1950. The temperature dropped to a record low of bone chilling 1 degree Fahrenheit. Crops and vegetation in the entire northeast region are frozen and the farmers and agriculturists are expected to suffer huge losses due to the cold. The cold wave is expected to continue for now with no warming up in close sight. For now, the deep freeze seems to have engulfed the entire northeast region, including New England, all the way to the Niagara Falls and beyond.
By Ankur Sinha