It’s that time of year again. Niagara Falls has frozen over.
Well, not really. Niagara Falls isn’t completely frozen but these photos are still pretty amazing.
— BBC Weather (@bbcweather) February 18, 2015
The views at Niagara Falls are pretty spectacular during the warmer months but Michelle Blackley, communications & community relations manager for the Falls, said that the site is pretty popular in the winter as well.
“The attention the Falls is receiving is bring a crowd to view them in their majestic, winter splendor!”
— BBC Newsbeat (@BBCNewsbeat) February 18, 2015
Photos of frozen Niagara Falls circulate every year and every year there’s a rumor that the falls are completely frozen. But that isn’t really true. Despite how it looks, there’s still water flowing beneath the ice.
— euronews (@euronews) February 18, 2015
According to Niagara Falls Live, the only time water completely stopped flowing down the falls was in 1848 when there was an ice jam up river.
The flow of water was stopped completely over both falls on March 29th 1848 due to an ice jam in the upper river for several hours. This is the only known time to have occurred. The Falls did not actually freeze over, but the flow was stopped to the point where people actually walked out and recovered artifacts from the riverbed!
Here’s a video of the partially frozen Niagara Falls.