North America is pretty cold right now. Like, really, really cold. It’s one of the biggest cold snaps the continent has ever been blasted with, and some pretty freaky sh*t is going down. Frozen sharks are being washed ashore, windows are breaking and electricity poles are snapping. The antifreeze stuff you put in your car is actually freezing for some people, and you can stop making those frostbite jokes now because you might actually get it if you’re out for too long.
But it’s also pretty cool – if you’ll pardon the pun – and not just because you can make snow angels or hurl large rocks at frozen ponds to see if you can crack them. Take the Niagara Falls, for example. The huge waterfall that sits on the Canadian side of the border next to the US is a stupidly beautiful winter wonderland right now. Thanks to temperatures staying well below freezing point every day of late, the park is covered in ice and snow and tourists visiting the Falls have been confronted by a massive, icy thing that looks out of this world.
Temperatures are hovering between -7 and -16 degrees Celsius, and on Friday the mercury is only expected to wobble between the -17 and -21 marks. And with windchill, things can feel much, much colder. Holy smokes. But it seems to be worth it for the view. The breathtaking winterscape at the Falls is all white, with snow blanketing the ground and sitting atop the trees doubled over with heavy globs of ice on their branches. There are seriously dramatic icicles everywhere and frost licking every surface to make it appear as if everything is glittering and glowing in the winter sun.
But I’ll just go ahead and show the damn pictures now and cease my poetic ramblings about the beauty of winter.
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Despite the fact that it’s so cold, the water still descends at its usual rapid pace into the river below it. More than 3,000 tons of water crash over the iconic shelf of the Niagara Falls every second, “It would take a lot more than a few days of cold weather to completely shut that off,” The Washington Post’s Caitlin Dewey says.
And while ~some~ pea-brained people think that this sordidly cold weather proves that global warming is completely bogus, scientists, data, ice caps that are literally melting, and most of the educated population of the world will remind you that climate and weather are not the same things and that global warming is actually part of the reason you’re freezing your extremities off.
Saying “climate change isn’t real because it’s cold in New York” is kinda like saying the “the heat’s not broken because the living room is on fire”.
— Mike Falzone (@MikeFalzone) 29 December 2017
But judging by the images, I still think it’d be worth braving the sub-zero temperatures to get a glimpse of the Niagara Falls in all its wintery glory. And while some people (like me) may think it looks like something straight out of Frozen, others are convinced it’s more similar to Game of Thrones and somewhere beyond the Wall. Well, each to their own, you can’t deny it’s jaw-dropping either way.