(CBS NEWS) -- While the polar vortex and record-breaking low temperatures are
causing all sorts of environmental phenomena, in this case, the cold may have
gone to our heads.
Photographs of Niagara
Falls have circulating the internet with captions claiming that the historic
site is completely frozen over. In reality, Niagara Falls is not frozen over, as you can see from the live webcam.
The falls are
partially covered in ice, which happens every year. In fact, some of the
photographs gaining popularity online, like this one, are not even from
2014 (it was taken from the Canada side of the Falls back in 2007).
According to Reuters, during the recent polar vortex, "parts of the 176
foot American falls were covered in ice and the area below the
conservation area was frozen over. The cold weather caused the Niagara
river to form an 'ice bridge," and "large amounts of ice up river from
the falls lead authorities to issue a flash flood warning for two
islands in the area."
Here are some scenic photos of Niagara
Falls from this year, which clearly show that the falls is covered in
ice and snow, but still flowing as usual.
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