Situated on the America / Canada border, the Niagara Falls often get snow, but it's
extremely rare for it to be cold enough for the falls to freeze. Sadly the phenomenon is never likely to happen again, partly because of global warming and partly due to man-made dam to control the flow.
To be accurate, it was the American falls that froze and not the larger Horseshoe falls, also at Niagara.
Nevertheless, we are impressed by these frozen snow pictures with their giant icicles.
Click on the picture to see an enlargement of the snow scene. Incidentally the Niagara is an American Indian word meaning 'Strait'.
1) This is a true story about John Porter, from New York State, USA, whose pipes in his home froze one winter. Anxious to unfreeze them, Mr Porter backed his car up to an open
window so that the exhaust would warm up the house.
A little while later and Porter, his wife and their three children had to be rushed to hospital suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.
2) George Gibbs, 23, suffered second and third-degree burns on his head in Columbus, Ohio one freezing cold winter. Unable to start his car, he diagnosed the problem as a frozen fuel line which he thought he
could correct by running warm petrol through it. He then tried to heat a two-gallon can of petrol on his gas stove in the kitchen.
We know a farmer who grows snowballs just outside Tinseltown, Vancouver, Canada.
They are a difficult crop to grow and amazingly, the snow balls are ready for harvesting every year on April the first. The farmer is working on a variety of snow balls that he can grow in December so that they are
ready for Christmas, unfortunately he cannot get the fairies to plant them at the right time, would you believe they are complaining that Christmas time is too cold to work.
Did you know that snowflakes are made up of ice crystals. This is a
close up photograph (below) of a snowflake forming out of ice crystals
and was taken by JJ Schad.
Every snowflake has its own unique shape and is different than all
Billions of snowflakes fall during one short snowstorm.
The average snowflake falls at a speed of 3.1 miles per hour. [5kph]
It is a blizzard when you can't see for ¼ mile; the winds are always
35 miles an hour or more, and the storm must last at least 3 hours to be
classed as a blizzard. If any of these conditions are less, it is only a
The largest snowflakes ever recorded fell in the state of Montana in
the United States of America. The snowflakes were 15 inches in diameter.