Today in History: March 29




What seems to be one among many tall tales

Due to an ice jam

Niagara Falls fails.*

*The only recorded freeze-up of the river and falls.  Incidentally, every second 85,000 cubic feet of water falls, the equivalent of 635,885 gallons give or take a few drops.


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  • The Niagara Parks tour guides point out that the Falls now fail every winter, because all the water is diverted into the hydroelectric reservoirs.

  • I think it fails along the edges, but still tumbles. For sure, the winter the Maid in the Mist would be missed.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Official site says 75% of the water is diverted, but some still flows, even under the ice.

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