On Christmas Day, Niagara Falls turned chocolate brown


Published December 26, 2022 at 11:42 am

The water pouring over the Horseshoe Falls in Canada, as well as the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls, was a very unappealing brown yesterday. (Image courtesy of the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel)

Yesterday on Christmas Day, tourists that took their children to Niagara Falls could tell a Yuletide fib and say that for one day, the falls had magically turned into chocolate milk.

With 110 km/h winds coming off Lake Erie on December 23 and 24, not to mention waves that hit nearly 30 feet high, there was little chance for the water entering Niagara River to settle.

With storm sewers emptying into both the Niagara River and Fort Erie, winter backwash found itself taking the plunge.

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada Weather Ontario, the colour change to an very unappealing brown saw the water cascading over the Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls “due to debris being washed down the Niagara River.”

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