The polar vortex swirling around the USA and Canada has caused wide spread damage, disrupted every day lives, from power cuts to frozen airports.  Niagara is often compared to Victoria Falls as a northern hemisphere baby sister, but looking at the photos below, they could not be more different !  Credit to Daily Mail and Reuters for the Niagara photos
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The U.S. side of the Niagara Falls is pictured in Ontario Wednesday January 8, 2014

The U.S. side of the Niagara Falls is pictured in Ontario Wednesday January 8, 2014

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A collection of spectacular photographs have shown the moment the U.S. side of the famous falls froze before they could reach the bottom

A collection of spectacular photographs have shown the moment the U.S. side of the famous falls froze before they could reach the bottom

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Thankfully, the freezing air and 'polar vortex' that turned the cascading water to ice will depart during the second half of this week, and a far-reaching January thaw will begin, according to AccuWeather.com

Thankfully, the freezing air and ‘polar vortex’ that turned the cascading water to ice will depart during the second half of this week, and a far-reaching January thaw will begin, according to AccuWeather.com

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

In the incredible pictures, the Rainbow Bridge is seen with solid ice below it

In the incredible pictures, the Rainbow Bridge is seen with solid ice below it

Victoria Falls Bridge

Victoria Falls Bridge

The 'polar vortex' affected about 240 million people in the United States and southern Canada

The ‘polar vortex’ affected about 240 million people in the United States and southern Canada

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls