Great Falls Ice


Great Falls of the Potomac -- Photos from January 31, 2004 (and before)




Wide view of Great Falls, from the rocks above the falls, January 31, 2004.



Close view of the falls from Outlook #1, January 31, 2004.



Ice on the rocks of Great Falls, January 31, 2004.



View from Outlook #2, January 31, 2004.



Floating ice chunks near the falls, January 31, 2004.



Close-up of the falls, January 31, 2004.



The flood pole at Great Falls, marking the historic floods of the Potomac River, January 31, 2004.



February 7, 2004: Ice breakup of the Potomac River. Ice floes tumble through Great Falls of the Potomac as water levels rise from yesterday's heavy rain. Photo Credit: Kevin Ambrose



Comparison of Great Falls from 1/25/03 and 1/31/04. The river levels were lower in 2003, which appears to produce more visible ice.



For reference, the flooding after Hurricane Isabel at Great Falls, September 24, 2003.



For reference, the Flood of January 21, 1996 at Great Falls (left) and the water level at Great Falls during the drought of 2002 (right). The Potomac River rose 85 feet in 48 hours at Great Falls during the Flood of January 1996. The flood marker shows how the Potomac River floods have compared at Great Falls, which is located about 15 miles upstream from Washington. The Flood of January 1996 is the fifth largest flood in the past 100 years.