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Arctic weather transforms New York fountain into growing 'ice volcano'

by Eun Kyung Kim / / Source: TODAY

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The arctic temperatures have turned a fountain at a western New York state park into a five-story tall “ice volcano."

Located at Letchworth State Park just south of Rochester, the "volcano" is actually a solid cone of ice coming from a man-made fountain that normally sends a thin stream of water 30-40 feet in the air.

"At the very top of it, the water is still shooting out so that’s what’s been freezing in the eight-below degrees we're at," TODAY's Dylan Dreyer said Friday, standing next to structure.

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Park officials say the ice cone currently stands about 50 feet high, and is growing taller every day. Tourists have been braving the sub-zero temperatures to visit the towering accretion of ice and take pictures.

The fountain, built in 1860, sits in the middle of a pond at Letchworth.

"In the summertime, it looks a whole lot better," Dylan said. "It actually shoots up into the sky and looks like a typical fountain."

The fountain during warmer weather.
The fountain during warmer weather.TODAY

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