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

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By Eun Kyung Kim

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.

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.TODAY

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