Striking footage taken in Cumbria shows how strong winds generated by Storm Helene were able to ‘reverse’ a waterfall.
The gorgeous footage was captured at Mallerstang Edge on September 18, and shows the wind blowing the water upwards; while a rainbow forms inside the waterfall.
Although an upside-down waterfall may sound like something from a fantasy landscape, the images of this stunning phenomenon are very real; captured during the peak of the violent storm.
US named Storm Helene – which brought 80mph winds to some parts of the UK – has since died down; having left power shortages and traffic disruptions in its wake.
Those who have watched the footage have been left mesmerised by the way the water cascades upwards; appearing to defy the everyday laws of nature. Some described it as being ‘unsettlingly satisfying’ while others correctly remarked it was ‘cool as heck’.
However, others have been left bamboozled as to what exactly we should call the topsy-turvy waterfall, as the name itself is no longer entirely accurate. Waterrise, perhaps?
One person joked:
“Waterfall, that’s not how you do that. The instructions are in your name.”
Another puzzled person said:
“Waterup? What the hell do we call it now?”
“Turning wet & windy overnight. An Ex Hurricane #Helene #StormHelene heading towards the U.K. & drawing up warm air from the mid Atlantic (that is why it’s so mild today) Plus winds widely gusting 40-50mph for W & N Eng & Wales, up to 55-65mph for exposed coasts.” @GMB pic.twitter.com/ZFvTJm37Vp
— Laura Tobin (@Lauratobin1) September 17, 2018
— Just saying… (@1nOmniaParatus) September 18, 2018
Nature truly is amazing and terrifying. I must say, I’ve never seen anything quite like this waterfall before. As Storm Ali prepares to sweep across the UK, stay safe and keep an eye out for other visually spectacular sights.