Man Shows The Power Of Winter Weather With Cool Trick
Cailyn Finkel 11/28/2018
Wintertime is great for a variety of reasons. Not only do you get to celebrate the holidays with friends and loved ones, but you also get to watch snowflakes fall peacefully to the ground. There's nothing quite as relaxing on this planet!
But what happens when winter exposes its wrath? Frigid temperatures and slippery ice can turn even the most devoted winter fanatic into a sour-faced complainer. Well, if you're these people, you embrace the freezing cold and have a little fun.
There's no reason why you can't enjoy negative degrees and snow-covered trees!
Rather than hang out inside all day, this guy decided to have a science experiment of his own. He filled a container with boiling water, threw on his snow boots and ran outside. In a flash, he tossed the boiling water into the air.
He didn't seem worried about the firey liquid raining back down on top of him - that's because he knew the secret science behind the activity! Instead of boiling hot water pouring back down, the chilly air turned it to snow immediately!
His buddies watched in awe as the entire boiling bucket transformed into a fan of snow before their very eyes. They'd never seen anything like it.
Mark Seeley, a climatologist at the University of Minnesota, knows exactly how this fascinating phenomenon occurs. He told Live Science that it has to do with the vast differences between the air and the boiling water, as well as the moisture already in the area.
"When it's cold outside, there's hardly any water vapor present in the air, whereas boiling water emits vapor very readily that's why it's steaming. When you throw the water up in the air, it breaks into much smaller droplets, so there's even more surface for water vapor to come off of.
Now, cold air is very dense, and this makes its capacity to hold water vapor molecules very low. There's just fundamentally less space for the vapor molecules. So when you throw the boiling water up, suddenly the [negative degree] air has more water vapor than it has room for. So the vapor precipitates out by clinging to microscopic particles in the air, such as sodium or calcium, and forming crystals. This is just what goes into the formation of snowflakes.
You have to have a huge temperature gradient to see this effect... Here in Minnesota, we don't try this experiment until it's minus 30..."
If that's too much science mumbo-jumbo for you, keep scrolling! You can check out their slow-motion footage for yourself.
Take a peek at this incredible science experiment in the video below. This is too cool!