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Ultra Cold Temperatures Change Boiling Water to Snow [Video]

If the weather is cold enough, it’s possible to toss a pot of boiling water in the air and be rewarded with a miniature snow cloud.

It’s really cold outside today here on the south shore of Montreal (QC, CA). Really, really cold. The temperature outside currently is at -13°F (-25°C), but when you add in the wind chill factor, it feels more like -29°F (-33°C). Since it rarely gets this cold, I decided to use the opportunity to show my kids what happens when you throw really hot (boiling) water in the air at this temperature. You can check out the video of the experiment (and put it in HD and full screen mode to observe the effect more closely.)

Turning Boiling or Hot Water into Snow at -13°F (-25°C) [Geeks Are Sexy]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/24/13

Comments (7)

  1. KB Prez

    Love it. Geeks are definitely sexy!

  2. Guidez

    I’m in Ottawa, and it’s going to be -26 and feel like -32 tonight. Can’t wait to try this :D

  3. yjrnpppp

    Ultra cold….that’s lame. Ultra cold is more like -40C. Been there, done that and now in Arizona.

  4. Snippit

    I should have tried this in Cali when it dropped to 55F. Some people were acting like it was a new Ice Age.

  5. dwn

    -50C a couple years ago – my eyes froze shut while walking the campus that day. Can only imagine what would happen had I also been throwing a pot of boiling water out there – probably freeze everything else shut too lol.

  6. Ushindi

    This is why I stay in California…lol

  7. Arthur Goulet

    What you see there isn’t snow, it’s fog. Proof? Notice that when the instant cloud disipates, there’s not a flake of snow on the guy.

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