Extreme Cold Science Experiments Explained

Since The Cold Air Can’t Hold As Much Water Vapor The Droplets Condense And It Will Turn Into Steam Or Even Ice Crystals

Extreme Cold Science Experiments Explained
By Rebecca Kopelman

When arctic air invades you can do weird things outside… or you can stay inside. Meteorologist Rebecca Kopelman has conducted a few science experiments that you can try yourself. When conducting experiments make sure you’re staying covered up with coat, hat, gloves, etc. and limit your time outdoors. Many of these experiments you can quickly set up outside and can wait for.


This one you’ve probably seen the most floating around social media. Take a boiling pot of water and throw it up into the air and it turns to steam. Throw the water AWAY from you in case not all of the water turns to steam. The science behind this has to do with how dry the air is. When you throw the boiling water the water turns into droplets. Since the cold air can’t hold as much water vapor the droplets condense and it will turn into steam or even ice crystals. The colder the temperature the better this will work.


This one may require you to stand outside a little longer, so gloves are a must! Blow bubbles and watch them freeze and then pop. This is tough to do in the wind, so it’s best to wait for the wind to calm down to try.


You can freeze any piece of clothes outside, actually. Get some clothes, hangers (or clothesline/pins), and warm water. Soak the clothes in warm/hot water and hang outside. Wait about 10 minutes (especially in sub-zero temperatures) and your clothes will be stiff as a board! You can make the clothes stand up by sticking them in the snow.


I don’t really have a good reason for doing this, but take a couple slices of bread and an egg. Set up the slices of bread so the egg can rest on top of it. Crack the egg slightly and then rest the egg on the slices of bread: This may take 10 to 20 minutes depending on how cold it is. You’ll see the egg yolk start to go opaque and it will eventually freeze. You can the remove the slices of bread and the egg will be standing on it’s own!


This experiment is similar to the egg one. Cook a bowl of ramen, spaghetti, whatever you have and put it in a bowl. You can use plastic utensils for less weight or whatever you have at home. Grab a stack of books or blocks and set it down next to the bowl outside. Grab some noodles on the fork and put it on top of the stack of books above the lip of the bowl. This one may need to sit for 20-30 minutes.

This news was originally published at Fox-42 KPTM

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