Crystallizing boiling water

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It’s been cold here for the past 2 days. Real cold. And because I’m a chemistry nerd grad student, I decided to test out an experiment.

Word on the street is that if you throw boiling hot water up in the air on an extraordinarily cold day (in the negatives), the boiling water will crystallize/insta-freeze (creating snow mid-air) before falling to the ground.

So, my lab mates and I boiled up some H2O, grabbed the video camera, and this is what transpired…

Why yes, I am wearing safely glasses and using gloves. Safety first! Don’t mind my incredibly high squeaky voice. Apparently I turn into a chipmunk when I’m excited. But come on, that’s so cool! Science is the coolest!

Meanwhile, it still feels like it’s -19 degrees out and I’m wearing tights under my jeans, a scarf around my neck, and my space heater is on whenever I’m at my desk. Brrrr…

Trying to stay warm,
~Erin

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Mallory says:

    Awesome experiment!! I saw someone do that on the news the other day too. Looks like you were very excited!! Lol

  2. Nicole says:

    I heard about this! I want to try!!!! SO cool!

  3. Jodi Higgins says:

    That is so cool! Good job on the safety first!!

  4. the dawn says:

    dude! that was crazy cool!

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