There’s isn’t much you can do when it’s -34 C outside, except, you know, throw boiling water in the air and hope for the best. We don’t really condone this really risky act, but we’ll be the first to admit that the result is pretty cool.
YouTube user Viva Frei, who lives in Montreal, Que., decided to entertain his audience by putting on his warmest gear and making his way outside in the freezing cold (-45 C with the wind chill)–with a pot of boiling water in hand. This little experiment of tossing hot water into the cold air has been tried and tested for years, but this is the prettiest video we’ve seen of it to date.
So what actually causes really hot water to basically evaporate in seconds in below zero temperature? According to climatologist Mark Seeley, who spoke to NPR:
“When it’s cold outside, there’s hardly any water vapour present in the air, whereas boiling water emits vapour 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 vapour to come off of.”
Hooray for science. But, seriously, check out the video above to see the beautiful crystallization. And remember, don’t try this at home–unless you want to get hit in the face with some hot water…which will inevitably happen because that’s life.