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It's Cold Enough To Make Our Own Snow!

1/24/2011 12:02:22 PM

Tags: winter, nature appreciation, make your own snow, Cam Mather

 Guest Post By Michelle Mather 

Yesterday I showed Cam a video that a friend of mine had posted on Facebook. It showed a woman standing outside on a snowy day with a kettle and a glass measuring cup. She was pouring boiling water into the cup and throwing it into the air. The boiling water instantly turned into vapor in the cold air.

We have a weather station in the house that has a remote outdoor sensor. It's a pretty neat gadget that Cam gave to me for Christmas one year (he doesn't always resort to "certificates"). This weather station not only shows us the temperature (both inside and outside) but keeps track of the highs and the lows, tells us the pressure and the humidity and also predicts the weather to come. My only criticism of it is that it will only register as low as -29.9°C (about -22°F). If the temperature drops below that level it registers as "OFL." I have no idea what "OFL" stands for, so I just say that it means it's "awful cold outside!"

Almost every year since we've owned this weather station, we've had at least a few days when the temperature outside hit the "awful" stage. Last winter it never did get that cold. I didn't complain. This year I made the mistake of commenting to Cam that we hadn't seen the "OFL" reading yet. I was wishing that I hadn't said anything when a few days later the temperature plummeted.

Last night before we went to bed the weather station was reporting the outdoor temperature as "OFL." It was still "OFL" this morning when we got up and so Cam decided it was an excellent opportunity to re-enact the video we'd watched yesterday.

So he gathered up the kettle of boiling water from the woodstove and a glass measuring cup and I gathered up the video camera and the still camera too. We headed outside and wow... it was cold! We didn't waste any time and as Cam began throwing cupfuls of boiling water up in to the frigid air, I captured it all on film.

Here are some photos and a link to the video!

 Boiling water 1 

 Boiling water 2 

You can see that as he was tossing cupfuls of boiling water up in to the air, it looked almost like fireworks... white fireworks. There was even a whooshing sound!

Boiling water 3 

 

The video that we captured (a little earlier this morning) is here;

 

All photos and video by Michelle Mather.

 For more information about Cam or his books, visit http://www.cammather.com or http://www.aztext.com/
 



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