Tuesday in the Children’s Department we decided to have some fun with this frigid, arctic weather we’re having instead of complaining…
As a part of our Homeschool Tuesdays program, we went outside to try a couple of things you can only do when it’s this cold.
First, we tossed boiling water into the air:
Yes, this really works! Though, it worked better when I tried it at home this morning when the air temperature was -10 on my porch. It had warmed up to a balmy +3 when we did it at the library.
Next, we froze t-shirts.
Yes, the t-shirt is frozen solid, not being blown by the wind.
- You can make your own snow! When extreme cold hits, there’s very little water vapour in the air. Boiling water, on the other hand, emits a large amount of vapour – and that’s why it steams. When it interacts with cold temperatures, the excess vapour crystallizes, creating instant snowflakes. (explanation taken from theweathernetwork.com)
- Cold air is dangerous! It doesn’t take very long for things to freeze in sub-zero temperatures especially when you factor in the wind chill. The shirt took only a few minutes to freeze with an air temperature of +3 and wind chill of -15.
- There is fun to be had no matter the weather…and, you may learn something if you’re not careful!
Now, time for a cup of tea, blanket, and a good book. What are you reading? We’d love to hear!