WATCH: Across Wyoming People Toss Boiling Water Into Freezing Air
It was the perfect time to do it.
Temperatures drop to -20 and in some places below.
So let's boil a cup of water and step outside.
I watched a friend of mine do it then I saw that Facebook was suddenly flooding with others who all had the same idea.
If you don't know, boiling water thrown into arctic air turns directly into steam and snow in a flash.
This first video is from a Wake Up Wyoming listener, Patrick Edwards of Riverton Wyoming. Nice technique on the arch there Patrick.
Clint Morrison of Gillette Wyoming presents the next video.
It is just wonderful.
Great lighting and a full back arch to get a nice rounded effect.
He's not just using a cup of water but a full pot to get as much into the air as he can.
From the looks of this video, I'm betting he thought about this and tried it several times before finding the just right way to shoot the video.
There is a nice slow-motion effect added and that American flag in the background really adds to the majesty and mood.
he even has his daughter right up front in the video.
From Laramie is someone who goes by Cone Heads 8020 on social media.
This is a nice high arch shot in brighter light.
there is a good amount of water and some high uplifting slow effect.
It's fun to watch the snow come back down after the toss.
The tree behind him helps people to see the steam effect.
Lisa Romfo from Casper Wyoming writes "I've always wanted to do this."
Actually, many people have heard of it and thought of it. But most never try it.
Honestly, do it at least once.
Here is a YouTube short of a high toss of a big pot of water.
This one is well lit.
Look at the cloud rise and the snowfall.
Jackson Hole Wyoming.
Let's do a quick group shot.
Everybody outside with a boiling cup.
All at once, let's toss it high.
I have no idea why they are all wearing bathrobes.
So how does this work?
Or better yet, WHY does this work?
Throwing boiling water up is giving the air more vapor than it has room for.
The water precipitates out by clinging to microscopic particles in the air, such as sodium or calcium, and forming crystals.
This is just what goes into the formation of snowflakes. The rest becomes instant steam.
Leave it to National Geographic to shoot the best video ever.