Explore Water Properties

Winter is a fun time to learn more about water. What do you think happens when you toss a pot of boiling water into the air on a warm winter day?

 

Record your predictions. 

Now, what do you think happens when you toss a pot of boiling water into freezing cold air during a Minnesota polar vortex?

 

Record your predictions. 

CAUTION: Adults must handle boiling water in this experiment. Please do not toss water into the wind if the wind is blowing towards you. 

If you guessed that the boiling hot water would quickly condense into a visually stunning cloud of micro droplets in below freezing temperatures, you would be correct! Wow! That's impressive.

 

Why do you think the water transforms into steam in the freezing cold air?

What other ways does water change when the temperature outside changes?