Pretty cool! But man, that is really darn cold. We’re panicking about 18 degrees here nj NJ tomorrow. That’s nothing!
That is very cool. I wonder if it’s cold enough here (it’s rather balmy at +10 degrees) to try it.
Were you a middle school or a high school science teacher in a past life?
Did you see Dr. Wicked’s? Everybody’s at it! As though you guys really needed more frozen water around.
And people here in Atlanta think 12 degrees is cold! I remember doing a similar “experiment” in college in Colorado in sub zero temps. Pretty neat.
Now get back inside and drink some hot chocolate!
Have you ever done this by throwing a cup of hot water into the air? It makes a neat sound when it vaporizes.
We’re feeling it too, though not quite as frigid! Won’t be hiking today.
I showed the son and nieces your video, now we have to try it.
I bet the schools are also canceled up there?
I don’t want to hear from all you people where it’s above zero. I can take it as long as it’s above zero, but on day 3 of subzero, I’m gettin’ cranky.
NBB and I actually tried the cup of boiling water first and only about half of it vaporized.
Some rural schools have cancelled (especially up in northern MN where it’s even colder). But here in the Twin Cities, it’s business as usual.
I’ve never been a science teacher…at least not one that I was aware of.
I’ve been given the suggestion of the banana hammer, but I don’t have any bananas today. I have to go in and do the park ranger thing today and the coffee kiosk usually has bananas, so I may give that a shot later.
That’s pretty darn cold.
Oh Birdchick, that is too d*!m cold! Me, being the sissy Pacific Northwesterner that I am could not handle those kind of temps! I bet you enjoyed the “warm” days in Atlanta!
You are extremely cool, Birdchick! Love your blog and visuals. With windchill factored in, it was -37C here (just east of Ottawa, Ontario) the other day – so believe me, I know what cool is.
Man, and I was thinking that 12 degrees was cold. I guess this won’t work for me, huh? Maybe if I do it with cold water?
It’s cool to see ya!
This is a comment about the Ruby Crowned Kinglet. I had never heard of that bird until I saw it on your site. Just a few weeks before we had some come to our feeders here in Austin, Texas. I thought it was strange that the kinglet on your video looked like the “gold finch in winter” which is what I thought it looked like. The very week that you posted your video, we saw it flash its crest in our yard! We were SO excited. Thank you, thank you, thank you for you time and effort.
Label: ass cold
That’s funny!!Sharon you are south of me and we are at -45 degree below wind chills and -25 air temp this morning.
At least this weekend it will be 20 above up here and some snow.
This was really neat. We never have cold temperatures here, so we will never be able to do this experiment. I had my 8 year old grandson watch it, too. Both of us were just mesmerized! Thank you for the science lesson! I’ll try to send some of our warm air your way!
Sharon, Lynne, and Mike:
You people in Minnesota are freakin’ NUTS!!! I have been watching the weather reports and wondering how you all kept your sanity when it was so cold and now I know – you don’t!!
Predictions for southern Ohio tonight are -4 degrees actual temperature and -20′s with the wind chill. For someone so close to the Mason-Dixon line, this is pure torture. I don’t mind the teens and 20′s, but once with get into the single digits and lower, I start to shiver.
I offered to trade our MN weather with someone from MA–she declined, saying that we’re where she looks to remind herself that it’s colder in some places of the country (other than the icebox we call Alaska, that is…).
Sharon, you’re so cool figuring out ways to have fun and amuse us even when no one really wants to get out of bed in the mornings.
And Veery, no, schools never close up here, at least not the post-secondary schools….not that I don’t keep hoping/praying for it…
That is cool…you should visit Phoenix while it’s freezing up there. We were in the mid 70′s today.
ha..love your category label of “ass cold”!
-40 C and -40 F are the same temperature. Just sayin’.
Nice example! I should have given that a try yesterday. Up here in Winnipeg it was -50 with the windchill.
Love it! I don’t think iI want to be anywhere that’s that cold, but on the other hand, I do want ot try the whole ‘blowing frozen bubbles ‘ thing. Does anyone know anywhere that I can suspend the laws of science in order to chaive that?
or achieve, of course..
Make sure Cinnamon is nice and warm! Otherwise you’ll be disapproved of harshly.
Up in the Mesabi Iron Range we used to do the same experiment, except with our own spit. Times were tough.
I saw you on Boing Boing! Congrats! Wearing your NPS ear flappy hat -they should pay you for the good publicity
My husband keeps saying it has to be -40 to freeze soap bubbles, but I’m thinking it might be warmer than that. I just remember watching them crack outside my apartment building about 13 years ago (the year the boiler died — gosh that was fun!).
I put the feeders and stuff where I can see them from the warmth of the house–was -13 yesterday, it is a balmy 20 at the moment on the bird deck.
Many years ago I was a sailor aboard ship in the way-north north Atlantic–I don’t remember what the temperature was, but I do remember that we had to wear foul-weather gear that included a mask, and that most of us were sick, which made the mask a mixed blessing.
But the funny part was that I went into the room just off the deck where I was on watch aloft and got a cup of scalding hot coffee in one of those heavy pottery mugs the Navy used to use, took it outside and discovered that it had frozen solid before I could set it down.
This winter is looking like the one of 1989-1990 when I moved here. I recall talking to the docent (ranger?) at DeSoto Bend about moving here from California. She looked at me quizzically for the longest them and then said “WHY!!!??!?”
I still am not msure sometimes.
Even my 14-year old son said that this was cool!
Spiky Sandy in Pinellas Park, FL
and I thought it was cold enough here. I’m just sitting here, trying to paint little pictures with the heater beside me and not getting much done. ;P
Hi Sharon, Been enjoying watching you have your 15 minutes of fame. I just had to go read some of the silly little children and their comments on YouTube. (They really are mostly kids, either in literal age or mindset) and I gave my thumbs down to all the little foul ones. Except for the one about being in a bikini. You must admit, that would be a trick. As a kid, we used to get in hot tubs outdoors in western Colorado, once we were hot and our hair wet, we would stand up and run around in the snow, steam pouring off us, and would freeze our hair into weird shapes.
I generally don’t read YouTube comments. I think George Clooney once said it best, “You’re not as great as people say you are and you’re not as bad as people say you are, you’re somewhere in the middle.”
I did get a little weirded out when a friend started forwarding Digg comments to me. I thought it odd that people saw that hat and write, “Yeah, I’d tap that.”
I’ve been telling people about that trick here in MT where is gets that cold sometimes. But to link cold with bird watching: I used to live in Richfield MN and was a backyard birder. Like many, I provided water to the birds with a heated bowl. On one of those -20 or less days a group of 4 not so bright starlings decided to take a dip. They immediately turned into starling-cicles and flopped around covered in ice. I know, I know, they were just starlings but I rushed outside, grabbed them and put them in a box and kept them in the house until their feathers deiced and they dried off. I never had the water available on such cold day again.
Yes, its been so so cold this winter, my home is just outside of Toronto and we have tons of Snow now as well as cold days after cold days. I try to go birding every once in a while and I learned to enjoy birding by car
Really cool! I should try that in Canada when its -50
Yikes! I live in S Florida now so I’ll keep my mouth shut about what the temperature was when I thought it was cold the other day. :O
Your laugh is very charming!
Reason #45345 why I miss and love Minnesota girls.
extra points for “ass cold”
You’d fit right in here in Canada.
This is *totally* geeky. (And I never consider “being a geek” to be a bad thing.)
Right around the :09 mark, there appears to be something moving upwards in front of the camera.
I could be (must be!) wrong, but it really looks like there’s a fly drifting upwards right before you squirt the water.
In below-zero temperatures?! Wow.
“To show the world that you can be a birder without being a geek.”
You certainly came across as a bit geeky in this video.