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Boiling Water is Turning Into Snow Outside in Wisconsin [VIDEO]

Meteorologist Eric Holthaus
(Photo : YouTube screen capture) Meteorologist Eric Holthaus demonstrates what happens when you toss a pot of boiling water into the sky when it is -21°F with a wind chill of -51°F. Video shot Jan 6, 2014 in Viroqua, WI.

In case you haven't heard, temperatures have reached unimaginable lows for most people in the Midwest. Boiling water is turning to snow instantaneously.

The weather phenomena behind the lows called a "polar vortex" is not something familiar to most, but it happens seasonally at the North Pole and resemble hurricanes in formation.

Lauren F Friedman at Business Insider did a nice job explaining what exactly a "polar vortex" is and why it created a tundra in the U.S.

Her article explains it plainly for those who didn't study meteorology and is worth reading, or you can watch the video below to get a feel for how frigid it is.

Meteorologist Eric Holthaus demonstrates in this YouTube video what happens when you toss a pot of boiling water into the sky when it is -21°F with a wind chill of -51°F. Video shot the video Monday in Viroqua, WI.

Here it is:


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