The Boiling Water to Instant Snow Trick This Morning at the NWS Office

Temperatures in the Ozarks plummeted this morning as an arctic airmass spread over the region.  The combination of this cold air, light winds, clear skies, and fresh snow allowed temperatures to fall well below zero.  Have you ever wondered how quickly water would freeze in this environment?  The forecasters at the National Weather Service in Springfield attempted to answer this question by throwing hot water into the air.  The video here shows the results of their experiment.  Warning:  Video is 9 MB in size and will take some time to download. The video can be viewed by using a media player that supports an mpg format.

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