Minnesota, it’s so cold that… if you throw a pot of boiling water off a seven story building, it vaporizes before it hits the ground. Watch and subscribe to the Minnesota Cold Weather Experiments: http://www.youtube.com/nziegler . Special thanks to Steve Carlisle for his assistance in this video.
Pot of boiling water
A very high building
A really cold day
Boil a large pot of water on the stove or on a burner. (You may have to reheat it when you get to the top floor.)
On the roof of a very tall building, carefully approach the edge.
Throw the pot of water off the edge of the building.
Make sure that it is a building that people do not walk next to. If not all of the water vaporizes, you may burn someone with the boiling water.
Have someone watch it from below (not directly below). That’s the best view.
Minnesota, it’s so cold that… if you forget your flowers outside, they’ll freeze overnight and shatter in the morning. Special thanks to Chicago-Lake Floral in Minneapolis for the donation of the flowers. Watch and subscribe all of the Minnesota Cold Weather Experiments: www.youtube.com/nziegler .
A hard surface outside to shatter the flowers
Pick up some flowers from the local flower shop.
Set the flowers outside for several hours or overnight.
Smash the flowers on your sidewalk for a great effect.
Ask your florist for flowers that they are going to throw out for the weekend (you might get them for free).
Flowers that have begun or have already opened, work the best.
Minnesota, it’s so cold that… you can make a human snowball out of frozen towels and roll it down the hill with someone inside. Special thanks to Hugh Brown for going into the human snowball and Steve Carlisle for helping shoot some of the video. Watch and subscribe all of the Minnesota Cold Weather Experiments: www.youtube.com/nziegler .
Large inflatable ball
Inflate a large inflatable ball. Start in the house, then move outside.
Cover the ball with layers of wet towels.
Cut a hatch in the towels so you can get in and out.
Pour water over the towels until a thicker layer of ice has formed (about 15 times).
Cut the hatch back open and bring your human snowball to a large hill.
Put someone inside of the human snowball (with a helmet), then cover the hatch with a wet towel.
Push them down the hill and help them get out if the ball doesn’t break.
Repeat if the ball isn’t crushed.
Make sure it’s really cold. The towels and layers of ice freeze much faster that way.
Don’t inflate the ball too much or else it will pop.
Minnesota – It’s so cold that… you can freeze your trampoline and jump from your garage to break it. *** Warning. Please do not try this one at home. *** Watch and subscribe all of the Minnesota Cold Weather Experiments: www.youtube.com/nziegler .
Our Christmas tree was just too tall. The only option I could think of was to bring it back to the tree farm. So back it went. Music used with permission: Jingle Bells Calm and Jingle Bells 3 by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Had some fun with the kids and the first snowfall of the year. This video was precursor to the viral “Frozen Trampoline” video. Music used with permission: Circus Waltz FX by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Each year in Minnesota we try to guess when the ice will “go out.” There’s a few weeks when the lakes have some open water and ice on them. In this video, I attempt to paddle fast enough to get the canoe up onto the ice.
When you live in Minnesota, you never know what kind of weather you’re going to get during Spring Break. On this particular year, it snowed 10 inches overnight. It made for a fun last day of Spring Break for me and the kids. Music used with permission: Gold Rush by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Our neighbor’s dog Flynn pulls our kids and his through the park on a toboggan. Royalty free music used with permission from Sony Creative Software. To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
I thought it would be fun to take a bike ride through downtown Minneapolis with my new GoPro camera. Here’s what it’s like from the biker’s perspective. Music used with permission: Call to Adventure by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Hot Water in Minnesota. A short film about what happens when you throw hot water in cold Minnesota. It was -19 degrees Fahrenheit when this movie was filmed. The movie was filmed entirely with a GoPro video camera. Music used with permission: Barroom Ballet by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Minnesota – It’s so cold that… you can make a piñata with water instead of paste. Watch and subscribe all of the Minnesota Cold Weather Experiments: www.youtube.com/nziegler .
A large bag of candy
Paper towels, cut in strips
Warm water in a bowl
3 shallow pans or large plates
Knife and/or scissors
Blow up the three balloons, making one large, one medium, and one small one.
Dip the strips of paper towel in the warm water and cover the balloons. Use the pans or large plates to catch the water under each balloon. Cover the balloons completely with a layer of paper towels.
Repeat Step 2, this time placing the strips at a perpendicular angle to the first layer of paper towels. When finished, the balloons should have two layers of paper towels.
Set the balloons outside to freeze.
Once frozen, bring the balloons back inside. Cut a rectangular flap on each of them and remove the deflated balloon from inside the frozen paper towels sphere. For the largest sphere, keep the tail of the balloon on it so you can later tie the string to it.
Take a long piece of string and tie it to the end of the largest sphere. Cut two small holes on each end of the other two balloons. String together the spheres so they are stacked in a column of three, looking like a snowman. Leave extra string on the top.
Stuff the parts with candy and cover the openings with more paper towels.
Using a marker, draw on the snowman’s face on the top and smallest balloon. Add doodles.
With the extra string at the top, hang up the snowman piñata. Take the bat and have at it!
Make sure the balloons are entirely covered with the paper towel strips when coating them.
Minnesota – It’s so cold that… you can make your own slurpees outside. Watch and subscribe all of the Minnesota Cold Weather Experiments: www.youtube.com/nziegler .
2-liter bottle of pop of your choice
Set outside the bottle of pop. Put it in the snow to get cold but do not let it begin turning into a solid.
While the pop is still liquid in the bottle, remove the cap while still outside. The liquid should quickly turn into a slushy. The time it takes varies greatly depending on the temperature. At -10 degrees Fahrenheit on the cement or in the snow, it takes less than an hour and a half to go from room temperature to slurpee.
Bring it inside, let it thaw for a moment, and then cut off the top of the bottle and pour the slushy into a cup.
Monitor your pop bottle closely. Once it begins to ice over, you’ve waited too long.
The time it takes for the pop to be ready varies greatly with the temperature. Test it a few times with your current temp before showing the experiment to others.
Handle the bottle very carefully. Jarring the bottle early may cause problems with the freezing effect.
It does not work well to redo the experiment after the pop has already frozen.
To speed up the process, cool it in the fridge first.
Minnesota – It’s so cold that… you can go bowling outside with a watermelon. Watch and subscribe all of the Minnesota Cold Weather Experiments: www.youtube.com/nziegler .
10 empty 2-liter bottles
Fill the ten 2-liter bottles with water, then add about five drops of food coloring into the water of the bottles. Put the bottle caps back on. Set all of the bottles outside to freeze.
On your watermelon, mark three dots for finger holes. Cut out the holes with a knife, draining the watermelon as you do so. (Some water will be inside, of course.) Bring the watermelon outside to freeze as well.
Once the water in the bottles are frozen solid and the watermelon is hard, set up your “pins” and go bowling!
When cutting the holes for your fingers in the watermelon, keep in mind your finger size with gloves on, so make the holes somewhat larger than you would for your fingers normally.
Minnesota – It’s so cold that… you can build an igloo and stand on it by just shoveling a bunch of snow into a pile and hollowing it out. Watch and subscribe all of the Minnesota Cold Weather Experiments: www.youtube.com/nziegler .
A lot of snow
Shovel together a large mound of snow. Let it harden for a few hours after making it.
Use the shovel to hollow it out inside, creating an entrance and then taking most of the snow out from inside of the mound. Leave it to freeze for a little while longer.
Once it is frozen solid, go and stand on the igloo! It shouldn’t break.
It needs to be quite cold for this to work. Negative temps are ideal.
Try to jump on it and break it when you are done.
For additional fun, wire a TV to your Quinzhee and enjoy some hot chocolate outside while watching the Olympics:
Minnesota – It’s so cold that… you can freeze a t-shirt into a ball and shatter it against a wall (or at least you can try). This one didn’t work! Watch and subscribe all of the Minnesota Cold Weather Experiments: www.youtube.com/nziegler .
Pot of boiling water
Tongs or other utensil
Bring the pot of boiling water outside and dip the t-shirt in the water until it is soaked.
Remove the shirt and wring it out. Roll it into a ball.
Leave it to freeze until it is solid.
Throw it against a wall and watch it shatter.
The t-shirt was very hot when I was wringing out, so be sure to be careful.
I couldn’t get the t-shirt to shatter, but it still made a good ball. If you managed to get it to shatter, let me know in the comments!
Minnesota – It’s so cold that… you can freeze a towel and go sledding on it. Watch and subscribe all of the Minnesota Cold Weather Experiments: www.youtube.com/nziegler .
An old towel
3 large paint cans
A bowl of warm water
A hill to sled down
Dip the old towel in the bucket of water until it is completely wet.
Lay the towel flat on the ground outside.
Set the paint cans adjacently near one end of the towel, and fold the end of the towel over the cans to create a curve when the towel freezes.
Leave the towel until it is frozen solid. Slide the cans out from the towel. Lean the towel-sled against a wall and pour the second bucket of water onto the bottom of the sled to make it slick. Leave it out for a while longer, overnight if you would like.
Find a good snowy hill and head down on your sled!
Make sure the sidewalk is cleared of snow to make the under-surface more smooth.
Your sidewalk will have a patch of ice after dumping the last layers of water over the sled. You may want to do this last step somewhere away from your sidewalk.
Minnesota – It’s so cold that… your hair freezes if you don’t dry it before going outside. I somehow talked my wife into helping me with this one. Watch and subscribe all of the Minnesota Cold Weather Experiments: www.youtube.com/nziegler .
A wet head of hair (or a wife that puts up with your Minnesota Cold antics!)
After your shower, forgo the blow dryer or even a towel if you are brave. Make sure your hair is wet. (All the low-maintenance people rejoice.)
Go into the cold outdoors with your wet hair for a minute. Your hair will freeze!
Hang upside down for an especially visible outcome.
Make sure your wife loves you a lot before asking for help with this one.