In Wisconsin, boiling water turns into snow!

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Michael Bastasch DCNF Managing Editor
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With record cold temperatures hitting the U.S., one scientist has taken to making his own snow using boiling water. Yes, boiling water.

Meteorologist Eric Holthaus shot a video of this strange event in Viroqua, Wisconsin, where the temperature was -51 degrees Fahrenheit with wind chill. Holthaus throws a pot of boiling water into the air where it quickly turns into a snowy mist.

Here it is: my video (shot moments ago) turning boiling water into snow

— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) January 6, 2014

Winter time is hitting the country hard and the average U.S. temperature is 12.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Chicago has become labelled “Chiberia” because it is colder than the south pole.

“A temperature of 16 degrees below zero was measured at O’Hare Airport later in the morning, breaking the record of 14 below zero set twice in 1884 and 1988 on Jan. 6,” reports DNAinfo Chicago. “That’s colder than the South Pole in Antarctica, where the temperature was recorded at 11 degrees below zero at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station before 8 a.m.”

The Midwest is seeing historic low temperatures, according to the Associated Press.

“The temperature predictions are startling: 25 below zero in Fargo, N.D., minus 31 in International Falls, Minn., and 15 below in Indianapolis and Chicago,” the AP reports. “At those temperatures, exposed skin can get frostbitten in minutes and hypothermia can quickly set in because wind chills could hit 50, 60 or even 70 below zero.”

“All the ingredients are there for a near-record or historic cold outbreak,” meteorologist Ryan Maue told the AP. “If you’re under 40, you’ve not seen this stuff before.”

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