Video: Polar vortex cold weather experiments

Staff writers Mike Jones and Katie Roupe conducted cold weather experiments Tuesday.

The sub-zero temperatures that blew through Western Pennsylvania this week were a frigid burden to most people, but we at the Observer-Reporter decided to turn it into a fun experiment in our courtyard.

We tried a variety of cold weather science experiments, including freezing a wet T-shirt, turning boiling water into snow, blowing icy soap bubbles and attempting to morph a banana into a hammer.

If you attempt to duplicate the boiling water experiment, be safe: Wear gloves to protect your hands from the boiling water, and don’t throw it toward anyone. We conducted our experiment at around zero degrees Fahrenheit. In the event you miscalculate the temperature, you risk burning yourself and others.

Katie Roupe has been shooting photos and writing for the Observer-Reporter since November 2011. She’s previously been published in the Auburn Citizen, Chautaquan Daily, Altoona Mirror and Daily Kent Stater. She graduated from Kent State University with a degree in visual journalism.

Mike Jones has been a news reporter since 2005, covering crime, state and municipal government, education and energy. In addition to working at the Observer-Reporter, he also has spent time at the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail and He holds a journalism degree from West Virginia University.


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