Look at these bubbles! This is what dish soap bubbles look like after half an hour in a temperature of 4 below 0. Notice all the crystallized fragments of the larger bubble that broke away in the wind and landed nearby. Photo credit: Landon Mitchell, KGRS-FM, 01/02/18
Ah, the fun that can be had on a cold day!
You’ve seen boiling water instantly turned into a cloud at these temperatures, but have you ever seen frozen dish soap bubbles at 4 degrees below 0?! Now we’re talking.
I mixed some water and dish soap in a Styrofoam cup and then used a straw to blow a couple bubbles onto the concrete surface of the facade of River Park Place on 4th Street in downtown Burlington. The bubbles and water spillage around the bubbles began to freeze immediately and were completely frozen within a minute. The water and bubbles in the cup I was holding were also rapidly freezing.
I returned a half hour later to take the photos. The results are something you never knew you wanted to see:
More fun than trying to fry an egg on the sidewalk in the summer. Photo credit: Landon Mitchell, KGRS-FM, 01/02/18
Photo credit: Landon Mitchell, KGRS-FM, 01/02/18