In videos it might seem cool, but it's a good idea to use caution when throwing boiling water here and there, or above your head: Filming boiling water immediately turning into snow is the new social media craze amid freezing temperatures in US, Canadahttps://t.co/VsiCeizdeI pic.twitter.com/PP928pPMB2— DAILY SABAH (@DailySabah) January 18, 2018
A new video trend featuring slow-motion videos of boiling water turning to snow, known as the Mpemba effect, is sweeping across the U.S.
The videos, captured on December 27 and 28, show boiling water being launched into the air in slow motion, only to turn into snow almost immediately.
The United States and Canada have been witnessing extreme weather recently, with a storm on Erie, Pennsylvania leaving more than 65 inches (165 cms) of snow last week.
A rare winter storm hit the U.S. southeast on Wednesday, January 3, bringing Florida's capital its first snow in three decades and snarling travel, while New England braced for a "bombogenesis" whopper forecast to bring heavy accumulations on Thursday.
Incredible footage captured the moments boiling water instantly turned into ice due tothe extreme cold.
The first video was recorded by Mathew Barlow (@barlito) in Bemidji, Minnesota, a U.S. state bordering Canada, on Dec. 27, 2017.
Whereas the second video shows Kevin Decosta (sooflay) throwing boiling water up into the air in a parking lot in Mendon, Vermont, northeast U.S. on Dec. 28.
The third video by @sarabrunoo shows a man throwing boiling water out from the porch in Hewitt, New Jersey, U.S. on Dec. 28.
Musician and photographer Debbie Center, 56, throws a pan of boiling water above her head in the fourth video, only for it to immediately turn into snow in -33 degrees Celsius/ -28 degrees Fahrenheit.
Minnesota is known for its freezing winters but Debbie believes it's a paradise despite the brutal temperatures.
She said: "You have to do this as quickly as possible with your boiling water when you go outside, as the water will cool off quickly out there and you won't see this effect.
"I was dressed for the weather, so I was surprised that I felt perfectly comfortable in spite of the ridiculous temperature.
"I could barely feel slightly warm vapors around me, and also felt a few little iced droplets on my skin. It's amazing how quickly it vaporizes!
"Never throw the water directly toward your body - my right arm was actually stretched to the right of my body, so the water wasn't aiming for my face, but rather directly over me and to the right.
"This was done in one take! I was just amazed that the sun remained so beautifully cantered throughout the video.
"I'm just thrilled that so many people have shared my video and left wonderful comments for me! It's so much fun to show people all over the world why I adore living in Minnesota, even when the temperature is, well, brutal. I truly feel it's paradise here!"
In the last video, a YouTuber took advantage of plummeting temperatures in London, Canada to perform this cool experiment. "ClusterHeadSurvivor" did this in his backyard as temperatures fell to -10 degrees Celsius.