Boiling Water Turns To Snow In -43F Weather [VIDEO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on December 20, 2012 5:27 PM EST

Siberia
Even the pigeons are freezing in Siberia, where the mercury dropped to -43F. (Photo: Reuters)

Think your winters are harsh?

This video shot by a Siberian man shows how boiling water turns to snow in seconds when he goes outside into -43 F temperatures. Known as the Mpemba effect, boiling water turns to snow faster than regular water, but still, it's gotta be freaking cold out for boiling water to turn to snow at all. Check it out:

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Russia is in the grip of a massive cold spell right now, with themperatures dropping to 40 or 50 below zero in parts of Siberia. Meterologists claim these are the coldest temperatures in half a century.

It's gotten so cold in Siberia that people are resorting to all sort of drastic measures to combat the kind of cold that makes boiling water turn to snow. Like the animal trainer who had to feed vodka to two elephants to keep them feeling warm when they were stuck outside during a trailer fire.

The cold causing boiling water to turn to snow is no laughing matter, no matter how many drunk elephants are involved. So far this winter the extreme cold has claimed more than 50 lives across eastern and central Europe. Local authorities across Europe are advising people to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary, a warning that might be hard to heed during holiday travel.

Weather watchers are curious to see if the boiling water turns to snow-level temperatures will fall any farther, perhaps rivaling the outside-of-Antarctica cold record of -90F set in Yakutsk, Siberia.

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