DIY Snow Making On A 3 Dog Night

Posted: Saturday, 11 February 2012 by Mark Kinnon in Labels: , , ,

Tonight in London it is a still night, and about -10 degrees Celsius, which is colder than a nun's candle by local standards. It is what the Inuit tribes are supposed to call a 3 dog night; which is one that requires you to have 3 dogs laying on the bed to keep you warm. Even with my super new central heating boiler running at 100% it is so cold in the bedroom that I have remade the bed as a "duvet sandwich", in other words, sleeping with a duvet both underneath and on top of you.

In a spare moment I decided to see if a little science experiment I first saw on a BBC report about the coldest inhabited town in Russia, would be reproducable.. This method will only work if it is really cold and dry, it makes for a neat party trick.
Here's what you do:
Fill a mug one third full with boiling water, take it outside and throw the water up in the air..... Instant snow! Disclaimer - handling boiling fluids is a risky activity, Mark Kinnon and The SkiBiker SkiBike Blog cannot accept responsibility for your health and wellbeing, observe the correct safety precautions to avoid harm.
And yes it worked at treat, although I am writing this in my duvet sandwich bed, which still wasn't warm enough, I had to open up a sleeping bag and throw that on top too.