Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Mr. Wizard Failed Me

Well, not really. But he did inspire me to do an experiment this morning. Our temperature is a balmy -12 with a wind chill of -36. That's REALLY cold for Denver. All our schools are closed because of the dangerous temps. I actually noticed that there is a little frost on the INSIDE of our windows. The thermometer in my office is reading 56.6 degrees, prompting the fireplace to burn but it's having trouble keeping up with the draft coming off the windows.

So, what was the experiment, you ask. Well, my math says that -36 is more than double freezing (nice logic, eh?!). So I bundled up, grabbed a glass of boiling water, went outside and tossed it into the air. Guess what happened...You'll never believe it!!!

NOTHING! Nothing happened. I threw boiling hot water all over our deck which I am pretty sure is now a frozen glob of ice right in front of Chris' Weber grill. It was a good idea. I even asked Chris to video tape it, just in case it was awesome. He laughed at me and said that "wind chill is nothing more than how the air feels on skin." And to actually have this work, the temperature had to be -36 with a wind chill of -50 or something. What a party breaker. But who cares! The moral of the story... sometimes you just gotta be a kid.


  1. Sounds like a fun way to start the day. Stay warm:)

  2. So it was 65 and sunny on the 28th and now it is below freezing, by a great degree, pun intended! How do you know what to wear each morning, do you listen to the weather before you even get out of bed? Michigan weather is sucky almost all winter, but at least it is consistently sucky. I don't know which I like better, sucky daily or a surprise.

    I like your idea to test the elements, sorry it didn't work out to be awesome, but nice try. It is FUN to be a kid.

    I'll be wishing you have great weather again very soon, and that you can send it to Michigan, at least the sunny part.