Last night at 10p on the news I showed a video that was sent to me by Allison Mckenzie. It showed her sink pouring out liquid water that would freeze instantly on contact with the sink.
Pretty cool stuff. My hypothesis is that the water became super-cooled in the pipes somehow and when it came out of the faucet BAM instant ice. After I showed this on air, I received a few other messages from people saying their sink did the same thing!
And that is pretty incredible. Often it takes deionized water or very pure water to get it to do something like that.
For example, our good friend @SevereWeatherMS did the same thing with a bottle of purified water.
Here’s a cool — literally — experiment for the cold weather: this bottle of purified water was supercooled outside overnight and then poured onto a freezing surface where it instantly crystallised! #mswx #cold @NWSJacksonMS @spann @HeatherSophiaTV @PatrickEllisWx @NickLilja pic.twitter.com/MEuDWQp7a4
— Severe Weather MS (@SevereWeatherMS) January 3, 2018
If you want to do this in a water bottle, you can find plenty of how-to videos on youtube. It’s a fun trick! If you want your kitchen sink to do this… well, I wouldn’t recommend trying that. The consequences of trying to get sub-freezing water to remain liquid in your pipes and failing, is expensive.