VIDEO: 'It seems like we've moved to the North Pole'

VIDEO: 'It seems like we've moved to the North Pole'

CHAMPAIGN — The temperature didn't dip below zero Tuesday as it had the day before, when Andrew Pritchard first turned boiling water into snow and ice crystals, but the local meteorologist tried again on camera for the News-Gazette.

While the air wasn't as frigid as it had been the last few days, the experiment worked. As Pritchard tossed the water into the air, plumes of vapor and snow burst out of the pot.

"We've got water at 212 degrees here, and the air temperature is dramatically colder," said Pritchard, who runs ChambanaWeather.com. "It's been below zero for the last two days here. When that water hits the air, it immediately vaporizes and freezes into ice crystals, which you commonly see in the sky as clouds or snow.

"If you tried it with cold water," he added, "you'd just get cold water coming out of your pot."

While Monday may have seemed like a unique opportunity to try the experiment in minus-15-degree weather, those who think they missed their chance need not worry: Extreme cold temperatures aren't going away for good, Pritchard said.

"It feels as if we're in unheard-of territory," he said. "We did set a couple of records, a record low and then a record-low high temperature the other day. But cold air like this, it happens every three to five years it seems like.

"We had an extended period in 2014 when the polar vortex was the buzzword," he added. "We had cold weather like this in 2009. We've had warm winters the last couple of years and it resets your memory and then suddenly it gets cold like this and it seems like we've moved to the North Pole. It's not really unheard of to have weather like this in the Midwest."

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Rocky7 wrote on January 03, 2018 at 3:01 pm

BEWARE GOBALCOOLING.  IT IS THE CLIMATE TREND OF THE FUTURE !

Rocky7 wrote on January 03, 2018 at 3:01 pm

BEWARE GOBALCOOLING.  IT IS THE CLIMATE TREND OF THE FUTURE !

STM wrote on January 03, 2018 at 3:01 pm

Troll, it's time for an education. This is "weather" not "climate."  Weather is what's outside your window...apparently all the research you're capable of doing.

Where were your stupid outbursts during our 70 degree February last year?  Oh yeah, that was weather, not climate. Go jump in a lake.