Reporter Experiments: Never too cold for some fun - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports

Reporter Experiments: Never too cold for some fun


Staying cooped up inside when temperatures are sub-zero can definitely be boring. But, just because it feels like the arctic outside, doesn't mean you can't have a little fun. We decided to test out that theory and found out that this cold weather can provide a great atmosphere for outdoor experiments.     

The temperature is -3. But, that doesn't mean we can't have some fun outside, at least for a couple minutes.

First, we tried an experiment called "colored balloons."

Step one: Fill the balloon with food coloring.

Step two: Fill it with water.

When your balloons are ready to go, just head outside and place them in a shaded area.

After 3 ½ hours the balloons were completely frozen.  We found that if you peel back the balloon layer, there's a nice stained-glass effect, causing the balloons to be colorful, not to mention pure ice.

Another fun experiment we tried was cracking an egg on the pavement to see how long it takes to freeze over.

In just one hour our egg was completely frozen. So hard, in fact, that we couldn't even get it off the pavement.

But, we weren't done yet. What about bubbles? While they're great in the summer, we wanted to find out how they react to these frigid temps.

Unfortunately, this experiment is harder than it looks. You have to get the bubble to stay on the wand long enough for it crystallize. We only managed to make that happen one time, with one tiny bubble. Still, the bubble iced over so much that we could actually hold it in our hands.

So, how cold is really too cold? If nothing else, we learned it's never too cold to have some fun.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WAOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Chief Engineer Russ Crass at 715-842-2251. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at