The Science Behind Turning Boiling Water Into "Snow" on a Frigid Day

Every winter, one of the coolest trends to circulate around the web is courtesy of unfortunate, bored souls stuck in the northern tundra with nothing better to do than throw cups of boiling water into the air. Once the water leaves the cup, it immediately turns into "snow." Let's take a look at how and why that… » 1/12/15 2:05am 1/12/15 2:05am

Here's What You Need to Know About This Week's Dangerous Cold Snap

The coldest air of the winter is draining into the United States, and holy crap it's cold. Temperatures in much of the north are struggling to climb into the single digits today, while Boston and the NYC suburbs will flirt with lows near zero on Thursday morning. Here's what you need to know to survive the deep freeze. » 1/06/15 1:10am 1/06/15 1:10am

California just had its warmest winter on record

California just had its warmest winter since record keeping began 119 years ago, according to newly published NOAA data. Meanwhile, the midwest is recovering from one of its top-ten coldest seasons ever. The jury's still out on the role of climate change in both regions' wintertide weirdness. Tim McDonnel has details… » 3/13/14 2:40pm 3/13/14 2:40pm

Sorry conspiracy theorists, but the snow in Atlanta was real.

A conspiracy theory is floating around that someone other than Mother Nature is responsible for Atlanta's latest snowfall, spurred on by clips of people burning snowballs black. This video, using a lighter and some snow, explains why they're wrong — and explores the phenomenon of "snow that doesn't melt." » 2/03/14 7:00pm 2/03/14 7:00pm

Not chilly enough yet? Here are some of the world's coldest settlements

The polar vortex has brought record-breaking temperatures to the US and Canada, but in some parts of the world, people regularly live with frigid temperatures that make 0°C look rather balmy. Here are some currently and formerly inhabited spots where a good coat and a set of longjohns are essential to life. » 1/13/14 3:00pm 1/13/14 3:00pm

Luminous time-lapse celebrates death and life in a record-cold winter

Paul Klaver's simply titled film Winter mixes time-lapse and real-time footage to evoke the chill of one of the coldest recorded winters Holland has ever seen. Sit back, turn up your speakers, and meditate on the beauty of ice forming, sunlight dancing over the snow, and even the bodies of creatures who didn't… » 12/15/13 4:00pm 12/15/13 4:00pm