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Water Bubbles Freezing In The Air


The coldest temperatures measured in the last three years on the mountain allowed the summit crew to have a little fun. After some trial and error, a solution of dish soap, sugar, and water was found to create bubbles that would freeze before hitting the ground. With air temperatures outside around 33 below zero, and winds at nearly hurricane force, the "experiment" was attempted in several different sheltered locations at the Sherman Adams State Park Building where temperatures were a few degrees warmer.

Water Create Bubbles And Freezing In Mid-Air
One of the locations was warm enough that one could actually see the bubbles crystallizing, while the second location was several degrees colder, and the bubbles froze almost immediately. Mount Washington Observatory is a nonprofit, membership-supported research and educational institution with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create Earth's weather and climate.

Recipe for the bubble solution is as follows:
- 3 Teaspoons Dawn dish soap
- 1/2-1 Teaspoon Sugar
- 1-2 Teaspoons of hot water
- Mix gently so as not to make bubbles in the solution

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