People on the Internet are freaking out over the snow and not because it’s cold. It’s mainly people in the South that aren’t used to snow (I’m trying to help them find an excuse) so they have all suddenly become scientists, because they think it has to do with chemtrails and the government trying to push a climate change conspiracy, or something. There are tons of videos out there trying to disprove snow. Poor snow.
Yay science! Except they’re doing it wrong. Inforwars is running with the fake snow theory too so you know the theory is way out there.
A lot of people think the snow that has hit the Southeast was “geo-engineered,” primarily because videos surfaced online that show the snow not melting when exposed to a lighter.
One person claims, “There is some sort of geo-engineering going on across the nation, and around the world.”
In all the years I’ve lived in snowy New York city, it’s never occurred to me to take a lighter to a snow ball. I must be crazy.
WTVR Meteorologist Mike Stone explains in the video how the heat applied to the snowball is making the snow vaporize. The snow is disappearing and not melting. According to Stone, this is known as sublimation, and the US Geologic Survey defines it as “the conversion between the solid and the gaseous phases of matter, with no intermediate liquid stage.”
According to WTVR, The black marks on the snow are caused by the butane in the lighter that is released when the flame is held close to the snow. If you dropped the snow in a saucepan, the snow would melt.
If you look at the comments under the video, you’ll see that that explanation is not enough to bring skeptics on the reality bandwagon, so let’s get it over with: It’s Obama’s fault.
H/T: Mr. @ComgenKDT who you can follow on Twitter here.