How cold is it?
Antarctica is the coldest continent on earth. The farther from the coast one goes the higher and colder it becomes. In most coastal regions the mean annual temperature is around −12°C, at 1000 metres −20°C, and in the highest parts near 4000 m it falls to −60°C. The lowest surface temperature ever recorded in nature was −89°C at the Russian Vostok station, within the Australian Antarctic Territory.
The video shows the unusual effect of throwing boiling water into the air when the temperature is below about −25°C. Because of the cold dry Antarctic air and the increased surface area of the boiling water droplets when thrown, the water evaporates and then forms a mist of ice and supercooled water droplets.
Boiling to freezing in seconds at Mawson station!
“Come on outside.
I've got here, freshly boiled water … and extreme cold.
If I throw this up into the air, the water won't hit the ground. It will come out as ice crystals. Watch carefully…
All of it actually froze, before the water hit the ground.
Minus 28 out here. It's fresh! I'm going back inside.”