Experiencing the coldest day in decades

TechNews Writer
Mon Feb 04, 2019

As predicted, Chicago weather reached its new low on Wednesday, January 30. To be more precise, 24 degrees below zero, Fahrenheit, was the temperature scale that read when everyone woke up in the morning, the chilliest that everyone has encountered until now. The weather alert was a respite for all the students who were struggling to keep up with the ever-increasing chill that Chicago weather had to offer. But that did not deter all the students from coming out and experiencing the bright side of the cold weather.

For starters, it was a really great initiative by Illinois Tech Culinary and Hospitality Services to organize, for everyone, free coffee and hot chocolate with marshmallows for the entire day. The MTCC was the only place that was open, along with the Commons and the 7-Eleven store. The rest of the university was closed on account of bad weather conditions. The Commons went one step ahead with the food that was served those days. An interesting recipe caught everyone’s eye, and very soon it was seen on each and every table. As the lectures were canceled for the day, games and movies were being played in the Commons. It was a great initiative by the team to keep the students' spirits up on otherwise dull days.

Another interesting aspect of this weather was that the sun was shining like any other day, and the basic thought that first comes to your mind that the sun would cancel the cold and the chill effect. But surprisingly, there was no effect from the sun despite it being a clear day with no clouds in the sky. The wind chill could be felt by everyone, despite the layers and layers of covering.

But the highlight of the day, which became a fad amongst all, was that everyone became a scientist and started experimenting with hot water and other liquids. So, here’s the scene: get some boiling water, go out in the snow, and pour the water in the air. The magic: hot water turned directly into vapor. Miracle? Nope, pure science. That’s why the mention of a scientist. Be it on any social media, the hot water experiment went viral everywhere. But when we tried it for ourselves, it was really a great experience. Going out in the snow in the sun (whose effect was negligible), carrying hot water in a bottle, and recording the water being thrown out in slow motion was a pretty sight.

The next thing we wanted to experiment was with bubbles. Since we did not have a ready-mix to blow the bubbles, the next alternate option we had was to make the soap solution from scratch. We tried using dishwashing mix as well as the detergent to make a soap solution. The only hope we could see was every-time we tried to blow the bubble using the straw, only a single bubble was blown. But we went ahead with the solutions and started the experiment in the cold outside. It was a complete fiasco since it was so windy, we could hardly blow a bubble. The next thing we tried was to see what happened to the bubble if we blow it on ice. Once again, it was the wind that did not allow us to make the bubbles.

Disappointed and tired, we came back to our dorms and decided that it was enough for today. And by this, I mean, that administration had canceled the lectures set up for Thursday, January 31 owing to the weather conditions and ongoing transportation issues. So, we had another day to explore. We don’t know what and how the weather would be for the next day but certainly a little better than today, or would it be worse? Only time would tell.




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2019 - Spring - Issue 2