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Temperatures at the Mount Washington Observatory are -31 degrees. That's cold enough to turn boiling water to ice, instantly! USA TODAY

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Temperatures are currently in the single digits across central Iowa with some slight warmth in the days ahead.

Earlier this week, however, it got as low as -25 degrees during a period of below-zero weather in the state. Additionally, at one point, Iowa was the coldest spot in the Midwest, according to the National Weather Service.

So how did some Iowans, along with thousands across the country also experiencing the chill, have fun? Boil water and throw it into the freezing air.

Here's what happens:

Baby it's cold outside.

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So how is this possible? Science, of course. 

Mark Seeley, a climatologist at the University of Minnesota, told LiveScience.com during an interview in 2011 that "when it's cold outside, there's hardly any water vapor present in the air, whereas boiling water emits vapor very readily — that's why it's steaming." 

"When you throw the water up in the air, it breaks into much smaller droplets, so there's even more surface for water vapor to come off of," Seeley said. "Now, cold air is very dense, and this makes its capacity to hold water vapor molecules very low. There's just fundamentally less space for the vapor molecules."

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The process is called the Mpemba effect, where warmer water freezes faster than cold. Seeley added how "you have to have a huge temperature gradient to see this effect."

If you try this experiment on your own, it is important to do so with caution. Water that doesn't evaporate won't instantly cool down, resulting in serious burns if it comes in contact with skin. You should also be aware of your surroundings and cognizant of the wind direction.

For those who don't want to handle steaming-hot water but still want to experiment, you can freeze a bubble and watch what happens:

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