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Conspiracy Theories Spreading of ‘Fake Snow’ and ‘Burning Snow Flakes’


It seems there is a conspiracy for every topic or event in politics these days. But what happens when one comes along that you don’t have an answer for?

That may be the case with instances of “fake snow”, “burning snow flakes” and even “snow that won’t melt,” which are popping up all over the United States.

This latest wave of extreme cold and snow – even sweeping the American South – has a lot of people scratching their heads. But even stranger than the “Polar Vortex” storms, is the type of snow that some are claiming will not burn. People who apparently have no connection to one another are documenting strange snow that alternatively won’t melt, or chars upon being lit.

We have collected some of these reports from YouTube, and present them below without judgment for or against. “There’s got to be a reasonable explanation”, our inner voice of reason tells us. If so, watch the video and help spread the word so that experts who know that reasonable explanation can weigh in. If this is a natural phenomenon, then let’s find out what that phenomenon is.

If it’s a result of natural phenomenon then we also need to find out what the cause is. The U.S. Government’s has been used by some to explain the phenomenon as follows:

Sublimation is the conversion between the solid and the gaseous phases of matter, with no intermediate liquid stage. For those of us interested in the water cycle, sublimation is most often used to describe the process of snow and ice changing into water vapor in the air without first melting into water. The opposite of sublimation is “deposition”, where water vapor changes directly into ice—such a snowflakes and frost.

It is not easy to actually see sublimation occuring, at least not with ice. One way to see the results of sublimation is to hang a wet shirt outside on a below-freezing day. Eventually the ice in the shirt will disappear. Actually, the best way to visualize sublimation is to not use water at all, but to use carbon dioxide instead. If you don’t know what I mean, then look at this picture of dry ice. “Dry ice” is actually solid, frozen carbon dioxide, which happens to sublimate, or turn to gas, at a chilly -78.5 °C (-109.3°F). The fog you see is actually a mixture of cold carbon dioxide gas and cold, humid air, created as the dry ice “melts” … oops, I mean sublimates.

But critics are not convinced, commenting that this refers to very different behavior and temperatures. Watch the videos below and let us know what you think…

See more examples in the videos below…

Metabunk came up with a response that does account for some, but not all of the anecdotes documented in these sorts of videos. While their explanation didn’t account for all of what people are recording, at least they admitted that it’s not sublimation, which was the big “explanation” going around.
If you have snow where you live, what happens when you try to burn it?

(Article by James Achisa; image screen captures via YouTube)

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