Have you ever felt your nose hairs freeze? Many of us in the midwest and northeast regions of the United States are getting the chance this winter as severe cold weather has created some dangerous (as well as nasally weird) conditions. So, whether you’re stuck inside today because you could get frostbite after 5 minutes or you’re smugly observing the polar vortex from somewhere warm, check out our list of interesting reads about the science of winter weather.
- Polar Vortex: The Science Behind the Cold by Josie Garthwaite on Stanford Earth
- How frigid polar vortex blasts are connected to global warming by Jennifer Francis on The Conversation
- Why Does Snow “Squeak” When Stepped On? by Jim Nash in Scientific American
- The Science of Snow by Nicholas Niemuth on Sustainable Nano (en español aqui)
- Frozen Bubbles, Instant Ice, and Other Winter Weather Stunts Explained by Angie McPherson & Brian Clark Howard at National Geographic
- Why Does Cold Weather Drain Your Phone Battery? by Rafi Letzter on Live Science
- A Closer Look at the Polar Vortex’s Dangerously Cold Winds – by Jeremy White, Karthik Patanjali, Ben Wilhelm, Yuliya Parshina-Kottas, & Evan Grothjan at New York Times Science
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find a good scientific discussion about the sensation of frozen nose hairs. Researchers, get to work!