In a viral video, conspiracy theorists from Texas show how the snow did not melt when it was placed in front of a kitchen lighter rather, it was blackened. This led to claims that the snow was fake. However, the news was later debunked by a simple experiment.
Recently, social media was flooded with videos from conspiracy theorists claiming the winter storm in Texas is "fake" as the snow "doesn't melt".
Many parts of the US have had had to contend with the winter storm, which started last week. Texas, of which Republican Greg Abbot is governor, appears to have fared the worst of Winter Storm Uri. This is the first time in 10 years that Texans saw snow.
According to a recent report by NBC News, on the morning after the storm 10 million Texas residents woke up without safe drinking water. As a result, the government is trying to provide bottled water to help struggling residents. As per the outlet, up to 3.5 million bottles of water had been distributed via helicopter, airplane, and truck across Texas. The storm has also led to a huge spike in electricity bills for Texans.
Special rice snow flakes from China. FAKE WEATHER FAKE SNOW pic.twitter.com/8vqORGfuFa— Lasella (@Lasella73) February 21, 2021
The lack of protocol in place for an unprecedented time like this led to the deaths of 58 people due to the conditions. Yet netizens are claiming that the snow supposedly "doesn't melt".
One woman posted a video in which she holds a cigarette lighter to what appears to be a snowball in her bathroom sink, claiming that it doesn't melt at all. However, the video appears to have since been deleted.
People in Texas saying their snow isn’t real got me ready to go look myself.— Trish (@TrudyxHuxtable) February 16, 2021
She captioned it,
“This goes out to our government and Bill Gates. Thank you Bill Gates for trying to f***ing trick us that this is real snow. You’ll see it’s not melting and it’s going to burn. Snow don’t burn. Snow f***ing melts. No water, no dripping, no nothing. If I put this s*** in the microwave, it’s going to start sparking because there’s metal mixed in it.”
In another video a person produces a snowball from her lawn and holds it over a tealight candle, and also concludes that it doesn't melt.
However, this news was than disregarded by a simple experiment. Here’s what you need to do.
1. Grab some snow and make some snowballs.
2. Put the snowball over the flame and you will see what you saw in the online videos: blackening of the snowball.
3. Put the drinking glass over the flames for a few seconds.
4. Remove flame from glass and wipe off black soot.
This texas snow is not melting next to a lighter....................— Lovelace (@lowkeylovelace) February 17, 2021
The snow is not burning. The blackening you see is soot on the side of the snowball. Fuel from the lighters have imperfect combustion and produce soot that deposits on the snow which is why the regular drinking glass has soot on the side of the glass, similar to the snowball.
As far as the snow melting is concerned, it does not drip because it’s absorbed by the rest of the snow because there is only a small portion under direct heat. When less heat is applied with hands to the entire snowball, it melts.