Make Your Own Rain
You will need: Soup ladle, kettle.
Did you ever realize what a simple matter it is
to produce rain in your own kitchen ?
Take a kettle of water and
bring it to a boil. Once the kettle has been heated sufficiently you will
notice vapor coming from the spout, indicating that the water inside is
boiling. Often, we mistakenly refer to this as 'steam,' but it cannot be
because real steam is invisible.
It is, in fact, water vapor
and if you study it carefully you will notice that the vapor does not appear to
issue directly from the spout. There is a short distance between the end of the
spout and the point where the vapor can first be seen. This seemingly 'empty'
area is where the actual steam is invisibly leaving the kettle. It quickly
cools upon contact with the outside air and becomes the water vapor which we
Water vapor is contained in
the clouds which produce our rain. The sun evaporates water from the sea, lakes
and rivers, and causes clouds to form. When the clouds are sufficiently cooled
they become water again and fall back to earth in the shape of rain (or snow).
You can turn the water
vapor from the boiling kettle back into water, simply by cooling it. Allow a
soup ladle to stand in cold water until it is thoroughly chilled. Dry the ladle
so that no water remains upon it.
Hold the ladle carefully by
its handle and arrange the metal bowl of the ladle to come into contact with
the stream of water vapor issuing from the kettle. Within a few seconds the
vapor will condense on the cold metal and drops of water will fall from the end
of the ladle. This is rain.