Water’s Frozen Physics


Physics 101 teaches that heat causes expansion, cold contraction. Thus, hot air is less dense than cold air and rises, while cold air sinks.

Not water . . . this indispensable renegade of physics possesses the unique property of being denser in liquid form than in solid, so ice floats . . . Good thing! . . . otherwise bodies of water would freeze from the bottom up eradicating the sport of ice fishing, and necessitating scuba gear to go ice skating ๐Ÿ˜Š

But . . . why do hot water pipes freeze before cold water pipes?  . . . merely to aggravate homeowners and boost the respect, and income, of plumbers?

Physics 102 explains this frustrating wintertime phenomenon . . . the higher the temperature the more difficult it is for ice crystals to form, causing the water in hot water pipes to super-cool below 32 degrees and freeze faster than in cold water pipes.

Guess whose hot water pipes froze during the recent frigid blast? . . . Congratulations! . . . you just aced Clairvoyant 101 ๐Ÿ˜Š

The good news . . . opening doors under the sink; letting spigots drip; and a couple of strategically placed space heaters gratefully alleviated the problem . . . Hooray! . . . definitely preferable to being consigned to a regimen of ice-cold showers ๐Ÿ˜Š

Hereโ€™s a โ€˜nice iceโ€™ pic taken in the creek outside where it belongs and can freeze away! Stay warm, and

Keep Looking Up . . . His Best is Yet to Come!

8 thoughts on “Water’s Frozen Physics

  1. Thanks Damola . . .we’re back flowing without any busted pipes . . . PTL!

    All the best to you and yours for all His best in the New Year.

    Keep Looking Up . . . His Best is Yet to Come!

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  2. Yet another one of our Abba’s ‘divine coincidences’ that sustains life on our planet brother.
    All the best for all His best to you and yours in the New Year Gary.

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  3. I am amazed every winter by the ice freezing on top of the lake and staying there while we walk and drive on it. A few inches hanging together and liquid form holding it up. Ice cold picture!

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  4. Interesting! Always learning new things from my older brother and hoping and praying that I have your clarity of mind like you as I advance in years!

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