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Published January 23, 2013, 09:26 PM

Experiments outside show the real effects of wind chill

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We all feel it the instant we walk out the door those frigid, freezing temps. It's not often you get to SEE how cold it is outside.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We all feel it the instant we walk out the door those frigid, freezing temps.

It's not often you get to SEE how cold it is outside.

This room-temperature chicken is going to help us prove how fast the wind-chill can cool things off. We'll track it over the course of the newscast.

Now, you'd think it feels cold out. According to our experiments, it's really not that bad.

Let's start with some boiling water, pour it in a warm, metal thermos, walk it outside, give it a throw and watch, well, just steam blow away.

John Wheeler, Meteorologist: “You throw that boiling water up, and you get snow. Today, although the wind chill was miserable, the temperature wasn't cold enough for that experiment to work."

How about that phrase: "It's so hot you could cook an egg on the sidewalk."?

Well - we thought we'd try to make a frozen egg. Not that you'd ever want one.

In less than 30 minutes, frozen solid.

Then, we took this balloon outside to battle the elements. It was supposed to shrink up in cold air. But it didn't work quite as well as we expected. Basically, it just blew around.

Wheeler: "When the air molecules get really, really cold, they don't move so quickly, so they aren't pounding against the walls of the balloon so quickly. So the pressure goes down. But you didn't see much of that today because the air temp wasn't really that cold."

In the midst of all the fun experiments, a serious one that could save your life. Turning the car off, we watched the temperature drop in our vehicle from 75 degrees to less than 30 in just one hour.

Showing it's pretty important you have a survival kit in your car because it cools off inside, really fast.

Wheeler: "Nothing outside today was any colder than 3 to 4 below. Wind chill doesn't bring things down to 32 below. What it does is make things cool down to 3 to 4 below, more quickly."

Like John said, we want to test the wind chill, checking how fast the temperature drops for the next 30 minutes.

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