Watch what happens when you throw boiling water over a balcony at 41 degrees below zero

Usually extreme cold weather is best endured with thermal underwear and plenty of hot chocolate. But when faced with 41 below zero on a recent afternoon, Russian YouTube user LifeHackerTV found a more productive way to pass the time: science experiments.

With two cameras—one set from above and one below—the man climbed out his window and tossed a freshly boiled pot of water off his balcony into the frigid air. What happened? Something like a vertical cloud of snow and frost formed in the air and started blowing down the street. It’s pretty amazing to see—watch below.