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I'm just shocked at how many people say that this is completely normal. Soot from a lighter, really?
Did someone just randomly become curious about snow in the year 2014? Or perhaps, just perhaps.... there is actually something different about the snow in 2014, that people have noticed and are now telling the world, hey, theres something different with the snow this year.
But don't question it, it's normal, move along.
Well, I just tried it. I'm in NW Ohio, by the way. It did just what the video showed. I packed into a snowball and burnt it with a lighter. No melting that i could tell. Turned black and stunk like chemical. Not sure how or why, perhaps that posted info about thermodynamics is correct. I don't know enough about it to explain it, just that I burnt a snowball and it turned black.
I wasn't denying that lighters have carbon... However, snow is ice, and ice turns into water. Which means, snow does not turn black when exposed to heat, it either evaporates, or it melts into a puddle. You don't see charred snow... The snow would melt instantly when exposed to a flame. Yet in none of the videos, do we see it melting or dripping. We instead, see it turn black. It is not caused from the lighter, simply because, the snow would melt long before soot would appear. It may be in the water, but it wouldn't be on the snow itself.