Reverse Water Spout Weather Science Experiment
In this fun and easy science experiment, we’re going to explore and investigate weather by creating a reverse weather spout.
- Drinking glass
- Paper towels
- Twist two paper towels together.
- Fill the glass with water.
- Bend the twisted paper towel in the middle and place one end in the glass and the other in the bowl.
- Observe as your paper towel wicks water from the glass, up and over the rim, and into the bowl.
How it Works:
In this fun and easy experiment, we used capillary action to move water up and out of the glass and into the bowl. We call this experiment a reverse water spout because contrary to popular belief a water spout does not suck up water. The water that is observable in the main funnel cloud of a water spout is actually water droplets formed through condensation.
Make This A Science Project:
Line up several cups and see if the capillary action continues across multiple vessels. Add salt to the water and see if this slows or speeds up the capillary action. Try different temperatures of water.