How do we see our breath in the air?

This time of year, it's a common occurrence, something so common that we might not even wonder about it anymore. But really, why do we see our breath in the air when it's cold? We see steam from cooking things and boiling water, but our breath isn't that hot, so why do we see it? What does temperature have to do with it? Let's find out.

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This time of year, it's a common occurrence, something so common that we might not even wonder about it anymore. But really, why do we see our breath in the air when it's cold? We see steam from cooking things and boiling water, but our breath isn't that hot, so why do we see it? What does temperature have to do with it? Let's find out.

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References from this episode
  1.  https://www.childrensmuseum.org/blog/why-can-i-see-my-breath-when-it%E2%80%99s-cold
  2. https://helix.northwestern.edu/blog/2017/03/how-be-dragon-or-why-can-i-see-my-breath-winter
  3. https://www.wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/2013/12/13/how-can-there-be-clouds-in-winter-when-it-is-too-cold-for-water-to-stay-a-vapor/
  4. https://www.weather.gov/arx/why_dewpoint_vs_humidity
  5. https://www.loc.gov/everyday-mysteries/item/why-do-i-see-my-breath-when-its-cold-outside/#:~:text=Cold%20air%20causes%20the%20warm,like%20a%20small%2C%20misty%20cloud.&text=It%20is%20this%20liquid%20form,when%20breathing%20in%20cold%20weather







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