Thursday, June 29, 2017

Magic Water Chain

[From Craig]  We're here in Valdez Thursday evening, where it has been drizzling much of the day.  I'm walking toward the back of the coach, when I notice this remarkable chain of water droplets on one of the windows:

A couple of days ago I washed the outside of this window, the final wash being with Windex.  I've never seen a chain of droplets quite like this, and I call Merikay over.  She agrees it's weird, and we watch it for a couple of minutes.  

Having always had a better understanding of things we see than I do, she says that water is flowing down through the chain as we watch.  From the inside, I can't see enough to agree...

So Merikay goes outside and captures this image:

It shows pretty obviously that she's right, and that water is coming into the chain from above and draining out the bottom.

Have any readers ever seen such a chain of droplets?  Can you guess what caused this effect?


  1. That is too cool, never seen anything like this before.

  2. That is Amazing! I've never seen anything like that and the fact hat it continues to hold its form even though the water is still flowing makes it that much more unique.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  3. Has to be a surface tension effect of some kind, but the physics are beyond me!

  4. Very interesting. It's the little things in life that really need to get our attention.


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