Update at the Bottom:
Like so many, you may be spending your third snow day in front of Facebook and trying to stay warm during the 'Snowmagedon', you may have noticed videos popping up left and right showing what is being purported to be 'chemical snow', 'fake snow', or 'geoengineered snow'. These videos show people 'buring' snow with a regular old Bic lighter, and as the videos claim, the snow doesn't melt but gets black and has a chemical smell.
One such video has showed up from the Myrtle Beach area.
Ahem, no. It's not a big conspiracy, or the Government trying to push a climate change agenda, or due to airplane chem-trails.
In this MetaBunk.org post, the author explains the science and the reason as to why the black is happening and why it's 'not melting'.
"So what these videos are demonstrating is little more than the fact that using a lighter is not a very good way of melting snow. But it does melt. If you just left it there you'd get a puddle. If you kept melting it with the lighter it would eventually stop transitioning to slush, and start pooling water. Same thing with the blowtorch, just quicker. And you could really speed up the process by putting it in a microwave."
"Because the lighter in this case is being held under the snow, the snow gets a coating of soot. If you put a lighter under anything, you'll get soot on that thing [...] So what's going on with these videos? One possibility is that it just a hoax - someone might have made it as a joke, the other people followed suit. But it's quite possible that the makers of these videos actually believe what they are saying. It's possible that the recent cold weather has brought snow to places that do not normally have it, and these people are simply are unfamiliar with the properties of snow, and how it melts."
So, just stop it Internet.
You know it's a great false flag thing when InfoWars wants to get some chemical analysis on the snow in Atlanta...Anyway, the term for what is happening is called Sublimation
Sublimation is the conversion between the solid and the gaseous phases of matter, with no intermediate liquid stage. For those of us interested in the water cycle, sublimation is most often used to describe the process of snow and ice changing into water vapor in the air without first melting into water. The opposite of sublimation is "deposition", where water vapor changes directly into ice—such a snowflakes and frost.
It is not easy to actually see sublimation occuring, at least not with ice. One way to see the results of sublimation is to hang a wet shirt outside on a below-freezing day. Eventually the ice in the shirt will disappear. Actually, the best way to visualize sublimation is to not use water at all, but to use carbon dioxide instead. If you don't know what I mean, then look at this picture of dry ice. "Dry ice" is actually solid, frozen carbon dioxide, which happens to sublimate, or turn to gas, at a chilly -78.5 °C (-109.3°F). The fog you see is actually a mixture of cold carbon dioxide gas and cold, humid air, created as the dry ice "melts" ... oops, I mean sublimates.
Anyway, still Internet, STAWP! Don't you have better things to be doing? Like more memes or making fun of Justin Bieber?