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Teabag rocket

Understand more about weather systems such as hurricanes, by watching this practical demonstration using a teabag, matches and a heatproof tile.

Many weather systems, including land and sea breeze and hurricanes, are the result of hot air rising. To illustrate, Sylvia shows you a simple practical demonstration using a teabag, matches and a heatproof tile that you can try for yourself at home.

If you’d like to complete this experiment, please be aware of the potential fire risk and take care when using the matches. We recommend you complete the experiment well away from flammable materials, within a room with a high ceiling.

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Come Rain or Shine: Understanding the Weather

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