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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sugar snow days

I always called it Sugar Snow, tiny snow balls that lightly fall from the sky occasionally during the winter. But I guess that's just what our family calls it. Wikipedia calls it graupel, soft snow pellets. It is precipitation that forms when supercooled droplets of water are collected and freeze on falling snowflakes, forming 0.08–0.20 inches balls of rime (white ice). The term graupel comes from the German language.

It is different from Hail which are smaller and translucent, hailstones that consist mostly of water ice and measure between 0.2 - 6 inches in diameter.

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