We've got Graupel!

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  1. SteveSS

    SteveSS Well-Known Member

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    We haven't had a thunderstorm in 7 months. It's not quite snow and not quite rain.

    Graupel (/ˈɡraʊpəl/; German: [ˈɡʁaʊpl̩]), also called soft hail, hominy snow, or snow pellets,[1] is precipitation that forms when supercooled water droplets are collected and freeze on falling snowflakes, forming 2–5 mm (0.08–0.20 in) balls of crisp, opaque rime.[2]

    Graupel is distinct from hail and ice pellets. Hail is common in thunderstorms, while graupel typically falls in winter storms, and in convective showers.[3] The METAR code for graupel is GS.
     
  2. 747mopar

    747mopar FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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    You can keep it! Trees are finally getting green here, supposed to be 80 today as well so I'm hoping the white stuff is gone for the year.
     
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    • 440Coronet500

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      Partly sunny and 80F today here in Michigan! You guy's can keep the Crapa! After I take the dog to the Vet I'm taking my car out for a ride! Enjoy 440'
       
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      No graupel here either! Was white here yesterday early with frost though. Now about 80 as well! Good day for a Harley ride! ruffcut
       
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      I'me sure we'll get some hail this summer.

      Might have already had some 2 Sundays ago.
       
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      • whyjay

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        Yup it just passed through here too. We just finished planting juniper trees this morning.
         
      • Budnicks

        Budnicks You Can Just Thank Me Later FBBO Gold Member

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        Yep we got a lil' 'corn snow' probably 24hrs before you did
        & that was gone in a couple hrs

        see ya'
        freaken' snow

        nobody calls it graupel, nobody I know anyway
        not even the anal-retentive dudes/dudettes on the weather channel,
        it's either called hail or corn snow
        (some even call it pea snow, not the yellow type)
        depending on what kind of storms
         
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        ct71rr Chad FBBO Gold Member

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        • 69a100

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          Liquid precip that freezes is called hail, that stuff on the right is called sleet!
           
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          If Graupel is so important, then why have/do weather forecasters never use the term?? And why have I never heard them use it????
           
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          It was just a weird term that stuck in my head.
           
        • Ironbuilt

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          Just because YOU never heard of it, doesn't mean that it doesn't exist.
          SHEEEEESH!!
           
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          • Mike67

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            I thought graupel was something they eat in Wisconsin...:rolleyes: or maybe Pennsylvania....???
             
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              Any precipitation thats in a frozen form is no longer welcome around me this includes but not limited to snow, sleet, ice, hail, frost, even graupel. The only ice I want to see is in my cooler along side of some cold brewski's. Good bye winter, hello spring and summer!
               
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                When & where did I ever say it didn't exist?
                 
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                Everything in meteorology is abbreviated.
                Example: (to name just a few)
                snow = SN
                rain = RA
                thunderstorms = TS
                ice pellets = PE
                freezing rain = FZRA
                Ice grains = GR

                Thus if a mixture of rain and ice pellets where forecast, it would have read RAPE, not cool or politically correct. If memory serves me correctly, it was changed to grains and pellets (GRPL), pronounced graupel. Not a real common phenomena, thus not frequently heard, plus I suspect most TV WX Men just call it snow grains or ice pellets.
                 
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