What was Falling over Newfoundland Saturday?

Posted by on Saturday, September 26, 2015

Many people in Newfoundland took to social media on Saturday to share status updates and photos of graupel.

Some made the mistake of saying it was hail. But nope it was the lesser known term graupel. Some areas say flurries also.

Graupel is precipitation that forms when supercooled droplets of water are collected and freeze on a falling snowflake, forming a 2–5 mm ball of rime. It differs from snow because snow is composed of small ice particles, it is a granular material.

And there is no way that it can be hail because hail only falls during a thunderstorm.

The Team

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