graupel was our Word of the Day on 01/17/2012. Hear the podcast!
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Stellar fit and weather protection make these our four favorite top layers Whether it’s sleet, graupel, drizzle, or downpour, soggy comes in many flavors.
What starts in the clouds as snow can fall as sleet, rain, freezing rain, or even graupel (snowflakes pocked with rime ice).
Tiny pellets of ice, called graupel, may shower down during intense burst of snow, but a few hailstones of pea or even dime size could occur in the most intense thundersnow.
The answer: a mix of hail and graupel , Kurth said.
Closer to home, a couple quick spritzes of graupel and snowflakes have been happening.
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Did You Know?
The word graupel is Germanic in origin; it is the diminutive of Graupe, meaning "pearl barley." According to etymologists, there does seem to be a grain of truth in the assumption that the word grew from the Slavic word krupa, which has the same meaning. Graupel was first seen in an 1889 weather report and has been whirling around in the meteorology field ever since to describe "pellets of snow" or "soft hail" (the latter phrase is an actual synonym of graupel).
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