It's Not Snow, It's Not Hail, What is it?

November 13, 2011 Updated Oct 17, 2013 at 4:23 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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It's Not Snow, It's Not Hail, What is it?

November 13, 2011 Updated Oct 17, 2013 at 4:23 AM EDT

Hamburg, NY (WKBW)

Not sure exactly what was falling from the sky in the Southtowns on Friday? They look like "Dippin Dots" you'd get at a Sabres Game! The EWN web team found out what this frozen pellet-like precipitation is really called.

Graupel. It was coating driveways and lawns around the Southtowns this past Friday. Here's a description of what Graupel really is.

"Graupel is not to be confused with Hail or Ice pellets.
Graupel (also called soft hail or snow pellets; refers to precipitation that forms when supercooled droplets of water are collected and freeze on a falling snowflake, forming a 2–5 mm ball of rime. The term graupel is the German word for this meteorological phenomenon. Graupel is sometimes referred to as small hail, although the World Meteorological Organization defines small hail as snow pellets encapsulated by ice, a precipitation halfway between graupel and hail."

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