“Graupel” Recently Fell From The Sky In North Carolina
We can have some very strange weather in North Carolina. One day is sunny and 75 the next it is snowing and 30. But it’s not very often that we get “Graupel.” But it’s true, “Graupel” recently fell from the sky in North Carolina.
So what is this weird word that I keep using? It’s not really that strange. WFMY says it recently fell from the sky in some areas. But what is it?
Graupel forms when snowflakes fall toward the ground and encounter some supercooled water droplets. These droplets freeze onto the surface of the snowflakes, making some soft snow pellets that we call graupel. They resemble Dippin Dots ice cream.
So it’s not as heavy as hail or sleet. It is still a form of frozen precipitation and some areas of North Carolina got a dusting of it this week. Enjoy the “Graupel” while you can, it doesn’t last long.