We Got Graupel!

Weird weather in Chicago today. This afternoon we had very strong winds due to an incoming cold front and what I thought was hail because it was a warm 50°F, but in 3 short hours the temp dipped about 10 degrees. What i thought was hail wasn’t loud or damaging like hail..was it…could it be snow? Why Yes. Well, sort of? It’s graupel. Graupel is when there is contact between snow crystals and supercooled droplets. The droplets cling to the crystals and freeze. Sort of like snow on snow I guess. The cool part is that graupel looks like styrofoam balls which perplexed this nature lover! So sit back and enjoy this graupel in my yard. Why, it was only yesterday I was dreaming of winter!

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