graupel: haiku

Closeup of uncooked quinoa




miniature snow balls

on the windshield




snow grains


*pronounced KEEN-wah


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The image of quinoa is sourced from Pixabay.

An image of snow pellets, also known as ‘graupel’, is shown at Earth Science Picture of the Day.

7 thoughts on “graupel: haiku

  1. Ah, I just called it hail. “Graupel, which is a kind of hybrid frozen precipitation, is sometimes referred to as “snow pellets.” The National Weather Service defines graupel as small pellets of ice created when super-cooled water droplets coat, or rime, a snowflake.” Hail can be graupel size or sometimes as large as marbles. And can do damage to crops, cars and buildings.

    Graupel (German pronunciation: [ˈɡʁaʊpəl]; Enɡlish: [ˈgɹaʊpəl]), also called soft hail or snow pellets, is precipitation that forms when supercooled water droplets are collected and freeze on falling snowflakes, forming 2–5 mm (0.08–0.20 in) balls of rime. My curiosity got the better of me… I had wondered if graupel was an Alaskan Native Peoples word. Amazing how much info there is on graupel! Thanks for teaching me something new.

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