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Grappling with Graupel

I am not very sure when you will be able to! Usethis.

A World Apart

Friday, April 8th 2022, 9:18 pm – Southern Ontario was hit with multiple rounds of what appeared to be hail this week, but it has a whole other name for it. So sayeth the wise ones at our meteorological centre.

It seems the old if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck and quacks like a duck then it is a duck, doesn’t work here. What looks, feels, and even sounds like hail isn’t actually hail. It’s graupel.

We are told, ‘Over the past few days, a stormy pattern set up across southern Ontario, with isolated showers and thundershowers in some locales. Among the storm reports were photos and videos of ice, something that resembled hail. In reality, what you saw was actually graupel. 

In meteorological terms, a pesky, closed upper-level low stalled out over the region. This brought cold air aloft down to the surface…

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