Perfect spheres for snow?

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By formanek on Wednesday, January 09, 2008 - 10:21 am: Edit Post

Yesterday here in Wadena, MN I went home to scrape off the rink as we got a whopping 1/10th of an inch of snow and fournd something I have NEVER seen.

The "Snow" was perfect spheres of different sizes. Exactly like that dipping dots ice cream. Wouldn't pack and just rolled as I scraped/shoveled it off the rink. Was that more sleet than snow?


By pseudonymous on Wednesday, January 09, 2008 - 11:25 am: Edit Post

Did it look like this?
What flavor?


By admin on Wednesday, January 09, 2008 - 12:25 pm: Edit Post

Jim-

Those were snow pellets or graupel.

They are formed when a snowflake falls through a layer of warm air that melts the edges of the flake. Before it can melt completely, it falls through a layer of air that stops the melting and you end up with a rounded snow flake.

-John


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