Ice and Snow
Yesterday September 18th we had ice in the puddles! I was up at 5:00 a.m. walking the dogs like all work days. We had stellar northern lights the last few nights. I heard there was a large magnetic storm thus the great lights. Talk about being lucky as I can look right out our bedroom window and often watch the lights. I love seeing them dance and shimmer across the northern night sky.
This morning the official first sighting of snow for me this year is September 19th. We have groppel or graupel.
For those of you not familiar with this term here you go:
(also soft hail), a solid type of atmospheric precipitation in the form of opaque, white, frosted spherical pellets with a diameter of 2–5 mm. Graupel particles, in contrast to snowflakes, do not have a discernible crystalline form. They are created by coagulation processes (seeCOAGULATION OF CLOUD ELEMENTS) as snow crystals pass through clouds containing supercooled drops of water. Upon collision, the drops settle on the crystals and form snowlike pellets. Graupel generally falls when the air temperature is approximately 0°C.