Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See snow pellet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A precipitation that forms when supercooled droplets of water condense on a snowflake.
  • n. The result of this process, a small ball of rime.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A form of soft hail or half-melted snow or sleet.

Etymologies

German Graupel, diminutive of Graupe, hulled grain, probably of Slavic origin; akin to Russian krupa, groats.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from German Graupel. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But even below that, there was the type of frozen precipitation known as graupel, which "certainly looked like real snow," said Stuart Seto, a specialist at the weather service.

    latimes.com - News

  • Actually, the only thing I could come up with was "graupel," which is sort of like hail.

    What's In A Name: The Key to Victory

  • It's not snow that's falling, it's "graupel," according to the National Weather Service.

    IndyStar.com Top Stories

  • "graupel", a German term, in which the au is pronounced like ou in "out".

    Modern Mechanix

  • Maybe graupel will freeze the garden pressed upon by many things: six people in the tub, the toy-maker's poison gluing hands to the wall, owls shooting us with Bald Martian Eyes and not flying away.

    The Awkwardtist

  • Also, according to Wikipedia, graupel "will typically fall apart when touched," and while that might make "Graupel George" a fitting nickname in the context of his previous Roubaix attempts, Hincapie really needs a nickname that's going to allude to his strengths rather than underscore his weaknesses.

    What's In A Name: The Key to Victory

  • Snow pellets or graupel are spherical white bits of ice that have a diameter less than 5 millimeters.

    Precipitation and fog

  • Today, 3, foggy, and a brief spell of (WTF!!) graupel, of all things.

    ccfinlay: I'm Dreaming Of A Wet Christmas

  • And where does the small scale information for the heating humidity, graupel, etc. come from?

    Exponential Growth in Physical Systems #2 « Climate Audit

  • They fall into three main groups — latent heat losses (through evaporation/condensation), sensible heat losses (by conduction/convection), and hydrometeor losses (from rain, snow, hail, sleet, graupel, etc.)

    USCCSP: Temperature Trends in the Lower Atmosphere « Climate Audit

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  • As Winter's a challenge in this northern clime,
    We seek in the weather a musical chime.
    Now snow may do harm
    But like sleet it has charm,
    While graupel is awful; it's cold and won't rhyme.

    February 5, 2014

  • I walked through some graupel this morning. Is "graupel" the plural form, too?

    February 2, 2010

  • Usage on dendrite.

    November 11, 2008

  • Neat!

    April 1, 2008

  • From wiki:

    Graupel (also called snow pellets) refers to precipitation that forms when supercooled droplets of water condense on a snowflake, forming a 2–5 mm ball of rime ice; the snowflake acts as a nucleus of condensation in this process. The term is derived from German Graupel meaning the same. Graupel does not include other frozen precipitation such as snow or diamond dust. The METAR code for graupel is GS.

    April 1, 2008