Hail? Snow? Rain? What did we see on Saturday?

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

WEST MICHIGAN-- A few pictures came into the newsroom Saturday of what appeared to be hail. The pebbly white icy dots that hit areas of Michigan like, Holland, Hudsonville and Muskegon is actually graupel.

Graupel looks like hail, but it's a little softer and forms differently. Graupel forms when a cloud produces snow, that snow then hits an area of very cold water droplets that stick to the snowflake. The result is a small icy pellet that looks like Styrofoam or Dippin Dot ice cream. Graupel is white in color.

Hail looks more icy, it's mostly clear. It also forms differently. Hail forms during thunderstorms and is ice from the cloud to the ground. It does not change the way graupel does.

FOX 17 Viewer Arthur Markus sent in this photo from Walker: Arthur Markus


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.