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Graupel

Graupel (German pronunciation: [ˈɡʁaʊpəl]; English: /ˈɡrpəl/), also called soft hail or snow pellets, is precipitation that forms when supercooled water droplets are collected and freeze on falling snowflakes, forming balls of rime. The term graupel comes from the German language.

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White opaque ice with diameter of 2 to 5 mm. Brittle, crunchy, and bounce or break upon hitting a hard surface. Form by ice crystals sticking together or by accretion.

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