Term: Graupel Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: Snowflakes that become rounded pellets due to riming; typical sizes are 2 to 5 millimeters in diameter (0.1 to 0.2 inch); graupel is sometimes mistaken for hail.  NSIDCCryosphere 

Same as snow pellets or small hail.  NOAA-NWS 

Heavily rimed snow particles, often called snow pellets; often indistinguishable from very small soft hail except for the size convention that hail must have a diameter greater than 5 mm. Sometimes distinguished by shape into conical, hexagonal, and lump (irregular) graupel.  AMSglossary 

A type of precipitation that consists of a snow crystal and a raindrop frozen together. Also called snow pellets.  PhysicalGeography