Saturday, March 7, 2009

Do you know your different precipitations?

I think that right now it is sleeting in Seattle.
  • Freezing Rain:  supercooled raindrops that freeze instantly when they hit the ground or other objects
  • Hail:  snow and rain in the upper atmosphere mix due to updrafts and accumulate into large pellets that fall to earth when the updraft can't support their weight
  • Sleet:  Partially-melted snow that freezes again on the way down and falls as visible pellets.

Precipitation: hail, rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow

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