If you’ve ever been caught in the middle of a hailstorm, then you know how much damage it can do. Hail can ruin the exterior of homes, vehicles, and more. Hail is defined as any piece of frozen precipitation that has a diameter of at least 5 millimeters, and it forms when raindrops pass through very cold parts of the atmosphere and freeze.
There are some other types of frozen precipitation that are often confused for hail. Take a look at them below.
Graupel, which is also sometimes called soft hail or snow pellets, is very similar to hail. You will often find graupel falling during snowstorms. Graupel forms when very cold droplets of water freeze around the outside of a snowflake. These soft pellets of ice then fall to the earth and can look and feel like hail. They don’t usually do as much damage as hail, though, even though they appear to be one and the same.
Much like hail, sleet, also called ice pellets at times, are tiny and translucent pieces of ice. While they might look like hail to the naked eye, they’re actually a lot smaller than hail. You can usually tell the difference between hail and sleet by watching what happens when they hit the ground. Sleet tends to bounce high off the ground when they hit it because of their size.
Most people know the difference between hail and snow when they see it, but it’s worth pointing out that they are from the same family. Snow takes it shape when water vapor transforms into ice prior to turning into a liquid. If the water vapor were to become a liquid first, it would have more of a chance of turning into hail rather than snow.
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