Snow in the valley

Hold on, wait a minute! Your citrus in the Texas Valley is safe for now. But what about here in North Texas overnight?

When we went to take Gracie for her morning walk today, we looked up. Snow in the valley of our roof. The weather forecasters got it right!

Edgar’s childhood home had a bit! For those of you that are new to the blog, check out this post, “Ready, set, gone!” to learn about Edgar.

The Ganoderma fungus had some!

A close view. As you can see once I was able to examine the “snow” up close, I could see it was not snow flakes. The white stuff was graupel! “Graupel are soft, small pellets formed when supercooled water droplets (at a temperature below 32°F) freeze onto a snow crystal, a process called riming. If the riming is particularly intense, the rimed snow crystal can grow to an appreciable size, but remain less than 0.2 inches. Graupel is also called snow pellets or soft hail, as the graupel particles are particularly fragile and generally disintegrate when handled.” (Severe Weather 101)

Graupel on the old tire from the girls’ swing.

Close view!

A bit nestled in the a Greenbriar leaf!

More in another leaf on the Greenbriar!

Last find of graupel was in the center of the Arkansas Yucca!

Our low was 32 degrees this morning.

Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know


    1. I was pleased when I discovered the word about 10 years ago. We had enough graupel to cover the ground completely then.

  1. My neighbor said she saw “sleet” falling around midnight that night. I was long asleep by then and we didn’t have any left to see by morning. We probably stayed a bit warmer here than you.

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