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Precipitation consisting of snow pellets.

[German Graupel, diminutive of Graupe, hulled grain, probably of Slavic origin; akin to Russian krupa, groats.]
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(Physical Geography) soft hail or snow pellets
[German, from Graupe, probably from Serbo-Croat krupa; related to Russian krupá peeled grain]
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The inrush of warm air gives way to downdrafts laden with precipitation, which can often contain ice, graupel and hail.
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Although the temperature hovered between 1 and 2 degrees last night, Hehuanshan only saw graupel, which later turned into rain.
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Deep in the earth, the protagonist goes through an erotic therapy conducted by "Gotthard nurses," leading to an outburst of suppressed feelings: "That was it for me, and I cried nothing but water, the onset of a thawing of rigid graupel granuloma stemming from my mother's coldness" (Burger 1982: 222).
There is also something meteorologists call "graupel." These are small ice pellets similar to sleet, but they start out frozen rather than liquid.
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It was a thing called graupel - a soft kind of hail which forms when microscopic snowflakes get covered in supercooled water particles, which themselves then freeze to form these very soft balls of ice which people confuse with snow.
Some of the sleet and snow fell as graupel - a very unusual type of snow.