Sleet or Graupel

Graupel “Soft Hail”

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Graupel (German pronunciation: [ˈɡʁaʊpəl]; Enɡlish: [ˈgɹaʊpəl]), also called soft hail or snow pellets, is precipitation that forms when supercooled water droplets are collected and freeze on falling snowflakes, forming 2–5 mm (0.08–0.20 in) balls of rime.

Graupel is distinct from hail, small hail, and ice pellets: the World Meteorological Organization (https://public.wmo.int/en)defines small hail as snow pellets encapsulated by ice, a precipitation halfway between snow pellets and hail. Small hail is common in thunderstorms, while graupel typically falls in winter storms. wikipedia

What is the difference between hail and graupel?

  • Graupel (a.k.a. soft hail or snow pellets) are small soft pellets of ice created when supercooled water droplets coat a snowflake. Sleet (a.k.a. … Snow forms mainly when water vapor turns to ice without going through the liquid stage. Touching the graupel can cause it to melt and fall apart, unlike hail which is more durable, heavy and solid.

What does Graupel look like?

  • Looks a lot like sleet or small hailstones, but the small balls are made of snow, not ice, and they are white in colour, they almost look like tiny styrofoam pellets.

What is a Graupel shower?

  • Graupel (also called soft hail or snow pellets), is precipitation that forms when supercooled water droplets are collected and freeze on falling snowflakes, forming 2–5 mm (0.08–0.20 in) balls of rime.

Is Graupel the same as sleet?

  • Graupel forms when snowflakes are coated with a layer of ice. Unlike hail or sleet, graupel is soft and can fall apart easily in your hand. Sleet is a form of precipitation consisting of ice pellets, often mixed with rain or snow.

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How Does Hail Form?

How Does Hail Form?

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How Does Hail Form? Hail is large, layered ice particles, often spherical, which are produced by thunderstorms having strong, powerful winds. Hailstorms form within an unusually unstable air mass, that is, an air mass in which the temperature falloff with height is much more significant than usual.

During the thunderstorm, powerful winds take raindrops within them. It is colder on top of the windstorm, and this causes the rain to freeze. The wind blows the icy drops up and down, up and down, through the storm; the drops collect more ice creating ice chunks. Finally, they get too heavy, and they fall to the ground. That is hail!

What causes a hailstorm to occur?

Several conditions are required in the atmosphere in order for hailstorms to occur. Highly developed Cumulonimbus clouds need to be present. Cumulonimbus Clouds are a dense, towering vertical cloud, forming from water vapor carried by powerful upward air currents. If observed during a storm, these clouds may be referred to as thunderheads. Cumulonimbus Clouds can form alone, in clusters, or along cold front squall lines (Wikipedia). These are the massive anvil or mushroom-shaped clouds that are seen during thunderstorms which can reach heights up to 65,000 feet.

The air currents in these clouds are commonly known as updrafts. The updrafts contain ice particles as discussed above. For a hail storm to occur, the last remaining condition is that the clouds will need to contain high concentrations of water.

Fun Hail Fact:

Pieces of hail are called hailstones, and if you cut a hailstone in half, you will see rings. You can count the rings to find out how many times the hailstorm went back up into the freezing cold top of the storm before it finally fell to the ground.

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Does Insurance Cover Hail Damage To Car?

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Does Insurance Cover Hail Damage To Car? -Yes, insurance does cover hail damage to cars or trucks. Weather is unpredictable; harsh storms can cause great damage to your home, vehicle, and make driving scary. Your car can easily be banged up with dents due to coin-sized or golf-ball-sized hail, many of us know the damage hail can cause.

Fixing hail damage can cost more than you think because the damage is commonly widespread throughout the entire vehicle. Luckily, if you have the right hail insurance coverage “comprehensive,” hail and storm damage will be covered by your policy. However, if you have “liability” only insurance, unfortunately, you will not be covered by a hail damage claim. Generally speaking, if you have collision coverage, you will also have comprehensive coverage. Hail damage is classified as a comprehensive claim, not a collision claim.

Did you know: Hail causes more than $1 billion in property damages every year, including vehicles.

Will I have to pay the deductible for hail or storm damage?

  • Most likely yes. Deductibles are determined at the time you purchase your car insurance policy.

Do hail claims raise insurance rates?

  • Will a hail damage claim affect my insurance premium? Most insurance companies will not raise premiums or deductibles for “individuals” for filing a claim due to hail or storm damage. It’s considered an Act of God or Nature. It is not the same as an auto accident.

How long do you have to file the claim?

  • The good news is this: in Canada on average; it is two years. However, check with your insurance company as the claim time can vary. In the USA most insurance companies allow you up to twelve months to file a claim for hail damage. Keeping in mind, you don’t want to wait that long! Hail damage can wreak havoc on your vehicle and your home. Why cause more damage in the long run.

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