Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Rare Occurrence

Apache Junction, AZ  High 46  Low 33

Winter arrived in Arizona with lots of rain and snow. Yes, snow. The Superstitions were covered with snow today and it was down low on the sides of the mountain. This is definitely a very rare occurrence. Snow has been seen on the top of the mountain but not like this.

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There must have been 100 cars out there with people taking pictures of the Superstitions.

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Scottsdale was covered in snow. The kids were loving it and the weather people were just hyped on TV. A lot of natives were excited about the snow but those of us who come from the north, couldn’t work up that kind of enthusiasm.

Here in Apache (Petticoat) Junction, we had rain and rain and more rain. But the storm has now moved on through and has just left the cold weather behind.

The weather folks have been telling us that a lot of what was seen in downtown Phoenix was not really snow or hail but was graupel. (This was a new term for me.)

Graupel, also called soft hail or snow pellets, refers to precipitation that forms when super cooled droplets of water are collected and freeze on a falling snowflake, forming a 2–5 mm ball of rime. Strictly speaking, graupel is not the same as hail or ice pellets, although it is sometimes referred to as small hail.

Whatever it is called, it was white and cold.

24 comments:

  1. thanks for the lesson in 'graupel'..never heard of it either until I read your post!

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  2. We have always called it "snail" (snow & hail). I think that's better then graupel. Just my thought!

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  3. I heard of that last winter when we had some here. But it was new to me too. We are to get ice tomorrow.
    I would rather have graupel :)

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  4. Graupel, snow, ice...whatever it is, I hope it goes away soon and you get some warmer weather!

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  5. Never heard of graupel, thanks for teaching some of us something new! Hope you get weather more to your liking soon.

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  6. Learning a new word is about all that is good about that stuff as far as I'm concerned. ;)

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  7. The storm you had we are getting now snowing 2 to 3 inch a hour going to be 12 + inchs.

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  8. Snow on the mountains in Havasu today too.

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  9. On the TV last night they had pictures of Phoenix. Looked like lots of snow to me. We are from Ohio...we know what the stuff looks like.

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  10. Sounds like a new breakfast cereal. :cD

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  11. Beautiful looking picture of the mountain, graupel new word for me.

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  12. Thankfully, the only snow we're seeing here in Palm Springs is high up on the mountains. Feels like warmer weather here this morning - I'll send some over to AZ!!

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  13. HAHaaaa sounds like a breakfast cereal... hahaaa... it does doesn't it... Well? I just keep learning fun stuff.

    The pictures are wonderful ... I can just see that scene... ahhhh

    we got ice here in Little Rock, Arkansas! nasty stuff. I think Graupel sounds cute... droplets of water freezing on a snowflake... I never

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  14. WELL!!! I have never heard of that either, weird.. graupel, huh... guess they don't actually want to admit to snow???

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  15. I was able to see the snow on the mountains from the ballpark in Tempe. I probably won't see that very often.

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  16. I called it hail when it fell on my rig in Quartzsite. Started looking like snow but quickly changed to this stuff. Looked to me a lot like what you get in a snow cone.

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  17. I am with you, whatever you want to call it, it is to be avoided:)

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  18. It certainly was beautiful. It was even more so since it was on the hills and in the distance. We could enjoy it without being in it.

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  19. Must be living a lot of European in the area. Graupel is a well know word in Germany for the pellet like frozen water droplets. I remember the radio telling us : tomorrow showers of snow and graupel. (Schnee- und Graupelschauer).
    We were lucky here. Just a few sprinkles overnight, but chilly. Keep warm!

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  20. I don't care what you call it - I hate the darn stuff. No snow in Yuma thankfully.

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  21. Too bad about all that snow. Good thing it won't last long.

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  22. Hi you guys there in (Petticoat) Junction!!!!! I have to giggle every time you do that!!!! Brings back really happy memories!!!! I am so happy that you are now Cancer Free!!! It is such a peace of mind to have a Dr. you can trust!! And I understand your end of it too Sandie!!! Congratulations Jim!!!! I'm back in "good ole Montana" It was kinda fun...but not very...my friends kept me busy..they had an Anniversary on Wed. and I told them they were just to forget me and go and do their thing, which with a little arguing they did..so I goofed around at the Mall didn't find any "Poodle Skirts" or "Saddle Shoes" however the Mall sound system was playing 50's Music which to me was satisfiying. I "Kinda" had fun and glad that I ventured out..I think it did all our friends more good and peace of mind than it did me...but "I DID IT!!" It was supposed to Snow in Laughlin on Wed also...but just rained. Love, Carol

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  23. I gave Sunshine to Lennie ...she is doing real well with them and she is happy....she was just so lonely here without Bill and in a group of people she was always waiting for that "MALE" voice.....Lennie and Keri got me from the airport yesterday and then they went shopping...I went to the 5:00 service at church yesterday and a good thing I put my phone on "buzz" (that always makes Sarah giggle whenever I say that instead of vibrate) because they Lennie and Keri bought something ...can't really make it out what it is...some kind of toy maybe a bird of some sort cause they sent three pics and one of them she had it in her mouth. If it has ribbons or bows or anything on it she'll rip it all off......little do they know.....it has something RED on it anyway..I know I've tried it before too....they will just have to learn. Tyler came over and showed me his new truck...a new model 1999 Chev Truck same color as Bill's and same license plate..the trout and the letters and #'s are very similar too(I had them on here & then erased them)maybe not a good idea to broadcast, anyway he's really proud of it and the rims on it are beautiful...you would think it belonged to Denny Menoldt!!!! :~) Love Carol

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  24. Looks like you should have come to southern CA with us. Snow on mountain tops and nice down here. Hope you get outside on your patio soon.

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