Small particles of snow with a fragile crust of ice; soft hail.
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- Notice for this wind field that graupel falls rapidly to the surface and drifts only a short distance downwind.
- When this process continues so that the shape of the original snow crystal is no longer identifiable, the resulting crystal is referred to as graupel.
- In this work the growth, motion and charging of graupel particles are simulated by computer.
late 19th century: German Graupel, back-formation from graupeln 'to hail with soft hailstones', from Graupe 'cereal grain'.