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Weather Glossary

Precipitation Types

Snow

Snow forms when there’s moisture in the air in the form of Ice crystals. These crystals collide forming Snow flakes. If enough collide they will become heavy enough to fall to earth. The size of the flake depends on the air temperature so generally below zero the flakes will small while above zero they will be larger. The heaviest Snowfalls in this Country tends to between 0C and 2C. Snowflakes start melting above zero this also causes the air around them to cool. If the precipitation is heavy enough the cooling effect can cause the Snow to reach ever lower levels in a process called evaporative cooling. Snowflakes are a collection of ice crystals that occur in a infinite number of forms. Indeed every Snowflake is unique although they form hexagonal structures.
A Snow crystal Picture by the met office.

Snow Pellets

Also known as Graupel or formerly Soft hail. This forms when Snow crystals encounter super cooled water droplets which collect and freeze on falling Snow flake eventually hiding the original Snow crystal. Snow pellets are totally different from hail which is formed from hard ice and only falls in thundery conditions. Snow pellets tend to be fragile and easily fall apart when touched. 
A Snow Pellet by Maurice Townsend
© Lorem ipsum dolor sit Nulla in mollit pariatur in, est ut dolor eu eiusmod lorem 2014
Sheffield Weather Page

Precipitation Types

Weather Glossary

Snow

Snow forms when there’s moisture in the air in the form of Ice crystals. These crystals collide forming Snow flakes. If enough collide they will become heavy enough to fall to earth. The size of the flake depends on the air temperature so generally below zero the flakes will small while above zero they will be larger. The heaviest Snowfalls in this Country tends to between 0C and 2C. Snowflakes start melting above zero this also causes the air around them to cool. If the precipitation is heavy enough the cooling effect can cause the Snow to reach ever lower levels in a process called evaporative cooling. Snowflakes are a collection of ice crystals that occur in a infinite number of forms. Indeed every Snowflake is unique although they form hexagonal structures.
A Snow crystal Picture by the met office.

Snow Pellets

Also known as Graupel or formerly Soft hail. This forms when Snow crystals encounter super cooled water droplets which collect and freeze on falling Snow flake eventually hiding the original Snow crystal. Snow pellets are totally different from hail which is formed from hard ice and only falls in thundery conditions. Snow pellets tend to be fragile and easily fall apart when touched. 
A Snow Pellet by Maurice Townsend
© Lorem ipsum dolor sit Nulla in mollit pariatur in, est ut dolor eu eiusmod lorem 2014
Sheffield Weather Page

Precipitation Types

Weather Glossary

Snow

Snow forms when there’s moisture in the air in the form of Ice crystals. These crystals collide forming Snow flakes. If enough collide they will become heavy enough to fall to earth. The size of the flake depends on the air temperature so generally below zero the flakes will small while above zero they will be larger. The heaviest Snowfalls in this Country tends to between 0C and 2C. Snowflakes start melting above zero this also causes the air around them to cool. If the precipitation is heavy enough the cooling effect can cause the Snow to reach ever lower levels in a process called evaporative cooling. Snowflakes are a collection of ice crystals that occur in a infinite number of forms. Indeed every Snowflake is unique although they form hexagonal structures.
A Snow crystal Picture by the met office.

Snow Pellets

Also known as Graupel or formerly Soft hail. This forms when Snow crystals encounter super cooled water droplets which collect and freeze on falling Snow flake eventually hiding the original Snow crystal. Snow pellets are totally different from hail which is formed from hard ice and only falls in thundery conditions. Snow pellets tend to be fragile and easily fall apart when touched. 
A Snow Pellet by Maurice Townsend