Yes! This counts as a Snow Storm in South Texas!
What is Graupel Snow? (Also known as Dippin Dots Snowballs)
This was the weirdest snow ever. You know that Dippin Dots Ice Cream? Well that’s what our snow looked like. Tiny little balls of snow. Usually we get sleet that freezes into little balls of ice. But this time it was soft, crunchy, teeny-tiny snowballs.
According to Wikipedia: Contact between a snow crystal and the supercooled droplets results in freezing of the liquid droplets onto the surface of the crystal. This process of crystal growth is known as accretion. Crystals that exhibit frozen droplets on their surfaces are referred to as rimed. 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.
“This is the best snow ever!!!”
That is a real quote. My sad little snow deprived South Texas Children were so excited about our pathetic snow storm.
“Let’s go on a hunt for snow. I’m going to get all the snow off of Mommy’s car.”
Their WIMPY mother who happens to HATE cold weather took pictures of them from inside the house through the dirty window screens.
What can I say . . . I NEED to live at the beach!
“Mommy You’ve got to come see this! It is so cool! We even have ice on the fish pond!!!”
Hurry, grab your ice skates. Wait, we don’t have any ice skates. Oh well, the fish pond is a bit small any way.
Now we have 3 bowls of graupel snow in our freezer.