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}} Graupel (German pronunciation: [ˈɡʁaʊpəl]; {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}, also called soft hail, snow pellets or "'sago"' <ref> {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }} </ref> is precipitation that forms when supercooled droplets of water are collected and freeze on a falling snowflake, forming a {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} ball of rime. The term graupel comes from the German language.

Graupel is distinct from hail, small hail and ice pellets: the World Meteorological Organization defines small hail as snow pellets encapsulated by ice, a precipitation halfway between graupel and hail.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> The METAR code for graupel is GS.


Graupel sections
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