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  • Location: Tiree
  • Location: Tiree

serious snow question a minute.

the snow we get up here on the isle of lewis seems differnt to the snow that I have experienced down south. a lot more like hail round soft balls.

its no hail i know its not, its like snow but not if that makes sense.

we tend to get that more often the snow flakes. any ideas what it might be?

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  • Location: Castle Howard, North Yorkshire
  • Location: Castle Howard, North Yorkshire
serious snow question a minute.

the snow we get up here on the isle of lewis seems differnt to the snow that I have experienced down south. a lot more like hail round soft balls.

its no hail i know its not, its like snow but not if that makes sense.

we tend to get that more often the snow flakes. any ideas what it might be?

You're not thinking of Graupel are you Cookie? :wub:

http://graupel.msrc.sunysb.edu/graupel.html

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

I assume where you lived before was inland?

hail/graupel is a feature of a maritime area in a cold airflow, to do with vertical uplift put very simply.

By a similar token summer hail is much more prevalent inland than coasts, again to do with vertical uplift.

Like I say that is a very and over simplified version and no doubt you will get some more complex answers.

me, I prefer the simple non complicated answer.

There are lots of text books and links via Google if you want the definitive and complex answer.

hope that helps?

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  • Location: Tiree
  • Location: Tiree
I assume where you lived before was inland?

hail/graupel is a feature of a maritime area in a cold airflow, to do with vertical uplift put very simply.

By a similar token summer hail is much more prevalent inland than coasts, again to do with vertical uplift.

Like I say that is a very and over simplified version and no doubt you will get some more complex answers.

me, I prefer the simple non complicated answer.

There are lots of text books and links via Google if you want the definitive and complex answer.

hope that helps?

thanks for that.

no it wasn't it was Blackpool, but think thats differnt due to where its located.

we didn't get much snow but when we did it was always snow flakes,

9 times out of ten it's graupel / hail here

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

it will probably be partly to do with most wintry ppn where you are now coming from showery outbreaks, Blackpool probably has a more even mix, with frontal snow and trough type overcast cloud off the Irish Sea also giving snow flakes.

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  • Location: Tiree
  • Location: Tiree
it will probably be partly to do with most wintry ppn where you are now coming from showery outbreaks, Blackpool probably has a more even mix, with frontal snow and trough type overcast cloud off the Irish Sea also giving snow flakes.

yeah I understand. :D

You'll always be reminded of the answer whenever you see my user name as well,

so you're unlikely to forget :lol:

you're right great username

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  • Location: Swansea (Abertawe) , South Wales, 420ft ASL
  • Weather Preferences: Storms & Snow.
  • Location: Swansea (Abertawe) , South Wales, 420ft ASL

It is the same here, we often get more hail and soft balls than actual fluffy snow, but its been a different case this year, with over a foot of fluffy snow in a week.

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