Hail – Graupel – Sleet – Snow

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

The Greater Sacramento Region rarely receives snow,
although we sometimes experience hail. However, I was perplexed this morning, when a local newscaster, reported the Natomas area had received as much as 4 inches of “graupel.” I had never heard that term before. So, with curiosity getting the better of me, I fetched my camera, jumped in the car, and headed west toward Natomas!

I quickly learned I am no expert when it comes to falling white stuff from the sky. Upon first glance, it looked like snow to me. Yet, in addition to some weather experts uttering the  “graupel” label, others were saying it was hail. Here’s the thing, meteorologists state there are 4 stages, which are identified as “Hail” – “Graupel” – “Sleet” – “Snow.” Graupel by one definition is super-cooled liquid droplets that freeze on a snowflake. It is smaller than hail.

Whatever it was, the unusual sight gave locals much delight. I smiled while watching several folks taking pictures of the rare stuff.

I captured these scenes at the shopping center located at West El Camino Avenue, and Truxel.





I take pictures for the purpose of remembering fond times.  I do not impose copyright restrictions on this photo, so you may feel free to use, or distribute as you wish.  However, should you need a Real Estate Professional in the Greater Sacramento area, I hope that you will contact me by email or by visiting my website www.myrljeffcoat.com - Thank You!



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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Myrl Jeffcoat - The bright blue skies really makes the white "stuff" stand out.  What a nice change!

Feb 27, 2018 04:02 PM #1
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Myrl I've never heard of that either!  It's cold and rainy here tonight - but no graupel yet! LOL

Feb 27, 2018 04:22 PM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB - I decided to not "grovel" over the term "grauvel," and simply accept!

Feb 27, 2018 04:25 PM #3
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl the term "graupel" is new to me as well.  It sure looks like slushy snow in the picture.

Feb 27, 2018 04:29 PM #4
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I've never heard the term "graupel" before. 

It looks like it was sunny...that's a good thing!

Feb 27, 2018 04:40 PM #5
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

George Souto and Sharon Tara - I don't feel so bad then.  I thought the term "graupel" would be usual to the East Coast snowy lexicon.

Feb 27, 2018 04:48 PM #6
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I just saw this on FB.  Looks like snow to me. I can only imagine how surprised the locals were to see this white stuff ... whatever one chooses to call it. 

Feb 27, 2018 05:12 PM #7
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

It is scary how our weather patterns are developing in very odd ways Myrl Jeffcoat 

Feb 27, 2018 10:38 PM #8
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Myrl... when I first heard this on the news, I thought I had misheard where it happened. As for the term graupel, this was a new one on me. We get hailstorms in the Charlotte area from time to time in the late spring or summer, but no one has ever used that term in relation to weather conditions here.

Feb 28, 2018 04:43 AM #9
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Hi Myrl,
I've never heard that term either.  That snow doesn't look like anything I've ever seen in Sacramento but I drove through a serious "rail" (rain and hail) storm in the area once. I was relieved there was no damage to my vehicle.  Note: I just made up the term "rail".

Feb 28, 2018 05:00 AM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I had never heard of graupel before this, but that is very interesting.  We don't ever get snow here, but in the small town that my parents live in, I am thinking that they get graupel every now and then, but they might think it is snow, haha.

Feb 28, 2018 06:29 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Myrl- good for you and your traveling camera!!!  And we are the recipients of your work!  I too have never heard of the word graupel!!!  

Feb 28, 2018 09:42 AM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thank you very much, Myrl, for sharing your photographs.

We expect some stormy weather in Maryland tonight.

Mar 01, 2018 05:28 AM #13
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I do not watch television news unless you counter John Oliver, LOL, so I had not heard that term, either, Myrl. I put a video of the hail in Land Park on my blog for your amusement.

Mar 01, 2018 09:28 AM #14
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes



 I learned something new in the 'rain" I have never heard of graupel either but then I am from Texas and we rarely hear the word snow here though we did this year!

Mar 02, 2018 12:39 PM #15
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Media, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686

Myrl,  I never heard of this form of precipitation until this season, and here in SE PA we have the potential to get plenty of the other 3 in a season. I guess the meteorologists are really wanting us to understand all the variations of cold stuff that falls from the sky.

Mar 04, 2018 07:59 PM #16
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Love the bright and clear photographs. They captured the moment as if I was truly standing there with you as you clicked the shutter.  Thanks also for explaining the term, 'Graupel.'  Never heard of the term before. Seems I should have known that having lived the majority of my life in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Mar 05, 2018 02:27 AM #17
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


I see there is another low snow storm tomorrow and Friday. At first glance, it isn't as strong as this one, cheers cvc

Mar 14, 2018 09:36 AM #18
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