Weather Story: The Difference Between Snow And Hail


Team member’s full names (Reporters): Kaden Troxler, Kody May, and Alex VanDierendonk

Period: 1st period

News Elements: Proximity, impact    


Snow is made up of one or more tiny ice crystals that come together to form the intricate and unique shapes of a snowflake. Hail is a frozen raindrop and is generally a lot bigger than a pure crystal of ice. 


Hail is a type of precipitation, or water in the atmosphere. It is made out of ice and drops from cumulonimbus clouds, it is able to break anything (example: windows) Which are called hailstorms. 


There is a very rare chance into getting hail, however only happens in thunderstorms within 3.7 km. Hail can sometimes have two versions of itself: a big version and a little version. The little pieces less harmless however a big hail can be deadly. 


If you’re hit you’ll probably die since it’s a deadly disaster.The average size of damaging hail is between 2.5 cm (1 in), and golf ball sized (1.75 in). If a thunderstorm forms then there’s a chance that it will form a hailstorm. The 1 centimeter (0.39 in) hail falls at 9 mp (20 mp). It’s formed when water droplets are caught in a thunderstorm. 


Hail has killed 246 people. Hailstorms last for 5-10 minutes, so a very short time. Hail rarely indicates a tornado. The most common place to see hail from is from a region called “Hail Alley”.


It is also claimed that hail could’ve came from Ice Pellets depicting on how similar they are, but one can form a huge ice ball (Hail) and the other is small and can’t hurt anyone (Ice Pellets).


Snow is precipitation in the form of ice crystals. It originates in clouds when temperatures are below freezing ( 0 degrees Celsius, or 32 degrees Fahrenheit). When water vapor in the atmosphere condenses directly into ice without going through the liquid stage. Once an ice crystal has formed, it absorbs and freezes additional water vapor from the surrounding air, growing into a snow crystal or snow pellet, which then falls. 


There are different types of snow, like snowflakes, grapnel, and sleet. Snowflakes are clusters of ice crystals that fall from a cloud. Snow pellets or grapnel, are non transparent ice particles in the atmosphere. They form as ice crystals fall through super-cooled cloud droplets, the temperature is below freezing but they remain a liquid. Then the droplets then freeze to the crystals, forming a lumpy mass. Grapnel is usually soft and crumbly. Sleet is composed of drops of rain or drizzle that freeze into ice as they fall, and is sometimes called a winter mix of rain and snow. These small translucent balls of ice are usually smaller than 0.76 centimeters in diameter. Official weather observations lists sleet as 

ice pellets. In some parts of the United States, the term sleet can refer to a mixture of ice pellets and freezing rain.