Greetings friends, fans and fellow science geeks. This is The Daily Bone and we're your inquisitive doggie reporters Chester L. W. Spaniel and Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel.
Loyal readers will know that we haven't exactly had much winter weather here in Western NY this year. Indeed, we've only had a few light snowfalls that never lasted long. But last night around 11:40PM ghostwriter took a picture of our garden Buddha (below.) She was very happy and imagined there would be a nice accumulation for us to run around the next morning.
We did have some snow on the ground early this morning.
Within an hour it was completely melted!
But then, at precisely 12:15 PM we looked out and saw this:
Ghostwriter ran right outside and started taking pictures!
We thought it was hail at first.
But upon closer inspection we discovered it was something called graupel. This is when snowflakes fall through very cold clouds and become coated with ice or rime.
The resulting precipitation looks like tiny little styrofoam balls. It's light and bounces when it hits anything.
But, as it's pretty warm out the graupel melted right away too!
Oh, and in case you're wondering about the opossum that our North Carolina affiliate Angus B. Terrier found in his yard yesterday. Apparently Angus thought it was dead because it smelled awful. He proceeded to to try to acquire the scent on his own fur. His humans caught him, though and promptly gave him a bath! The animal control people came and took the opossum away.
End of story.
We'll keep you posted on our fickle weather. If anything else happens, you'll hear it first on The Daily Bone. See you soon!