Snow by any other name…

To every one of our readers who lives up north, we can now understand your sufferings because yesterday morning we awoke to find the ground covered in SNOW! Quite a surprise, since the weathermen have often forecasted the possibility of snow, but it had never actually happened for us this winter.  [Stop laughing, we can hear you.  What do you mean 1/16″ of snow doesn’t count?]

The snow became even more of a surprise when we went outside to investigate and found this mystery precipitation instead:

Mystery precipitation or ice cream of the future?

There was only one explanation.  The prayers of children across this nation had finally been answered:

Dippin' Dots, the Ice Cream of the Future

It had snowed Dippin’ Dots!!!

A car covered in The Ice Cream of the Future™ may sound like a dream come true, but Sr. Grace Marie is very particular about the car, and all that sugar didn’t sound like it could possibly be good for the paint job.

Luckily for her (though certainly a blow to the kids across San Antonio who thought school was cancelled and they could eat ice cream all day), further investigation proved it was not in fact a sugary dessert, but plain ol’ graupel.

GRAUPEL??   What’s that??

Absolutely no idea.

Mia couldn’t figure it out either, though she tried sniffing, pawing and munching her way through the strange stuff.  Turns out graupel forms when super cold water droplets land and freeze on falling snowflakes.  We had never heard of it, or seen it, before this morning.

Did we feel cheated to learn that not only was it not ice cream, it wasn’t even snow? Heck, yeah!  And school wasn’t cancelled either.

Nevertheless, we’ll continue to enjoy our cold weather and pray for the warmth and safety of all who are dealing with the hassle of real snow this winter.  May God keep you safe and sane until the spring thaw.

5 thoughts on “Snow by any other name…

  1. We are still digging out (have had about 30 inches so far) and have more snow forecast for Sunday. It looks beautiful as it falls but not when we have to shovel. Keep Warm.

    • When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground…The house of Israel called it manna; it was like coriander seed, white, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey. (Ex 16:14,31)
      Well, it wasn’t exactly like that, more like little styrofoam pellets with no taste at all. No graupel when y’all come to Texas, it will be the other weather extreme by then.

      • You tasted it!?

        So you have a pet dog!

        Weather is looking good for the next week! At least here in SA….

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