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It's just stupid semantics probably, but we've had a lot of precipitation here lately and DH and I keep debating this (all friendly though!)

He says hail has to be big chunks of ice, anything smaller is sleet. I always thought sleet was small bits of ice that melt when they touch something (like it's not cold enough for it to stay ice) but if it stays frozen when you touch it, it's hail.

It's currently doing SOMETHING outside. It looks like salt. The deck is all crunchy, lol.

Who's right, if either of us are? :)
Posted by Anonymous on Feb. 21, 2013 at 7:22 PM
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by Anonymous 2 on Feb. 21, 2013 at 7:23 PM
My husband and I agree with you.
by Anonymous 3 on Feb. 21, 2013 at 7:23 PM

I always thought of hail as larger balls of ice and sleet as frozen rain type precipitation. I'm not meteorologist though.

by Platinum Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Neither. They're both the same except one happens in the summer while the other happens in the winter. Either way, they're both just frozen rain drops.

by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Dave, at says,


The Difference Between Hail, Sleet, and Freezing Rain

Many times I hear people say during a winter storm that it is hailing. This is actually called sleet. Hail normally occurs in thunderstorms and is the result of strong updrafts that repeatedly carry growing chunks of ice upwards into the clouds. Once the hail stones become too heavy to be lifted by the updrafts, they fall to the ground. Hail stones are normally much larger than sleet pellets and they can cause damage to crops, windshields, people, etc. Sleet occurs during a winter storm and is caused by rain falling into a cold layer of air aloft which has to be below freezing. As the raindrops fall through the cold layer of air, they freeze and become small ice pellets. When they hit your car windshield or your windows at home, they can make quite a racket. Sleet can accumulate on the roads and sidewalks making driving and walking quite hazardous. Freezing rain is basically rain that falls onto the ground and then freezes AFTER it hits the ground. It causes a glaze of ice on trees and any surface that is below freezing. Freezing rain causes the most hazardous of driving and walking conditions. Freezing rain is what causes the power outages as a result of the ice that forms on the trees and power lines making them so heavy that they come down. A temperature inversion causes the conditions that result in freezing rain. This means that it is warmer aloft than it is at the surface."

by Anonymous 4 on Feb. 21, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Hail starts higher up as frozen precipitation, sleet is rain that freezes on the way down.

by Ruby Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 7:32 PM

I agree with you
If it hits the ground as a frozen pellet....hail
if it is frozen and hits the ground as water its sleet

by Bronze Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Hail actually forms in the clouds.  Sleet falls as snow hits a warm patch of air and melts then hits another patch of cold air and falls as little ice pellets.

Sleet bounces when it hits the ground it can melt on contact with the ground or form a layer like snow.  Depends on the temp of the ground.

by Platinum Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 7:36 PM

 Did you Google it? I think you're right.

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