Sunday, September 23, 2007


What's the difference: hail vs. sleet

We were hiking today and the weather turned nasty. We were set upon by frozen precipitation. We desired to name our oppressor, but we unsure of the proper nomenclature. Upon returning home, I looked up hail and sleet. According to the good folks who catalog our lexicon, the only difference between hail and sleet is in size. The former includes globular frozen precipitation larger than 5mm in diameter; the latter is 5mm and smaller.

We were oppressed by sleet today. Let me tell you, every one of those 5 millimeters hurt.

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