Ice pellets

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Ice pellets are a form of precipitation consisting of small, translucent balls of ice.wikipedia
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Hail

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Ice pellets are smaller than hailstones which form in thunderstorms rather than in winter, and are different from graupel ("soft hail") which is made of frosty white rime, and from a mixture of rain and snow which is a slushy liquid or semisolid.
It is distinct from ice pellets (American English "sleet"), though the two are often confused.

Thunderstorm

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Ice pellets are smaller than hailstones which form in thunderstorms rather than in winter, and are different from graupel ("soft hail") which is made of frosty white rime, and from a mixture of rain and snow which is a slushy liquid or semisolid.
They are usually accompanied by strong winds, and often produce heavy rain and sometimes snow, sleet, or hail, but some thunderstorms produce little precipitation or no precipitation at all.

Precipitation

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Ice pellets are a form of precipitation consisting of small, translucent balls of ice.
Frozen forms of precipitation include snow, ice needles, ice pellets, hail, and graupel.

Graupel

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Ice pellets are smaller than hailstones which form in thunderstorms rather than in winter, and are different from graupel ("soft hail") which is made of frosty white rime, and from a mixture of rain and snow which is a slushy liquid or semisolid.
Graupel is distinct from hail and ice pellets.

Rain and snow mixed

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Ice pellets are smaller than hailstones which form in thunderstorms rather than in winter, and are different from graupel ("soft hail") which is made of frosty white rime, and from a mixture of rain and snow which is a slushy liquid or semisolid. However, the term sleet refers to a mixture of rain and snow in most Commonwealth countries, including Canada.
Unlike ice pellets, which are hard, and freezing rain, which is fluid until striking an object, this precipitation is soft and translucent, but it contains some traces of ice crystals, from partially fused snowflakes.

Freezing rain

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Pellets generally do not freeze into a solid mass unless mixed with freezing rain.
Unlike a mixture of rain and snow, ice pellets, or hail, freezing rain is made entirely of liquid droplets.

Transparency and translucency

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Ice pellets are a form of precipitation consisting of small, translucent balls of ice.

Rime ice

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Ice pellets are smaller than hailstones which form in thunderstorms rather than in winter, and are different from graupel ("soft hail") which is made of frosty white rime, and from a mixture of rain and snow which is a slushy liquid or semisolid.

Slush

Ice pellets are smaller than hailstones which form in thunderstorms rather than in winter, and are different from graupel ("soft hail") which is made of frosty white rime, and from a mixture of rain and snow which is a slushy liquid or semisolid.

Jacket

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Ice pellets often bounce when they hit the ground or other solid objects, and make a higher-pitched "tap" when striking objects like jackets, windshields, and dried leaves, compared to the dull splat of liquid raindrops.

Windshield

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Ice pellets often bounce when they hit the ground or other solid objects, and make a higher-pitched "tap" when striking objects like jackets, windshields, and dried leaves, compared to the dull splat of liquid raindrops.

Plant litter

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Ice pellets often bounce when they hit the ground or other solid objects, and make a higher-pitched "tap" when striking objects like jackets, windshields, and dried leaves, compared to the dull splat of liquid raindrops.

METAR

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The METAR code for ice pellets is PL (PE before November 1998 ).

National Weather Service

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Ice pellets are known as sleet in the United States, the official term used by the U.S. National Weather Service.

Canada

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However, the term sleet refers to a mixture of rain and snow in most Commonwealth countries, including Canada. However, across the eastern United States and southeastern Canada, warm air flowing north from the Gulf of Mexico ahead of a strong synoptic-scale storm system can overrun cold, dense air at the surface for many hundreds of miles for an extended period of time.

Environment and Climate Change Canada

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Because of this, Environment Canada never uses the term sleet, and uses the terms "ice pellets" or "wet snow" instead.

Snowflake

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This causes the partial or complete melting of any snowflakes falling through the warm layer (the French term for sleet, neige fondue, literally means "melted snow" because of this).

Warm front

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A temperature profile showing a warm layer above the ground is most likely to be found in advance of a warm front during the cold season, but can occasionally be found behind a passing cold front, and often with a stationary front.

Cold front

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A temperature profile showing a warm layer above the ground is most likely to be found in advance of a warm front during the cold season, but can occasionally be found behind a passing cold front, and often with a stationary front.

Stationary front

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A temperature profile showing a warm layer above the ground is most likely to be found in advance of a warm front during the cold season, but can occasionally be found behind a passing cold front, and often with a stationary front.

United States

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However, across the eastern United States and southeastern Canada, warm air flowing north from the Gulf of Mexico ahead of a strong synoptic-scale storm system can overrun cold, dense air at the surface for many hundreds of miles for an extended period of time.

Gulf of Mexico

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However, across the eastern United States and southeastern Canada, warm air flowing north from the Gulf of Mexico ahead of a strong synoptic-scale storm system can overrun cold, dense air at the surface for many hundreds of miles for an extended period of time.

Synoptic scale meteorology

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However, across the eastern United States and southeastern Canada, warm air flowing north from the Gulf of Mexico ahead of a strong synoptic-scale storm system can overrun cold, dense air at the surface for many hundreds of miles for an extended period of time.