Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Let it snow!

Last week Room 7 were amazed when it snowed in Auckland!  We couldn't believe our eyes.  Mrs Dawson thought that it was just hail, but we later learnt that it wasn't just hail it was graupel.  Graupel happens when snowflakes become encased in ice as they fall to the earth.  So we didn't get actual snow flakes, but they weren't hard ice hail pellets either.  They were soft enough to make into graupel balls.

You can see how much fun we had with the graupel in the pictures below!

Snow flakes are falling on my head!

Enough to grab handfuls!

Right, who is going to get this graupel ball thrown at them...

Who would have thought that our playground would ever look like this?


  1. This looks great Room 7. I am going to have to ask Mrs Dawson if she'll let me use the photos for our blog, since that was the day Ms T left her camera at home.

    Keep up the awesome mahi! xx Ms Tataurangi xx

  2. Wow Room 7, what a great looking blog! And I learned something today too. I did not know that snow encased in ice was called graupel. How interesting, thank you for sharing.

  3. Ange - Christchurch24 August 2011 at 18:15

    Hi Room 7!

    What a cool experience you had at school with your Graupel! So great that there was enough to make into balls.

    Down here in CHCH we had LOTS of snow and my three boys had lots of fun playing in it and making a snowman.

    Maybe one day Auckland WILL get snow and you will be able to make a snowman too :-)

    Keep up the great work.