The genesis of snow at the micro level is a fascinating story that has important implications for society.
Loved this, Mitch! And I'm so glad you dug into what a "graupel" is, since that one leaped out at me as I scrolled down, and it seemed worth going down as a whole separate rabbit hole, with a fascinating word derivation, etc. It appears that maybe the Germans are the ones with dozens of different words for snow (although I imagine the Inuits have a bunch, too, as the old saying goes).
As a Maine native, I thought I knew all about snow. Thanks, Mitch, for the page turner (page scroller?) that explains a big part of my childhood experience. I am now going to wow my friends with my new knowledge on snow crystals, and I finally know when to volunteer to shovel (I’m signing up for the “large dendrite” shift.) Great writing; I’m looking forward to more Snow News!