Weekend forecast: No snow, some graupel (We never heard of it either)
BY MITCH DUDEK October 17, 2013 8:09PM
Graupel in South Carolina, Feb. 6, 2013. Forest Acres, S.C. National Weather Service. Courtesy Denver Murray
Updated: October 17, 2013 11:22PM
If mushy ice pellets begin to fall on your windshield Saturday, don’t be alarmed.
It’s not snow. And it’s not going to stick on the ground.
It’s just soft hail, known in the weather business as graupel, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Gino Izzo.
The graupel could briefly mix in with rain in the late morning or early evening on Saturday, with temperatures expected to top out in the mid-50s.
Izzo said the mercury could dip to freezing levels overnight in the middle of next week in the suburbs, but there is hope for outdoor enthusiasts who prefer short sleeves.
On average, Chicago gets four 60-degree-plus days and one that breaks 70 in the month of November.
Even December can be hospitable.
“On average we’ll get a 60-degree day every other year in December,” Izzo said. “But there can be real anomalies. There were nine days in the 60s in 1982 when it was 64 on Christmas Day.”