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snow crystals click to hear : snow crystals

Ice crystals whose form depends on temperature and humidity; they fall separately or in agglomerations of flakes.
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column plate crystal spatial dendrite irregular crystal stellar crystal snow pellet sleet hail capped column needle

column click to hear : column

Short translucent ice crystal with flat extremities; it is prism-shaped and occasionally hollow.

plate crystal click to hear : plate crystal

Ice crystal in the form of a thin hexagonal plate that is occasionally hollow.

spatial dendrite click to hear : spatial dendrite

Ice crystal characterized by complex branches similar to those of a tree.

irregular crystal click to hear : irregular crystal

Ice crystal with no defined shape resulting from the agglomeration of several crystals.

stellar crystal click to hear : stellar crystal

Star-shaped crystal with six branches.

snow pellet click to hear : snow pellet

Opaque ice crystal less than 5 mm in diameter that froze inside a cloud.

sleet click to hear : sleet

Ice crystal less than 5 mm in diameter that results from rain drops or snow flakes freezing before they touch the ground.

hail click to hear : hail

Hard, usually spherical ice crystal that varies between 5 and 50 mm in diameter; it is formed of concentric layers of clear opaque ice.

capped column click to hear : capped column

Ice crystal that is identical to the column, except for the thin hexagon-shaped cap at each extremity.

needle click to hear : needle

Translucent prism-shaped ice crystal; it is long and narrow and has pointed ends.