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It’s Raining Styrofoam!
Published on Sunday, January 9, 2011 by

It never snows here.  Ignore the huge storm we had a few weeks ago.  Oh and the one we had last year.  Other than those, it really-never-snows-here.  But this weekend, it styrofoamed!

My daughter first called out, “Mom!  It’s S-N-O-W-I-N-G!”  Whah?  Again?!   She flew out, then flew back in to exclaim, “Mom!  It’s weird!  It’s not snow… it’s like, well… styrofoam!”

And she was right.  It was like nothing I had ever seen.  It wasn’t hail.  It wasn’t ice.  And it certainly wasn’t snow.  It was fluffy but formed in perfect little balls that could stand on top of each other.  It looked like someone had taken a giant beanbag chair, opened it and threw it all over the sky.

Then someone described it perfectly.  It’s Dippin’ Dots!  Willy Wonka was spreading Dippin’ Dots all over the area.  He just forgot to add flavor.

Have you ever seen anything like this?  Is there a real name for when it styrofoams?

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  • Comedy Plus

    It’s weird is what it is. Did you ever figure out where it came from? Garbage day and some idiot didn’t bag their dippin dots? Just saying.

    Have a terrific day. :)

    • Katherine Murray

      It was called “snow pellets.” Never heard of those… go figure!

  • potter

    its so weird, how can styrofoam rain? I want to see that directly..

  • Mishelle

    It looks like styrofoam you’re right! So how long were you out playing in the dippin dots?


    • Katherine Murray

      The dippin dots lasted about 20 minutes… if that. Then the sun came out. THEN the sun went away and we got a “BLIZZARD” for about 20 minutes. Then the sun came out. Then it went away and we got flurries. It was a weird weather day… and it never snows here, making it especially baffling, but fun!

  • Linda Medrano

    Is it tiny hail? Very peculiar! Now I’m not saying anything about Aliens, but you know I’m thinking it.

    • Katherine Murray

      I think that aliens were opening up a new engine part and the dropped styrofoam pellets all over the ground!

  • Anne

    I agree with Linda, either tiny hail or aliens.

  • meleahrebeccah

    Wow, that DOES look like styrofoam. And no, I have never seen anything like that in my life!

    Im with Linda. It’s either aliens or hail!

    • Katherine Murray

      I found out that snow is called “snow pellets.” I have really only heard pellets referred to when it comes to guns or poop…. not aliens… unless it was alien poop. Aliens with pellet guns who are pooping. Yup, that’s what it was!!

  • Sheila

    It WAS weird – like a giant ice bunny pooped tiny pellets all over Norfolk.

    • Katherine Murray

      WAVY TV called them snow pellets… I saw it after I did my post. So technically, it WAS pellets…. and I ATE some…. I should be on the Travel Channel or something. What did your kids think about the pellets?

  • Texas T-Bird

    OMG is does look like dippin’ dots doesn’t it . . . . . weird

  • Alim

    Is it real? It is very weird…, really… I am not saying “it can’t be…” I am saying…, how could that happen?

    • Katherine Murray

      It is actually called “snow pellets” – if you google it you will see a lot of pictures. I had never heard of it before… it was really cool!

  • One of the Guys

    Don’t have a name for it, but I’ve seen it before. Here in New England we’ve had over 70inches of snow. It’s been crazy. My kids have been walking over a hard crust top like they’re on the moon.

    I’ll take Styrofoam any day of the year!

    I’ve been MIA for a bit. We’re back to blogging on The Guys’ Network dot com. Hope to see you around.

    • Katherine Murray

      Good to have you back! I just looked at the site, it is fantastic!


  • Styrofoam

    That is really cool.

  • PLucas

    Technical term is Graupel .

    • Katherine Murray

      Thank you! As soon as I saw your comment I had to look it up to read more… I appreciate it! I’ve not seen anything like it since.

  • ABerg

    We had them here in Maryland yesterday they almost look like salt that you would use on the ground.