At a wide-open space high in the Inyo Mountains: snow starting to collect on the ground. Mike pulled the truck over and turned off the engine; as he did so he heard a curious, very unique dry chittering sound. Turned out that he was in the midst of falling snow pellets, otherwise known as graupel. Small pellets, lighter than hail, but heavy enough to be heard as they hit the ground.
Photos: Snow Flurries—Inyo Mountains, 2010; Telephone Poles—Inyo Mountains, 2010