Are Dippin’ Dots Fallin’ From The Sky? Or Just A Li’l Graupel?


The wondrous house age frozen dessert product Dippin’ Dots (the “Ice Cream of the Future”) was found in 1988 by microbiologist and cryogenic specialist Curt Jones in his dad and mom’ Illinois storage. Like lots of mankind’s best scientific breakthroughs, Dippin’ Dots had been created accidentally, whereas Jones was looking for a extra environment friendly type of cow feed. As an alternative, he stumbled upon the sensational flash-frozen snack product beloved by tens of millions of shopping center prospects within the Nineties.

These of us nonetheless eager for the unique Dippin’ Dots of the Clinton period (lengthy earlier than the corporate was devoured up by gourmand popcorn purveyor Doc Popcorn) might expertise one thing comparable right this moment in texture if not taste, when an equally wondrous substance known as “graupel” descends upon New York. NY1 meteorologist John Davitt broke the information this morning when he revealed this explanatory tweet about graupel, evaluating the icy sky product to Dippin’ Dots.

For extra on this, we turned to Nationwide Climate Service meteorologist Dr. Dave Radell, who confirmed there’s in reality an opportunity of graupel in NYC this afternoon.

“People might even see flurries and a pair graupel items because the afternoon wears on,” Radell instructed Gothamist, explaining that graupel “begins off as snow and finally ends up as just a little tiny piece of ice or mushy ice.” He stated it occurs in NYC on common a few occasions per 12 months.

So what precisely turns a snowflake into graupel? Just like the liquid nitrogen that transforms a boring pellet of ice “cream” product right into a enjoyable Dippin’ Dot, clouds containing extraordinarily chilly water “rime” the snowflakes as they cross by. Sufficiently rimed snowflakes grow to be graupel.

“Riming is the method by which tremendous cool water accumulates on these snowflakes,” Radell stated. “They ultimately fall to the bottom as little items of ice. On days like right this moment, when have just a little little bit of tremendous cooled water in a few of these clouds, these flakes can get rimed to grow to be graupel.”

Maybe searching for to forestall a stampede of frenzied graupel hunters trampling one another on NYC sidewalks, Radell sought to downplay right this moment’s forecast, saying, “We’re not anticipating an enormous graupel occasion however of us might even see a few of that graupel.”

Requested if graupel is rather like mainly Dippin’ Dots, Dr. Radell stated, “It is a good analogy, however Dippin’ Dots are completely spherical, whereas in the event you study a few of these graupel items their shapes are often extra irregular and jagged and has a non-spherical type of form. In the event that they soften they may very well be just a little bit squishy in consistency.”

Okay however can we eat the graupel? Does it a minimum of style comparable to Dippin’ Dots? When can we go exterior, rip off our masks, and Style the Enjoyable™ once more?

“I have not eaten graupel just lately,” Dr. Radell stated.

Our dialog ended shortly thereafter. Nonetheless, VICE Life Editorial Director Casey Johnston, whereas maybe not technically a meteorologist, confirmed that NYC is at present cloudy with an opportunity of Dippin’ Dots. This picture was taken in her again yard in Mattress-Stuy simply hours in the past:

Seen and/or tasted any graupel right this moment? What’s your favourite taste, Birthday Cake, Rockin’ Cherry Ice with Popping Sweet, or Bubble Gum? Tell us within the feedback!