What are all of those weather types that are listed in the mPING app? How do you tell the difference between freezing rain and freezing drizzle?


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Rain and/or Snow

No precipitation occurring; most useful shortly before precipitation begins and after it ends
Very small, fine, numerous, and uniformly distributed water drops that may appear to float while following air currents
Freezing Drizzle
Drizzle that freezes into glaze or rime upon contact with the cold ground or surface structures
Liquid water drops that remain liquid upon reaching the ground or exposed objects
Freezing Rain
Rain that falls as a liquid but freezes upon impact to form a coating or glaze of ice on exposed objects (this will occur well before any ice forms on the ground)
Ice Pellets/Sleet
Small translucent balls of ice consisting of frozen raindrops (not to be confused with hail, which occurs with thunderstorms in the warm season). Ice pellets will usually bounce upon hitting the ground or other hard surfaces
Frozen precipitation most often in the form of flakes or aggregates of ice crystals; sometimes individual ice crystals
Mixed Rain & Snow
Usually has the consistency of slush; almost never results in any accumulation
Mixed Rain & Ice Pellets
Often occurs as wet ice pellets mixed with raindrops; sometimes occurs as falling raindrops containing one or perhaps few small pieces or chunks of ice (not snow)
Mixed Freezing Rain & Ice Pellets
Freezing rain falling with ice pellets; sometimes ice pellets are encased in a frozen glaze
Mixed ice Pellets & Snow
Ice pellets falling with snow

Hail (include size)

A chunk of ice falling from the sky ranging from the size of a pea to a grapefruit; hail occurs exclusively in thunderstorms. Sleet is not tiny hail but is instead produced by a different process.

Wind Damage

Severity 1 (Damage Trivial)
Lawn furniture & trash cans displaced; small twigs broken off
Severity 2 (Damage Mild)
1 inch tree limbs broken; shingles blown off
Severity 3 (Damage Moderate)
3 inch tree limbs broken; power poles down
Severity 4 (Damage Severe)
Large trees uprooted or snapped; roofs blown off
Severity 5 (Damage Extreme)
Homes and buildings destroyed

Water Spout

Not displayed but sent to the NWS

Tornado (on ground)

Not displayed but sent to the NWS


Severity 1 (Flood Minor)
River/creek overflowing; cropland/yard/basement flooding
Severity 2 (Flood Moderate)
Street/road flooding; stranded vehicles
Severity 3 (Flood Serious)
Homes and buildings filled with water
Severity 4 (Flood Severe)
Homes, buildings and cars swept away


Areas of soil/mud that become loose due to lots of rainfall and then slide down a hillside; sometimes an entire hillside will come loose in a layer and slide

Reduced Visibility

Dense Fog
Visibility reduction caused by very tiny condensed water droplets so small that they cannot be individually distinguished; essentially a cloud on the ground
Blowing Dust/Sand
Visibility reduction caused by strong winds lofting sand and dust, most often from dry and barren soil
Blowing Snow
Snow lifted from the surface by the wind that reduces visibility; blowing snow can come from falling snow or snow that has already accumulated on the ground
Snow Squall
Rapid onset of intense but short-lived heavy snow and gusty winds resulting in near whiteout conditions (visibility 1/4 mile or less)