Articles by Joel Gratz - Ski Mag

Joel Gratz

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What is the Pineapple Express?

As the Western US was pounded with snow, and resorts like Mammoth Mountain saw thirteen feet of snow, meteorologists were pointing to the "pineapple express." But what exactly does that mean? Meteorologist Joel Gratz fills us in.

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Finally Winter on the East Coast

While the western states were having fun in November and early December with over 100” of snow, east coasters were sitting around hoping for a little sign that winter is an equal-opportunity season. Over the last few days, winter showed up east of the Mississippi with cold air and BIG snow totals.

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What La Nina Means for Snowfall

“Why do we care about La Nina, or El Nino?” In short, it’s really the only reliable clue that meteorologists have to predict temperature and precipitation patterns months and seasons in advance. Meteorologist/skier Joel Gratz weighs in.