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Joel Gratz

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I hate La Nina

Last Sunday, I got really excited.  Really excited.  After waiting all winter for a decent snow storm, it seemed we would finally get our spring upslope snowstorm.  Joel Gratz of OpenSnow, wrote of the models that forecast storms, predicting 1-2 feet of new snow, favoring the east side of the…

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Waiting for a Pattern Change

Ugh.  You know things are bad when there is a fire ban in place on Halloween.  You know it’s really bad when people are walking around in shorts and flip flops, and November begins twenty-four hours from now.  October has come and gone with one day of seasonably cold weather…

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Let the ski season begin!

Well, another ski season begins anew tomorrow as both Loveland and Arapahoe Basin ski resorts open tomorrow.  This is the latest opening day for the Colorado skis season in 15 years.  It seems like a long time coming, but in reality, it’s still a pre-Halloween start to the ski season,…

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An Epic Powder Day

In an earlier post, I referenced Joel Gratz, a meteorologist who has built an entire business around forecasting “powder days” for Colorado ski areas through the website, OpenSnow.  For someone not from Colorado or ski country, this might sound like lunacy that someone could actually create a career out of…

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