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Pineapple Express: It’s Actually Very Scientific

A Pineapple Express is many things: the name of several cocktails. A potent strain of marijuana. A Seth Rogen and James Franco film. A miniature train tour at Dole’s Pineapple Plantation. And, most immediately relevant to us, a meteorological phenomenon notorious for bringing torrential rainfall to the Bay Area.

Not everyone has experienced the first four, but if you live in the Bay Area you’re likely intimate with the latter. “Pineapple Express” is the cute name meteorologists gave to the smaller versions of atmospheric rivers that generally flow from the Hawaiian Islands and extend somewhere along the Pacific coast — like the Bay Area.

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