Yosemite,  Tuolumne Snow Depth 1/9/17

Yosemite,  Tuolumne Snow Depth 1/9/17

Yosemite,  Tuolumne Snow Depth 1/9/17
Yosemite,  Tuolumne Snow Depth 1/9/17

 

Yosemite Flood 2017 update 1/9/17

Yosemite Flood 2017 update 1/9/17

yosemite rockfall near Dog Rock

River Status
The Merced River peaked at 12.68 feet overnight and was at 11.8 feet at 9 am. The South Fork Merced River peaked just under 10 feet. The latest river forecast is calling for river stage to get below 10 feet (flood stage) around 1 pm, however, this forecast doesn’t account for the effects of the El Capitan Moraine, which slows outflow from Yosemite Valley.

Residents of Yosemite Valley, please delay your return to the Valley. We are planning an update around noon today and are still hopeful that you can return today via the Wawona and Big Oak Flat Roads. We understand you’re frustrated and apologize for the change in plans.

Impacts

-El Portal Road (Hwy 140) will be closed today (possibly longer) due to a significant rockfall near Dog Rock (see attached photo). Caltrans reports no issues along Highway 140 (outside the park). YARTS is operating on a limited schedule, but is not providing service to Yosemite Valley today. Check their Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/rideyarts/posts/1024317877711928.

-Big Oak Flat Road has had some rockfall, which should be cleaned up soon. Chains may be required later today (and the rest of the week), based on the weather forecast.

-Wawona Road (Hwy 41) has no significant issues. Chains may be required later today (and the rest of the week), based on the weather forecast.

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Thursday January 5th, 2017

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Yosemite High Water 1/5/16
Yosemite High Water  1/5/16
Yosemite High Water  1/5/16
Thursday January 5th, 2017
 
 

Flash Flood Watch in effect from January 7, 04:00 AM PST until January 9, 04:00 PM PST

Flash Flood Watch until January 5, 04:00 PM PST

Winter Storm Warning until January 5, 04:00 PM PST

 
TodayRain and snow...snow near the crest. Very windy. Snow accumulation up to 7 inches. Total snow accumulation up to 16 inches. Snow level 7500 feet. Highs 40 to 46 at 5000 feet... 32 to 37 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 60 mph...west 35 to 45 mph with gusts to around 75 mph over higher elevations.
 
TonightCloudy in the evening then clearing. A 50 percent chance of rain and snow in the evening...gusts up to 45 mph in the evening. Near the crest...a 50 percent chance of snow in the evening. Over higher elevations...southwest winds 25 to 30 mph in the evening...gusts up to 60 mph. Breezy...colder. Snow level 5500 feet. Lows 22 to 32 at 5000 feet...11 to 21 at 8000 feet.
 
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 39 to 47 at 5000 feet...33 to 38 at 8000 feet.
 
Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 

Yosemite National Park has Activated Rapid Notify

Yosemite National Park has Activated Rapid Notify to send out emergency alerts to Yosemite residents and employees.  Rapid Notify can send out these Emergency Messages through email, text, and voice messages.  If you would like to receive Yosemite specific Emergency Messages to your non-government email accounts and phone numbers, you need to self-register at http://www.rapidnotify.com/customer/Yosemite.html.  Doing so will allow you to receive alerts even when you are out of the area and off duty.  Remember that during emergencies, power outages affect your ability to receive emergency messages and you should always use your best judgment to keep yourself safe.

 

Non-NPS personnel can use this link for self registration (NPS staff can use either):

 

http://www.rapidnotify.com/customer/Yosemite.html

 

This system is available for all Yosemite employees -- NPS, concessioner, park partners, etc. Non-NPS personnel can use this link for self registration (NPS staff can use either):

 

http://www.rapidnotify.com/customer/Yosemite.html

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Yosemite National Park Expects Significant Precipitation Over the Next Several Days - News Release 

 

Flooding projected for the weekend; park closure possible. Yosemite National Park is making preparations for visitor and employee safety in response to weather reports predicting significant precipitation, and possible flooding, over the next several days and through the weekend. The predictions for significant rainfall in Yosemite Valley, well above flood stage on the Merced River, could prompt the park to be closed in the next few days. People planning trips to the park, beginning tomorrow, Thursday January 5, 2017, should make alternate plans if the park does close.

The park experienced a significant flood event in January 1997, which caused extensive damage to park roads, campgrounds, lodging, and utilities. The park was closed until March 1997 due to extensive damage to the park’s infrastructure. During the closure, there was no running water and electricity was intermittent. Since the 1997 flood, the park has made significant improvements to park roads and facilities. Yosemite National Park officials continue to monitor the weather forecast and will make decisions in the next day or two based on the forecast, and the ability of the park to safely accommodate visitors and employees. For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200 and press 1. Updated information is also available on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/yose (J. Richrards)

 

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Hazardous Tree Removal

Valley Forestry will be working in two locations in the valley today 1/5/17. We will be completing hazard tree  removal at Valley Clinic. We will begin removal operation on the large black oak at Ranger Club. John Ivey 209 379 1248 (J. Ivey)

 

 
 

 

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RECENT NEWS
 
Reading with a Ranger
Yosemite: "Check out" the freshly minted "Ranger Reads" inaugural issue starring Erik Westerlund: https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/historyculture/yrl-dec-2016-winter-solstice.htm
 
This also serves to officially announce the new web presence of the Yosemite Research Library. Many thanks to the Yosemite Conservancy for funding the project that made this website possible as part of the Modernization of the Research Library! (V. Sanchez)
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Sal's Thursday!
The celebration continues on Thursday evening in El Portal. Come out and enjoy mixing and mingling in the new year. YEA for 2017! (J.Chavez)
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Yosemite Valley School Speakeasy 
Please join us Saturday, January 14th at the Majestic Hotel for this 1920's inspired fundraising event which will support the students of the Yosemite National Park Valley School. The evening includes wine, beer, special time inspired cocktails, appetizers, silent auction, gaming tables, music, friends and fun. This is an adult only event and if you are interested in childcare you can contact the Yosemite Child Care Center. Tickets are on sale now they are $25 per person until January 1st at which time they will be $30 per person, tickets include 2 drink tickets. You can purchase tickets by following this link to our website  https://squareup.com/store/yosemite-valley-school-ptg (C. Archer)
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​​Balanced Rock Community Yoga 
Classes resume after the holiday break. Bring in the New Year practicing yoga and meditation with an amazing community.
 
2017 Classes:
Monday evenings 6pm-7:15pm, El Portal,  El Portal Community Hall 
Wednesday evenings 6pm-7pm, Yosemite Valley, Employee Wellness Center
 
All classes are taught by our talented volunteer staff.  There is no charge for classes and a schedule of instructors can be found here:  http://balancedrock.org/programs/ongoing-yoga-classes For more information contact:  heather@balancedrock.org (H. Sullivan)
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DICK EWART's RETIREMENT PARTY RESCHEDULED !
The retirement party for Park Ranger Dick Ewart has been rescheduled to be on Friday, January 20, from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium.  Please help spread the news. (D. Shenk)
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Housing Opportunities 
4 bedroom, 2 bath, washer, dryer, refrigerator in Jerseydale.  $1300.00 per month.
 
3 bedroom, 2 bath, all new paint, flooring, window coverings and kitchen counters. Located in Midpines $1100.00 per month. Please contact, judiebee1@mac.com for
additional information. (C. Baker)
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Attention All
As we continue to mourn the passing of Brian Chilcott many are left wondering, "Is there anything can I do?" A close friend has created a GoFundMe page to help with surgery cost for beloved dog Axel and assist Jessi through this difficult time. If you would like more information about helping Axel and Jessi please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/fundraiser-for-axel-and-jessi (H. Bromberg)
 
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Wednesday January 4th, 2017

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Rain and snow on 1/4/17
Yosemite Rain and snow on 1/4/17
Yosemite Rain and snow on 1/4/17
Wednesday January 4th, 2017
 
 
Winter Storm Warning
A Winter Storm Warning In Effect until  4pm Thursday Above 7000 Feet. Expected snow accumulation of more than 2 feet. Snow levels starting out around 6500ft today rising to 7500ft continuing through Thursday. The heavy snow will make many roads impassable and may produce widespread power outages due to the weight of the snow on tree limbs and power lines. Strong winds may  lead to blowing snow, reduced visibility and additional power  outages.
 
Today: Rain and snow...snow near the crest. Very windy. Not as cold. Snow accumulation up to 23 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 41 to 46 at 5000 feet...33 to 38 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 75 mph... Southwest 30 to 45 mph with gusts to around 80 mph over higher elevations.
 
TonightRain...snow near the crest. Snow...windy. Snow accumulation up to 14 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Lows 32 to 40 at 5000 feet...23 to 31 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 55 mph over higher elevations.
 
Tomorrow: Rain and snow...snow near the crest. Windy. Snow accumulation up to 6 inches. Snow level 7500 feet. Highs 41 to 47 at 5000 feet...32 to 37 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 60 mph over higher elevations.
 
Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 
Reading with a Ranger
Yosemite: "Check out" the freshly minted "Ranger Reads" inaugural issue starring Erik Westerlund: https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/historyculture/yrl-dec-2016-winter-solstice.htm
 
This also serves to officially announce the new web presence of the Yosemite Research Library. Many thanks to the Yosemite Conservancy for funding the project that made this website possible as part of the Modernization of the Research Library! (V. Sanchez)
_______________________
 
Sal's Thursday!
The celebration continues on Thursday evening in El Portal. Come out and enjoy mixing and mingling in the new year. YEA for 2017! (J.Chavez)
 

 

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RECENT NEWs
 
Yosemite Valley School Speakeasy 
Please join us Saturday, January 14th at the Majestic Hotel for this 1920's inspired fundraising event which will support the students of the Yosemite National Park Valley School. The evening includes wine, beer, special time inspired cocktails, appetizers, silent auction, gaming tables, music, friends and fun. This is an adult only event and if you are interested in childcare you can contact the Yosemite Child Care Center. Tickets are on sale now they are $25 per person until January 1st at which time they will be $30 per person, tickets include 2 drink tickets. You can purchase tickets by following this link to our website  https://squareup.com/store/yosemite-valley-school-ptg (C. Archer)
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​​Balanced Rock Community Yoga 
Classes resume after the holiday break. Bring in the New Year practicing yoga and meditation with an amazing community.
 
2017 Classes:
Monday evenings 6pm-7:15pm, El Portal,  El Portal Community Hall 
Wednesday evenings 6pm-7pm, Yosemite Valley, Employee Wellness Center
 
All classes are taught by our talented volunteer staff.  There is no charge for classes and a schedule of instructors can be found here:  http://balancedrock.org/programs/ongoing-yoga-classes For more information contact:  heather@balancedrock.org (H. Sullivan)
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Dick Ewart’s Retirement party is FRIDAY, January 6 !
Please join us in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Dick Ewart began his career in Yosemite in 1975 as a volunteer for the Yosemite Natural History Association and became a Ranger in 1976.  This Park Ranger Extraordinaire retired December 31, 2016.  If you would like to help us wish him all the best in his future adventures, please join us in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium on Friday, January 6, 2017 between 4:30 pm and 8:00 pm.
Mingle, meet & greet until 6:00 pm, Dinner at 6:00, Roasts and presentations 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Lasagna, salad, garlic bread, lemonade and coffee will be provided. If you can bring an appetizer or a side dish to share, that would be greatly appreciated.  BYOB. Please bring your own mess kit to assist with zero landfill.  Plates, cups and silverware will be available for those who forget.  If you wish to contribute to a retirement gift, please contact Dean Shenk in Yosemite Valley, Heidi Edgecomb in Wawona, Sally Sprouse in Hodgdon Meadow, Mariposa: Cindy Baker/Yvonne Radanovich or Heather Boothe in El Portal. (D. Shenk)
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Housing Opportunity 
3 bedroom, 2 bath, all new paint, flooring, window coverings and kitchen counters. Located in Midpines $1100.00 per month. Please contact, judiebee1@mac.com for
additional information. (C. Baker)
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Attention All
As we continue to mourn the passing of Brian Chilcott many are left wondering, "Is there anything can I do?" A close friend has created a GoFundMe page to help with surgery cost for beloved dog Axel and assist Jessi through this difficult time. If you would like more information about helping Axel and Jessi please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/fundraiser-for-axel-and-jessi (H. Bromberg)
 
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Wednesday January 4th, 2017

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday January 4th, 2017
 
 
Winter Storm Warning
A Winter Storm Warning In Effect until  4pm Thursday Above 7000 Feet. Expected snow accumulation of more than 2 feet. Snow levels starting out around 6500ft today rising to 7500ft continuing through Thursday. The heavy snow will make many roads impassable and may produce widespread power outages due to the weight of the snow on tree limbs and power lines. Strong winds may  lead to blowing snow, reduced visibility and additional power  outages.
 
Today: Rain and snow...snow near the crest. Very windy. Not as cold. Snow accumulation up to 23 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 41 to 46 at 5000 feet...33 to 38 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 75 mph... Southwest 30 to 45 mph with gusts to around 80 mph over higher elevations.
 
Tonight: Rain...snow near the crest. Snow...windy. Snow accumulation up to 14 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Lows 32 to 40 at 5000 feet...23 to 31 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 55 mph over higher elevations.
 
Tomorrow: Rain and snow...snow near the crest. Windy. Snow accumulation up to 6 inches. Snow level 7500 feet. Highs 41 to 47 at 5000 feet...32 to 37 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 60 mph over higher elevations.
 
Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

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