Yosemite National Park Monday, July 24th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Monday, July 24th, 2017


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 82 to 90 at 5000 feet... 69 to 77 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Near the crest, mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Colder. Lows 56 to 66 at 5000 feet...44 to 54 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Near the crest, slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon, chance of thunderstorms 50 percent. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 80 to 88 at 5000 feet... 68 to 76 at 8000 feet.


Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

Yosemite Valley  |  Wawona  |  Tuolumne Meadows  |  Glacier Point |  Big Oak Flat  |  Hetch Hetchy  |  El Portal  |  Mariposa | Badger Pass






Yosemite Theater Returns Tuesday

Yosemite Conservancy evening programs at Yosemite Theater are expected to resume on Tuesday, July 25th with the regularly scheduled YOSAR show hosted by John Dill!  (C. Botell)



Temporary Promotion/Detail: Tree Worker Supervisor, WS-5042-10

This is a temporary developmental assignment NTE 120 days. 

Opening Date: 7/21/2017     Closing Date: 7/28/2017     Target EOD: asap


For more information contact Brian Mattos at 379-1113 or brian_s_mattos@nps.gov  (K. Lewis)



California Naturalist Immersion Course

The California Naturalist Immersion Course will be offered from October 1-7, 2017.  This course offers professional certification as a California Naturalist through University of California extension, and is available for UC course credit. The one-week Sierra Nevada Immersion Course begins at the UC Merced Yosemite Field Station in Wawona, where students will explore the west side of Yosemite National Park for three days. The course takes advantage of the natural gradient in climate, geology, and ecology as the class transitions over Tioga Pass through Tuolumne Meadows, the Mono Lake basin and the Eastern Sierra to the UCSB Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory, where the remaining three days of the course will be spent in and around Mammoth Lakes. This is the first year and the first California Naturalist course to offer such a range of California natural history. For more information and the application, go to: http://snrs.ucmerced.edu/calnat. Applications are due August 10th.  (A. Kelly)



Hetch Hetchy Resource Guide Now Available

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, in partnership with Yosemite National Park, has put together a resource guide about the Hetch Hetchy Water System. This guide was specifically designed as a tool to help park employees learn about the water system and the partnership between the two organizations. Check it out on SharePoint at: http://sharepoint.yose.nps.gov/Supt/hetchy/Shared%20Documents/YNP%20Interpretive%20Resource%20Gde_rye_051617.pdf


For more information, or to get a copy of the Resource Guide, contact Heather Boothe at 372-0238 or heather_boothe@Nps.gov.  (H. Boothe)



Yosemite National Park Remains Open - Yosemite News Release July 21, 2017

Yosemite Valley accessible via Highways 140, 120, and 41


Yosemite National Park remains open with all hotels, lodges, stores and campgrounds that have opened for the season fully open and operational. All entrances to Yosemite National Park are open. Visitors can get to Yosemite Valley via Highway 140 from Mariposa, Highway 41 from Fresno, Highway 120 West from Groveland, and Highway 120 East from Lee Vining and US Route 395.


Interested in visiting Yosemite this weekend? There are rooms in Yosemite Valley available for Saturday and Sunday at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel, Yosemite Valley Lodge, and Half Dome Village. For more information on lodging, visit http://www.travelyosemite.com or call 888-413-8869.


“We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Cal Fire and all of the other agencies who have been working to suppress the Detwiler Fire,” stated Acting Superintendent Chip Jenkins. “Yosemite National Park and its employees are grateful for their hard work and dedication to fight this fire. We are always proud to work with Cal Fire and all of our sister agencies to help support our gateway communities.”   


Air quality in Yosemite Valley and throughout the park has been impacted by smoke from the Detwiler Fire. Visitors coming to Yosemite who are sensitive to smoke or suffer from respiratory problems are encouraged to minimize outdoor activities. For updated information on air quality in Yosemite National Park, visit https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/nature/aqmonitoring.htm


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. Richards)






Wawona Road Delays Near South Entrance

7-14-17: Crews are continuing the Rehabilitation of the Wawona Road.  This work will continue over the next 3 months.  At this time there is no weekend or night time work scheduled. The current work zone along Wawona Road is 1 mile south and 1/2 mile north of the South Entrance intersection.  The current traffic delays are as follows:


Monday thru Friday

6:00 AM to 8:00 AM 15-Minute Delays With Alternating One-Way Traffic

8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 30-Minute Delays With Alternating One-Way Traffic

3:00 PM to 5:30 PM 15-Minute Delays With Alternating One-Way Traffic

(Pilot cars may be used to escort vehicles thru the construction zones.)  (M. Pieper)



El Portal Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation – Phase 1

7-17-21: Contractor will be installing the force main on Foresta Rd. One-way traffic control on Foresta Road is expected this week. Please watch for workers on the road and stopped traffic. For additional information please visit the Construction Update Boards located at the Post Office and El Portal Market. For any further questions or concerns, please contact Jamie Richards at jamie_richards@nps.gov.  (G. Chun, Y. Lugo, J. Richards)



Yosemite Valley Road Work 

Work crews are on schedule to finish work on Northside Drive in west Yosemite Valley between the Bridalveil View pullout and Pohono Bridge by the end of July. One lane will remain open at all times. Crews also expect to complete construction on Southside Drive between Housekeeping Camp and Half Dome Village by the end of July.  (L. Acree)




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