Yosemite National Park Friday, March 2nd, 2018

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Friday, March 2nd, 2018


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Snow showers. Strong winds. Snow accumulation up to 11 inches. Highs 34 to 40 at 5000 feet...26 to 32 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 65 mph... Southwest 35 to 50 mph with gusts to around 85 mph over higher elevations.

Tonight: Snow showers. Very windy. Colder. Snow accumulation up to 10 inches. Lows 22 to 29 at 5000 feet...11 to 17 at 8000 feet. South winds around 25 mph in the evening. Gusts up to 45 mph. Over higher elevations, southwest winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts to around 70 mph.

Tomorrow: Snow showers in the morning, then chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Snow accumulation up to 4 inches. Total snow accumulation 5 to 36 inches. Highs 31 to 36 at 5000 feet... 21 to 27 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, southwest winds around 25 mph in the morning, gusts up to 40 mph in the morning.


Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

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






YARTS Two-Day Charge/Credit/Debit Card Blackout On March 3 And 4 

Debit, credit, and charge card​s​ cannot​ ​b​e​ accepted on YARTS ​buses ​this Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and March 4.


Due to required maintenance, all YARTS debit​, ​credit​ or charge​ card systems will be offline Saturday ​and Sunday. YARTS will accept debit/credit​/charge​ cards again on ​Monday, March 5.


Drivers will only accept passes, cash or reservations during this time. YARTS apologizes for any inconvenience.​  (J. Donovan)





Seasonal Climbing Closures March 1 - July 15

Please respect nesting Peregrine Falcons in Yosemite by complying with seasonal climbing closures. Temporary closures go into effect on Thursday, March 1st at Arch Rock, B.O.L.T. Wall, Camp 4 Wall, El Capitan, Fairview Dome, Half Dome, Hetch Hetchy, Mt. Broderick, Parkline Slabs, Rhombus Wall, the Rostrum, Wawona Dome, and Yosemite Point. If you want to climb any of these areas, please check the closure notice http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/climbingclosures.htm first to make sure you are complying with the closures and not disturbing any nesting peregrines.  (S. Stock)



Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Update for February 28, 2018  



New snow:  8 inches

Total settled snow depth: 12 inches (at 8,600 feet)

High temperature: 37°F (February 25)

Low temperature:  -9°F (February 24)


Ski Conditions and Weather: Winter returned to the Yosemite high country this week with cold temperatures, high winds and newly fallen snow. The results from our snow surveys this week indicate a slightly deeper snowpack, but similar snow water content to the historically dry winter of 2015. Fortunately, the higher elevations have a deeper snowpack, thanks to a wet November. We are hopeful that more snow will be added over the next few days as a winter storm warning is in effect, with potentially the biggest storm of the season (which would not take much to exceed the 9”/24 hr. snowfall total of January 24). We shall see what March has in store….


Presently the Tioga Road is 100% snow covered from Ellery Lake to Olmsted Point. Ski conditions are good below tree line, but most alpine terrain has been hammered by the fierce southwest and northeast winds this week. This is all subject to change if the storm in the forecast comes to fruition. Wilderness travelers need to be fully self-reliant, have navigational equipment and should be prepared for blizzard-like conditions if they decide to venture out.


Avalanche and Snowpack Conditions: Please refer to the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (ESAC) for the avalanche advisory for this part of the Sierra Nevada.


Given this week’s forecast, it is very likely that the avalanche hazard will increase at any elevation that already has snow on the ground. Most aspects, especially northerly ones, have many weak layers of faceting and wind slabs that could be tested with any significant weight/new snow. Southerly aspects may have crusts that would offer a good sliding surface as well.


Wildlife: This week the wildlife was quite vocal. The squawking Steller’s jays were lingering around Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne Meadows. Coyotes were barking, great horned owls were hooting and both red and white breasted nuthatches were squeaking.


General Information: There is no phone service in Tuolumne Meadows at this time. We can be contacted regarding winter travel to Tuolumne Meadows via email, but we may be delayed in responding if we are on patrol. For permit information: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildpermits.htm. or you may contact the wilderness office at 209/372-0740. Come prepared, and please make good decisions while traveling in the wilderness this winter! Follow our blog: https://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/tmconditions.htm. Safe travels! Laura and Rob Pilewski - Tuolumne Winter Rangers (L. Pilewski)  



Appreciation To All Yosemite Park Service Personnel

The following compliment was received from a visitor through nps.gov/yose:


"I wanted to express appreciation to all Yosemite Park Personnel. I [had] a fabulous experience/trip on Feb 17 to 19th. [Even though] the park had increased visitors & road delays (due to good weather & holiday weekend), every park personnel that I interacted with had a very positive attitude & always a smile on his/her face. The positive attitude was beneficial, and made me feel better - after the many negative experiences with all the park visitors on the road/trail. Thank you for all the good work!"


Thank you to everyone in the park for continuing to demonstrate good public service.  (C. Jenkins)



Seeking Rental

Looking for housing for the 2018 summer season (May 1 – July 31) for a seasonal bird survey field crew. Anything in communities close to the park is acceptable (including El Portal, Midpines, Mariposa, Wawona, Oakhurst, or Groveland).  Please email bwilkerson@birdpop.org with any opportunities.  (S. Haultain​)



Fire Extinguisher Training March 7

YOSE Fire Prevention will be conducting Fire Extinguisher Training on the 7th of March at the El Portal Maintenance Complex. The Live Fire Fire Extinguisher will be conducted in the parking area behind the EP Maintenance Complex at 9:30 AM.Training will last 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on attendance. Currently there are 4 people signed up with up to an additional 16 spots available. 


For questions or to reserve a spot, please notify Blake Scott, the YOSE Fire Inspector at Blake_Scott@nps.gov  (B. Scott)



Don't Get Yourself In Trouble on Social Media

Did you know that, as a federal employee, you can't "like" a social media post regarding fundraising for a partisan political candidate, even off duty? 


The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has issued two documents containing guidance for federal employees on personal social media use and partisan political activity in a clear, easy-to-understand format with real world examples and a new quick reference tool.


1) The “Social Media Quick Guide” is a quick summary of what you can and can't do. 



2) The “Hatch Act Guidance on Social Media” includes a number of examples illustrating how personal social media use and the Hatch act intersect. 



In addition to the new materials, OSC’s website has comprehensive information on Hatch Act restrictions.  

https://osc.gov/Pages/HatchAct.aspx  (J. Trust)



Facility Management Software System Basic Training April 3-5

The Facility Management Software System (FMSS) is an asset management tool used by a wide range of NPS employees, including maintenance field staff, first line supervisors, chiefs of maintenance, administrative officers, and park superintendents. This is the first of three courses on the FMSS. The focus of this course is to provide an overall basic look at the FMSS and to demonstrate how the FMSS is used in the day-to-day work of facility management. 


Facilities Front Line Supervisors, Work Leaders, Field Staff, and Administrative Support Staff from other Divisions are welcome. Class size will be limited to 25 participants. Prerequisites: NPS-MNT1100, NPS-MNT1101, NPS-MNT2003. This class will take place April 3rd -5th, 8 am - 4 pm (Tuesday and Wednesday), and 8 am - 12:30 pm (Thursday). For more information contact Josh Harding at 379-1089 or josh_harding@nps.gov.



Yosemite Seasonal Physical Science Technician Positions

Job responsibilities include water and air quality monitoring, smoke monitoring in support of fire management, GIS analysis and data management, stream health assessment, surface water and groundwater monitoring, and weather tower maintenance.

Opening Date: 2/26/2018   Closing Date: 3/2/2018


For more information contact Cyndi Mattiuzzi at 209-379-1806 or Cyndi_Mattiuzzi@nps.gov.  (J. Roche)



Trail Closure Update

The Mist Trail is closed due to hazardous conditions from the John Muir Trail junction to the top of Vernal Fall. The 4 Mile Trail above the gate near Union Point is also closed until further notice due to snow and ice. (J. Hoeflich/J. Fey)



Missing Hiker Found Safe In Yosemite National Park - Yosemite News Release February  23, 2018

Alan Chow missing since Tuesday, February 20


Alan Chow, the hiker missing in Yosemite National Park since Tuesday, February 20, has been found safe today. Chow, who was backpacking alone, was spotted from a National Park Service helicopter around noon today above Wapama Fall in the Hetch Hetchy area after an extensive search the past several days. He was transported to the Hetch Hetchy Ranger Station where he is doing well. Chow sustained minor injuries and has been reunited with family members.


During the last several days, Chow stayed in his tent and was able to stay hydrated and had an adequate food supply. His preparedness and ability to make good decisions were key to his rescue and good health.


Yosemite National Park would like to thank the California Highway Patrol, Bay Area Mountain Rescue, California Office of Emergency Services, Marin County Search and Rescue, Tuolumne County Sheriffs Office, El Dorado County Sheriffs Office, Contra Costa County Search and Rescue, Southern California Winter Ski team,and YoDogs (search dogs). 


Approximately 60 people participated in the search effort since Tuesday.  (S. Gediman)






Yosemite Valley Parking and Road Work

Parking and road work is ramping up in Yosemite Valley. The first project is final paving at the Yosemite Falls Parking Area (west of Yosemite Lodge). Please direct vehicles to park at Yosemite Village or Half Dome Village as the Yosemite Falls parking lot will close. RVs may park along Stoneman Meadow or Half Dome Village. Commercial tour buses may continue to park at the Yosemite Falls parking area. Work at the Yosemite Falls Parking area is estimated to finish by the end of March.  (L. Acree)



Museum/District Building Electrical Rehab Project

This project will rehabilitate the electrical system in the Museum/District Building by installing grounding in the existing electrical circuits. The Contractor mobilized on Monday, December 18th and the project is expected to run for 6 months. The 8 parking stalls to the west of the building between the sidewalk on the south and the south end of the fence to the north will become the Contractor's staging areas.  Please do not leave any vehicles parked there on Sunday night. Thank you.  (K. White)


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