Yosemite National Park Thursday, March 15th, 2018

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Thursday, March 15th, 2018


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Mostly cloudy. Near the crest, slight chance of snow showers in the morning, then chance of snow in the afternoon. Over higher elevations, west winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph in the afternoon. A 50 percent chance of snow in the afternoon. Breezy. Highs 37 to 42 at 5000 feet...27 to 32 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Windy. Lows 25 to 33 at 5000 feet...16 to 22 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 40 mph after midnight. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 55 mph over higher elevations.

Tomorrow: Snow showers. Showers in the afternoon. Windy. Snow accumulation up to 15 inches. Highs 35 to 40 at 5000 feet...26 to 31 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 60 mph over higher elevations.


Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

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






Water Outage Today

The date for the 10am water outage affecting the east end of the Maintenance Complex Building  should be Thursday, March 15th. The upstairs bathrooms will be available for use. For more information contact George Harders at 379-1828.  (G. Harders/M. Matheson)


Ranger-led Snowshoe Walks on Thurs/Fri Start Today

The ranger led snowshoe walks at 10:30am begin today March 15th, running as listed in the Yosemite Guide on Thursday and Friday only. Please note, if people are asking about the snowshoe walk on Thursdays, alert them that there will be no bathrooms available at the YSSA area. The closest bathrooms will be at Chinquapin, or at Summit Meadow, which is 1 mile from YSSA up the Glacier Point Road.  (S. Miyako)


Croaking Toad March 22 

The next Croaking Toad Presentation will take place on Thursday, March 22nd from 8 am to 9 am in the El Portal Maintenance Complex Large Breakroom. Athena Demetry will be giving a presentation on SEKI's Halstead Meadow Restoration: A preview of the Ackerson Meadow Restoration?  The approaches and techniques from the Halstead Meadow Project may be applicable to the future Ackerson Meadow Restoration, which is entering the planning phase. Come and learn about these two projects.  (M. Thornley)



Cancelled Operational Leadership Class 3/19

The Operational Leadership course scheduled for 3/19 has been cancelled. For more information call Mike Doyle at 379-1072.  (M. Doyle)



Lunchtime Yoga Cancelled This Week & Rescheduled Next Week

Due to a scheduling conflict in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium, this week's lunchtime yoga has been cancelled.


After receiving feedback from regular participants, weekly practice will be changed to Wednesdays. Lunchtime Yoga will resume next Wednesday, March 21st at 12 noon. Hope to see you there!  (R. Kirtland)



Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Update for March 14, 2018  



New snow: 6 inches

Total settled snow depth: 28 inches (at 8,600 feet)

High temperature: 48°F (March 11)

Low temperature: 10°F (March 9)


Ski Conditions and Weather: The weather this week was dominated by spring like temperatures and ski conditions, although dry powder snow could still be found on north aspects, and at the highest elevations. The snow surface elsewhere was more spring like after numerous melt freeze cycles this week. Of course, that is all now buried beneath the six inches (and counting) of high density snow that fell last night. The snow and ski conditions are much more dynamic this time of year. On Mt. Dana the other day we found dry powder snow at the top and corn snow at the bottom. If one is fortunate enough to hit it right, the Sierra Nevada is a premier place to ski! With more snow in the forecast, visitors should be prepared for changing conditions and increased avalanche hazard.


The Tioga Road is mostly snow covered from the gate in Lee Vining Canyon to Tioga Pass. It is 100% snow covered from Tioga Pass westward to Crane Flat.


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


The snowpack had a chance to stabilize this week with the warm and calm weather. We did not observe any new avalanche activity following the cycle that occurred the first week of March after the big storm. We still find the persistent weak layer of faceted snow buried deeply near the ground on north aspects between 9,000 feet and 10,000 feet but did not find it to be reactive.  This avalanche problem should be considered carefully by wilderness travelers when travelling on or beneath these slopes, particularly after recent loading of new snow. The new snow that is presently falling with strong southwest winds will again introduce the possibility of wind and storm slab avalanches. Visitors should look at the daily avalanche advisory from ESAC before venturing into the wilderness.


Wildlife: Although it is snowing again, spring was in the air this week. We awoke to hear the first red-winged blackbird stake his claim to Soda Springs in Tuolumne Meadows. The red flash under the wings of the northern flicker was also seen several times between here and Tioga Pass. And, for the first time this year we saw the beautiful golden eagle soar overhead on a clear day near Gaylor Peak.


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. March miracles! Laura and Rob Pilewski - Tuolumne Winter Rangers (L. Pilewski) 






Retirement Get Together For Diane Stewart March 19 Diane Stewart will be retiring.after nearly 20 years of service with NPS in Yosemite. She has worked in various positions in Yosemite the last one being with RMS as a Budget Analyst. Please join RMS for a snack potluck. Let's  send Diane off with well wishes and thanks for her many years of service. 

Monday, March 19th, 

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, El Portal

 Large Break Room. (M. Thornley)



Farewell Tim And Annette Saturday

Retirement and Going Away Party March 17th for Tim Yett, RN and Annette Yett from Yosemite Medical Clinic 


After seven years, friends and coworkers will bid farewell to Yosemite Medical Clinic's nurse Tim Yett and his wife, YMC's medical support assistant Annette Yett. Please join in for a potluck style party on March 17th at 5PM at Residence 65 (behind the clinic) to celebrate and wish them well. All Yosemite community, friends and family are invited. Sign up for potluck items at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_VSX6S7pb5NDWhXdVmeSiMO17OhDWx2NwkoHLxLt38E/edit#gid=0


For more information call 372-0803 and ask for Jennifer or Casey.  (J. Marshall)



Rangers' Club Parking Lot

The Rangers' Club parking lot is experiencing significant use by GOVs and staff personal vehicles. Please note that this parking lot is for Rangers' Club residents and guests only. Please remove all GOVs and personal vehicles from this parking lot if you are not a resident or guest.  (D. Miyako)



2019 YC Grants - Call for Executive Summary Proposals

It's time once again to start applying for 2019 Yosemite Conservancy Grants. The first step is writing up an Executive Summary for approval by your Division Chief. Information about the 2019 grant process in general, and the Exec Summary process specifically, is available at:

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The Executive Summary Form is a google form this year. Click the link to access.

For more information contact Heather Boothe at 372-0238 or  heather_boothe@nps.gov  (H. Boothe)


Women's History Month -  Claire Marie Hodges, 1890–1970

Each week during the month of March, organizers of the Women’s Leadership Symposium highlight a famous woman from Yosemite's History.  


In 1918, During World War I, long before Rosie the Riveter was the face of a campaign to enlist women into the defense and manual labor sectors;  Claire Marie Hodges asked the superintendent of Yosemite if she could become a park ranger. The local schoolteacher was granted her request, probably in part due to the lack of men available for work at the time, and became the first female park ranger in the National Park Service. During her season of service, she refused to carry a gun, and was responsible for leading mounted patrols through the night down from Tuolumne Meadows to park headquarters, as well as mounted wilderness patrols. She wore a ranger hat and badge, but women in the National Park Service were not offered official uniforms until 1947, and weren’t allowed to wear the same uniforms as men until the 1970s. Claire Hodges provided valuable service to the park in the face of stereotypes of the time, working hard in her chosen field, and continuing on to contribute to the Yosemite outdoors community through her life.  (E. Wold)



Room For Rent Available April 1st: Triangle Road In Mariposa

Private bedroom for rent in a two bed, one bath home on Triangle Road. House is on 4.5 acres, and is a six minute drive from Hwy 140, 15 minutes from Mariposa.  Wood stove heat only.  Swamp cooler does a great job cooling in summer. Utilities per occupant range from $20 per mo in summer to $70 per mo in winter. Peaceful, quiet, lovely property. Rent is $475 per mo, security deposit $475. Looking for a longer term occupant, preference given to someone with consistent year round area employment. If interested, please contact Kate Gunsolus as soon as possible at 920-723-1847 or kate.gunsolus@gmail.com  (K. Gunsolus)



Home for Rent

3 bedroom 2 bath home on East Whitlock Road in the "Pride of the Sierras" (Midpines). $1500 per month not including utilities. Washer/Dryer onsite. Two car attached garage. Plenty of storage space. One year lease preferred. No pets/smokers. Call Virgia at 731-695-5048 for more information.  (W. Bryan)


Seeking Rental

Looking for housing, starting work in Wawona on April 1st and working through summer and fall. Anything in the south side of the park near Wawona, Fish Camp or Oakhurst area is preferred.  Please email monik812@hotmail.com with any opportunities.  (M. Medina)






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.  (K. White)


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