Yosemite National Park Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
 
Winter Storm Warning in effect from March 20, 05:00 PM PDT until March 22, 11:00 PM PDT
Today: Slight chance of snow in the morning, then snow likely and chance of rain in the afternoon. Near the crest, chance of snow in the morning, then snow likely in the afternoon. Over higher elevations, southwest winds around 25 mph in the morning, gusts up to 40 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation 70 percent. Snow accumulation up to 2 inches. Snow level 6500 feet. Highs 48 to 56 at 5000 feet...42 to 48 at 8000 feet.
TonightSnow, rain, windy. Snow accumulation up to 8 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Lows 33 to 43 at 5000 feet...26 to 32 at 8000 feet. South winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph after midnight. Over higher elevations, southwest winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts to around 65 mph.
TomorrowRain...snow near the crest. Snow. Very windy. Snow accumulation up to 11 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 47 to 54 at 5000 feet...42 to 48 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 55 mph in the afternoon. Over higher elevations, southwest winds 25 to 35 mph in the morning increasing to 40 to 50 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 75 mph over higher elevations.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 
Base Camp Eatery Open
Base Camp Eatery, formerly the Food Court at Yosemite Valley Lodge, opened on schedule on March 16 after an extensive renovation which began in November 2017. Base Camp Eatery, which includes a Starbucks coffee bar, is open daily from 6:30 am – 10 pm serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The new dining experience offers greater menu variety, new recipes using local/seasonal ingredients with a greater emphasis on front-of-house cooking and fresh food concepts, and grab-and-go selections. The new interior design and concept honors the history of rock climbing in Yosemite while preserving the historic character of the unique 1958 building. Base Camp Eatery represents Yosemite Hospitality’s latest capital improvement project and continued investment in modernizing hospitality offerings and enhancing guest experiences at Yosemite National Park. (E. Davenport and L. Cesaro)
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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)
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Recent Publications: Sierra Nevada Network Inventory & Monitoring Program
The Sierra Nevada Network Inventory & Monitoring Program (SIEN) conducts natural resource inventories and long-term monitoring projects in Devils Postpile National Monument, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and Yosemite National Park. Following are recent publications from SIEN projects.

Gage, E. A., J. C. B. NesmithL. Chow, A. Chung-MacCoubrey, D. J. Cooper, A. M. EddyS. A. Haultain, J. G. Holmquist, J. R. Jones, L. R. Jones, S. T. McKinney, P. E. Moore, L. S. Mutch, L. A. H. Starcevich, and H. Werner. 2018. Wetlands ecological integrity monitoring protocol for Sierra Nevada Network: Narrative version 2.1. Natural Resource Report NPS/SIEN/NRR—2018/1601. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

The following annual reports capture the highlights from our white pine monitoring project for 2015 and 2016. In this project, we monitor populations of whitebark pine in Sequoia & Kings Canyon and Yosemite national parks, and foxtail pine in Sequoia & Kings Canyon.

Nesmith, J. C. B. 2017. Sierra Nevada Network white pine monitoring: 2015 annual report. Natural Resource Data Series NPS/SIEN/NRDS—2017/1141. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Nesmith, J. C. B. 2018. Sierra Nevada Network white pine monitoring: 2016 annual report. Natural Resource Data Series NPS/SIEN/NRDS—2018/1150. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

For  gritty statistical details of trend estimation for complex survey designs in monitoring projects, the authors feature water chemistry data from SIEN’s lake monitoring project in these trend estimation analyses.

Starcevich, L. A. H., T. McDonald, A. Chung-MacCoubrey, A. HeardJ. Nesmith, and T. Philippi. 2018. Methods for estimating trend in continuous response variables from complex survey designs. Natural Resource Report NPS/NRSS/IMD/NRR—2018/1584. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.
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Rooms for Rent
Rooms for rent in a beautiful, large 4+ bed/2.5 bath home, nestled in the hills off the 140, near the border of Mariposa and Midpines. Home is on 5 quiet acres, surrounded by great views which you can see from bedroom windows. $550/month per room, plus a portion of utilities. Email synchronicity.support@gmail.com if you're interested. (K. Indigo)

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RECENT NEWS
 
Hooting Owl Lecture Series
Join Sarah Stock for a hopeful presentation on how the dire fate of animals in Yosemite is being reversed. She will talk about restoring the endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, protecting Peregrine Falcons, and discovering the elusive Sierra Nevada red fox. These recovery stories in Yosemite demonstrate that good things are possible when we boldly address past mistakes.This Hooting Owl Lecture Series will take place on Thursday, March 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Wawona Community Center. Doors open at 6:00 pm.  (S. Stock)
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Rock Debris on Park Roads
With a wet storm arriving on Tuesday, drivers are reminded of the greater likelihood of encountering rock debris on park roads during wet weather.  Although rockfalls are always possible along all park roadways, they tend to happen more often during winter storms.  

The area affected by the June 12, 2017 rockfall at Parkline Slab (downhill of Dog Rock) may be particularly prone to storm-triggered rockfalls, as there is abundant loose debris on the bedrock slope above the road that is likely to be mobilized by significant rainfall. Those driving the El Portal Road should be especially vigilant for rock debris below Parkline Slab during or immediately after rainstorms, and be aware that road closures may occur in response to these storms. 

If you encounter rock debris on the road, please report it to Park Dispatch.  Do not attempt to remove debris yourself – leave that task to road crews equipped to do so safely.  (G. Stock)  
 
 
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
 
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)
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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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