Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, April 6th, 2018
Flood Watch in effect from April 6, 11:00 PM PDT until April 8, 11:00 AM PDT
Today: Showers likely in the morning, then rain in the afternoon. Near the crest, showers likely in the morning, then rain and snow in the afternoon. Over higher elevations, west winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 75 mph in the morning. Windy. Snow accumulation up to 8 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 50 to 58 at 5000 feet...49 to 55 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Rain, breezy. Lows 39 to 49 at 5000 feet...32 to 40 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 55 mph over higher elevations.
Tomorrow: Rain in the morning. Showers in the afternoon, gusts up to 40 mph in the afternoon. Near the crest, showers in the afternoon. Over higher elevations, gusts up to 55 mph in the morning increasing to 75 mph in the afternoon. Windy. Snow accumulation up to 10 inches. Total snow accumulation up to 22 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 53 to 59 at 5000 feet...47 to 53 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 30 to 40 mph over higher elevations.
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Yosemite National Park Expects Significant Impacts from Incoming Storm - News Release April 5, 2018 5:30 pm
Yosemite Valley to close to visitors on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 5:00 pm
Yosemite National Park expects significant impacts from a storm coming in from the Pacific and Yosemite Valley will be closed to park visitors on Friday, April 6 at 5:00 pm. All campgrounds and visitor lodging in Yosemite Valley will close Friday afternoon and reservations for Friday evening, April 6, and Saturday evening, April 7, have been cancelled.
Overnight and day visitors to Yosemite Valley are asked to leave by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 6 to ensure visitor safety. Access to Yosemite Valley will be closed along the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) at the Foresta Road Junction, along with the Wawona Road (Highway 41) at Chinquapin, and along Highway 140 at the Park boundary in El Portal. After the storm passes, roadway and facility conditions in the park will be assessed and a timeline will be determined when Yosemite Valley will reopen to park visitors.
Visitor services and campgrounds remain open in Wawona, Hodgen Meadow, Crane Flat, and El Portal. The Big Trees Lodge, the El Portal Market, and the El Portal gas station are anticipated to remain open during the storm. Roadways and park facilities may close at any time for visitor and employee safety.
YARTS buses will be on their regular schedule on Friday, April 6. However, all YARTS service to Yosemite Valley will be suspended on Saturday and Sunday. As conditions change, the YARTS schedule will be evaluated. All visitors who have arrived to Yosemite Valley via YARTS are strongly encouraged to leave the park on Friday. For more information on YARTS, visit www.yarts.com.
Visitors planning to travel to Yosemite National Park over the weekend are highly encouraged to make alternative travel plans. Yosemite National Park and the entire central Sierra Nevada region expect significant impacts from the incoming storm.
For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200, press 1 and press 1 again. Updated information is also available on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/yose. (J. Richards)
YARTS Service Suspension
In consideration of the weather forecast and road closures, YARTS is curtailing operations over the next few days. Please help spread word among those who may depend on YARTS for any transportation needs today and through the weekend.
Inbound runs 1, 2, and 3 will operate as scheduled. Runs 4, 5, and 6 are canceled.
Outbound runs 7, 8, 9, and 10 will operate as scheduled. Runs 11 and 12 are canceled.
(For reference, the YARTS schedule is posted online.)
On Saturday and Sunday, assuming no further road closures, YARTS service will operate on a revised schedule between Merced and Mariposa only. Go to YARTS.com for more information. (J. Donovan)
Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Update for April 4, 2018
New snow: None
Total settled snow depth: 30 inches (at 8,600 feet)
High temperature: 54°F (April 1)
Low temperature: 19°F (April 2)
Ski Conditions and Weather: This week was dominated by spring weather and ski conditions. High temperatures were in the 50°F’s each day with lows below freezing overnight. This is the perfect recipe for corn snow to develop at the snow surface. It did not take long to make this transition from winter to spring snow after a cold and snowy March. Presently all aspects below 10,000 feet, the Tioga Road, Tuolumne Meadows, and area drainages are good spring ski conditions starting late morning and going into the late afternoon. Above 10,000 feet it is a mixed bag of wind affected dry snow, wind board, wet powder, and hard melt-freeze crusts. Conditions will be changing yet again as an approaching “atmospheric river” weather event will impact the area Thursday night through Saturday. This looks like a warm and wet storm with very high (over 10,000 feet) snow levels. Wilderness travelers should use extra caution and expect dramatically changing conditions until this weather system passes on Sunday.
Caltrans has started clearing avalanche debris from the east side of the Tioga Road in several locations below 9000 feet. Presumably they will be making their way towards Tioga Pass during the next several weeks. Visitors approaching Tuolumne Meadows from Lee Vining should anticipate bare pavement up to around the Warren Fork and creeping higher as the snow removal efforts continue. Please stay clear of all machinery while on this stretch of road.
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 avalanche hazard in the Tuolumne Meadows area is presently low. The warm temperatures and overnight freezes have stabilized the snowpack at all aspects and elevations. Wet slides are still possible during the heat of the day on steep granite domes and around rock bands. Conditions will be changing with the approaching wet weather. Wilderness travelers should get the latest avalanche forecast from the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center prior to starting their trip.
Wildlife: Birding season has begun in the high country! The American robin, mountain bluebird, song sparrow, northern flicker, hairy woodpecker, red-breasted sapsucker, mountain chickadee, dark-eyed junco, red crossbill, Cassin’s finch, western meadowlark, red-winged blackbird, red-breasted nuthatch, white-breasted nuthatch, brown creeper, great horned owl, Townsend’s solitaire, Steller’s jay, and Clark’s nutcracker were all seen or heard in the greater Tuolumne Meadows area. Additionally, northern pygmy owl and sooty grouse were both heard in the Snow Creek drainage.
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 go to https://www.nps.gov/yose/pl
NatureBridge Summer Backpacking Program for Teens in Yosemite and Olympic National Parks Builds Future Scientists and Leaders - News Release March 28, 2018
Registration is open for summer backpacking programs
Yosemite National Park, March 28, 2018 - NatureBridge, the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service, leads life-changing backpacking programs for high school students in Yosemite and Olympic National Parks each summer. These one-week and two-week programs offer the perfect mix of backpacking, science, and adventure and give participants the opportunity to conduct field science investigations in two of the most iconic national parks in the country.
While backpacking with NatureBridge, students design their own environmental science project, strengthen their leadership skills, and form friendships with peers from all different backgrounds. Students have used their NatureBridge summer backpacking experience and research for high school capstone projects, college entrance essays, and job resumes. This challenging and fun adventure has been one of the most meaningful and rewarding high school experiences for many participants.
“By gaining a stronger relationship with nature and discovering a deeper part of myself, I now see the influence of my actions and the amount of power that I have in creating change,” wrote Marisa, 2017 participant. “This experience gave me an incredible sense of bravery to be the person that I want to be and that I know I am.”
For Summer 2018, students may choose from two-week sessions in Yosemite National Park (June 24 – July 7 or July 15 – July 28), and one-week and two-week sessions in Olympic National Park (July 15 – July 21 or July 22 – August 3, respectively).
No backpacking experience is necessary and financial aid is available!
Students and parents who are interested are encouraged to contact Katie Draude, NatureBridge Summer Programs Manager, at 415-598-9832 or email@example.com.
To learn more about NatureBridge’s Summer Backpacking visit naturebridge.org/summerb
Founded in 1971, NatureBridge provides environmental science programs for students in the world’s best classrooms—our national parks. These residential programs connect students to the wonder and science of nature and inspire the stewards of tomorrow. As the largest residential education partner of the National Park Service, NatureBridge serves more than 30,000 participants each year and offers programs in six national parks: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Channel Islands National Park, and Prince William Forest Park. For more information, visit naturebridge.org. NatureBridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has a diverse group of partners, including Klean Kanteen, National Geographic Society--Education Department, National Parks Conservation Association, Oracle, and REI. For more information, visit: naturebridge.org (J. Richards)
Spring Bear Dance Ceremony This Weekend
The Spring Bear Dance Ceremony will be held this Saturday and Sunday, April 7th to April 8th, at the Village of Ahwahnee behind the Valley Visitor Center. Please refrain from parking on either side of Village Drive near the cemetery or near the valley gas pumps/AT&T building from Friday evening through Sunday to facilitate parking for the event. (B. Cunningham-Summerfield)
Temporary Promotion Opportunity - Facility Operations Specialist GS-1640-12
The Division of Business and Revenue Management is seeking candidates for a Temporary Promotion to the Facility Operations Specialist (Concessions), GS-1640-12 position. This temporary promotion is not to exceed 1 year, with possible extensions up to 5 years, and the
temporary promotion may be made permanent without further competition, all at management's discretion. This opportunity is open to current permanent YOSE employees only and closes on 4/9/18.
If you would like more information on this opportunity please click the link below. In addition, you must use the link to apply for this position as it will not come up in USAJobs with a search. Applications will not be accepted by email - you must apply through the announcement. The link is also located on the YOSE Sharepoint site.
If you have any questions about this position, please contact Sheri Chacon at 209-372-0316 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (K. Lewis)
Yosemite Forum April 10 3:30-4:30PM
"Soil microbial ecology of the Western US: Predictions for a warm and fiery future" by Nick Dove, UC Merced
Soil microbial communities are key mediators of soil organic carbon, which constitutes a major portion of the global carbon pool. Temperature, nutrient availability, and fire frequency/severity are expected to vary in response to climate change, but uncertainties about the response of microbial community composition, activity, gene expression, and physiology limits the ability to predict the stability of soil carbon pools.This talk will explore how warming, fire, nutrient cycles and microbes interact now and into the future.
Please contact Garrett Dickman 379-3282 for additional information. (G. Dickman)
El Portal Housing Fire Extinguishers
All employees living in park housing in El Portal - it is time for fire extinguishers to be replaced. Bring your fire extinguishers to El Portal Buildings & Grounds Operations to exchange for new fire extinguishers. For more information and directions call Chris Gatemen at 379-1033 or Alan Hawksley at 379-1280. (D. Jordan)
Help Wanted at the El Portal Market
Many positions are opening up in May. Come down to the store and speak with the Manager Monday through Friday, or ask the cashier for an application. For more information call 347-2440 or email Ross Mathewson at rmathewson@nspconcessions.
House for Rent
3 bedroom/3 bath house for rent on Campbell Way in Mariposa. New wood floor, new bathroom tile, fireplace, back deck with view of town, very large yard with plenty of room to garden. Adjacent to open space, trails to Stockton Reservoir. 2 minute walk to the Yarts stop, 3 minutes walk to Pony Expresso and High Country Health Food & Cafe! Washer/dryer. Parking on site. Month to month lease. $1800/month, plus utilities. Please email email@example.com