Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday, April 19th, 2018
Today: Chance of snow showers in the morning. Snow showers likely with possible showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, snow showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 70 percent. Snow accumulation up to 2 inches. Total snow accumulation up to 3 inches. Highs 41 to 47 at 5000 feet...31 to 39 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Chance of snow showers in the evening. Near the crest, chance of snow showers in the evening. Over higher elevations, northeast winds around 25 mph after midnight. Slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Breezy. Snow level 6000 feet. Lows 28 to 38 at 5000 feet...21 to 27 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 45 mph over higher elevations.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Not as cool. Highs 58 to 66 at 5000 feet...51 to 59 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
Earth Day Festival Saturday
All park employees, friends, and families are cordially invited to attend the Earth Day Festival this Saturday, April 21st, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. There will be booths from many organizations, interactive activities, face painting, activities for kids, entertainment, and a lot of fun!! All activities are family friendly and free! Please tell your family and friends. Hope to see you on Saturday for the Earth Day Festival! (S. Gediman)
Yosemite Medical Clinic Closed This Afternoon
Yosemite Medical Clinic will be closed from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 19th so that provider staff can attend essential training. As usual, ambulance service will be available by calling 911.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call the clinic at 372-4637. (C. Griffin)
Southside Drive Delays April 23-27
From Monday April 23rd thru Friday April 27th crews will be completing geotechnical borings at Pohono Bridge and Happy Isles Bridge as part of a bridge preservation project in Yosemite Valley. There will be single lane traffic control with flaggers so please use caution when traveling through the construction zone. This work is scheduled to be complete in one week, by Friday, April 27th. The following delays should be anticipated while traveling across these two bridges next week:
Monday thru Friday
6am to 5:30pm – Traffic delays up to 15 minutes (M. Pieper)
Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Update for April 18, 2018
New snow: 18 inches
Total settled snow depth: 22 inches (at 8,600 feet)
High temperature: 51°F (April 14)
Low temperature: 2°F (April 17)
Ski Conditions and Weather: This is our final post of the winter of 2018. Several storms came through the central Sierra Nevada this week leaving fresh snow and cold temperatures in their wake. This time of year the new snow generally melts pretty fast and the base depth continues to shrink. Snow coverage is still good in the Tuolumne Meadows area with 1 ½ - 3 feet on the ground. Above 9,000 feet the snow depth is 3–5 feet. The Tuolumne River has mostly melted out and is still running high and fast. All stream crossings should be approached with caution. Most lakes even above 10,000 feet are only superficially frozen. The ski conditions this week fluctuated between spring corn and mid-winter powder.
Caltrans continued their snow removal efforts on the east side of Tioga Pass this week and reached Tioga Pass before this last storm. Visitors approaching from the east should anticipate dry pavement (except any new snow that falls) east of Tioga Pass. The park will be working on the road from west to east now. Stay tuned for progress/closures and for historical opening dates. Please stay clear of any machinery to ensure your safety and the safety of the equipment operators.
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. However, in the alpine zone, pockets of wind slab exist, especially right after these quick moving storms as the new snow doesn’t bond well with the old, firm snow surfaces. Spring skiers should always keep this in mind when ascending narrow couloirs. 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 especially on steep granite domes and around rock bands.
Wildlife: Bears have been active for some time this spring as evidenced by their tracks in the snow. Coyotes in the park can also become habituated to humans. Please remember to store your food properly from these and all critters day and night while traveling in the park.
General Information: The Tuolumne Meadows Ski Hut is open. There is firewood and 8 bunks that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no phone service in Tuolumne Meadows at this time. For permit information visit https://www.nps.gov/yose/
Flags At Half Staff For Mrs. Bush
On this solemn day we mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, an outstanding and memorable woman of character. As a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Mrs. Bush lived a life that reminds us always to cherish our relationships with friends, family, and all acquaintances. In the spirit of the memory of Mrs. Bush, may we always remember to be kind to one another and to put the care of others first.
As a mark of respect for the memory of Barbara Bush, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on the day of interment. (M. Roubal)
Lunchtime Yoga in Yosemite Valley
Join in every Wednesday at 12 noon in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium for lunchtime yoga. These yoga practices are appropriate for all skill levels, and folks that have never done yoga before are encouraged to attend.
Yoga is a great way to increase flexibility, work out sore or tight muscles, and recenter in the midst of stressful days. All you need to bring is a yoga mat or two (it's a hard floor) and comfortable clothes to move around in. If you do not have a yoga mat, a soft foam sleeping pad or a few towels are good substitutes.
If you have any questions, please email Ryan at email@example.com. Hope to see you out there! (R. Kirtland)
Yosemite Conservancy Job Announcement
Multiple openings for seasonal, full time work based in Wawona, CA. Sales Information Assistants are responsible for orienting visitors to Yosemite National Park and connecting them with informative and enriching books, maps, and other merchandise. Housing available. Visit http://www.yosemiteconse
Scheduled Power Outage April 24 & 26
PG&E will be performing scheduled maintenance in the Wawona area. There will be 2 temporary short outages:
Tuesday April, 24th, 8:30am-9am
Thursday April 26th, 4pm-4:30pm
For more information contact Heather Gonzales, PG&E Outage Coordinator, at 726-5588. (K. Bablitch)
Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday April 21, 2018 - News Release April 16, 2018
Public invited to celebrate Earth Day, National Junior Ranger Day, National Park Week, Park Rx Day, and John Muir’s Birthday in Yosemite Valley
Yosemite National Park will be hosting an Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in front of the Valley Visitor Center. All activities are free for all ages and entrance to the park is free on Saturday.
Join Park Rangers and our partners and learn how we are working to preserve and protect natural and cultural resources in Yosemite National Park. The park will also be celebrating National Junior Ranger Day, National Park Week, Park Rx Day, and John Muir’s Birthday.
Some of the day’s highlights include:
- Enjoy a fun and interactive musical performance with Ranger Kate
- Visit informative and interactive booths in Yosemite Village. Enjoy face painting and traditional tool demonstrations.
- Learn how you can reduce waste at the Yosemite Zero Landfill booth. Bring an empty single-use camp propane canister and trade it in for a refillable propane canister.
- Join a litter clean-up project at the Volunteers in Parks Booth
- Junior Rangers of all ages are welcome to explore the park on a special Ranger-guided Walk at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.
- Connect with a Park Ranger and learn about bears and other wildlife that call Yosemite home.
- Visit the Happy Isles Art and Nature Center and share your love of Yosemite with an art project sponsored by Yosemite Conservancy
- Join a photo walk and explore Yosemite Valley through your camera’s lens with photographers from The Ansel Adams Gallery
- Experience how Shakespeare and Yosemite National Park come together through a free performance of UC Merced’s Shakespeare in Yosemite, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For more information, visit https://
- And much more!
The weekend of April 21 and 22, 2018 will be very busy in Yosemite National Park. Visitors planning to join us are encouraged to plan their trips in advance. Parking areas throughout the park are expected to fill early in the day.
Visitor parking will be available at the Yosemite Village Parking Area and at Half Dome Village. Visitors are encouraged to park and utilize the free park shuttle to get to the Yosemite Valley Village and Visitor Center.
Public transportation is a wonderful way to visit Yosemite Valley. YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) buses run multiple times daily and provide visitors with a safe and convenient way to visit the park. YARTS buses will be Free on April 21 and April 22, 2018. For more information, visit https://yarts.com/news/