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Yosemite National Park Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy. Breezy. Highs 63 to 73 at 5000 feet... 54 to 62 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, southwest winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then clearing. A 50 percent chance of showers in the evening. Near the crest, a 50 percent chance of snow showers in the evening. Windy, colder. Snow level above 8000 feet. Lows 35 to 45 at 5000 feet...27 to 35 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 50 mph over higher elevations.

Tomorrow: Sunny in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Slight chance of rain in the afternoon. Near the crest, slight chance of snow in the afternoon. Windy. Highs 54 to 62 at 5000 feet...47 to 53 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 55 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






Yosemite Forum Today 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)


Dispatch Appreciation Week April 8-14

This week is National Public Safety Telecommunications week! Yosemite National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park, and Devil’s Postpile National Monument residents and visitors are fortunate to have 24/7 coverage from the following highly skilled and dedicated professionals. The sacrifices made by dispatchers, and their families, frequently go unnoticed, so this is the perfect week to acknowledge:


Chrissy Mitchell

Lonnie Lawhon

Stephen Asbury

Tess Morin

Erin Wolff

Brian Turner

Christina "CC" Chavez


Thank you all!  (N. Phillipe)


Power Outages In El Portal Trailer Court April 20

The following locations in the El Portal Trailer Court are expected to experience power outages on Friday, April 20th from 10am to 4pm. 

Government Trailer Park SP 19

G1,2,3,6,8,11,12,13, 20, 22, 28  (S. Gaynor)



Campground Openings

Hodgdon Meadow and Wawona Campgrounds returned to reservations yesterday, April 9. For current campground status, please call 209-372-0266, or check recreation.gov.  (E. Bissmeyer)


Research Library Closed Until April 16

The Research Library is closed until April 16, 2018, while Virginia is away on military duty. Please access this website to contact the Archives or Museum for assistance: https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/historyculture/collections.htm  (V. Sanchez)



Room For Rent

One bedroom for rent in a shared three bedroom/two bath fully furnished house, including washer/dryer. Very nice house located in the quiet Sky Ranch neighborhood north of Oakhurst, just 20 minutes from the Park's South Entrance. $400/month plus utilities and security deposit. Contact yosefamfour@gmail.com or 375-9947.  (C. Andrews)






JSTOR Global Plants Database Now Available To All NPS Employees

The Department of the Interior library has just announced that the Global Plants database from JSTOR has been added to the electronic subscriptions available to all DOI employees. It can be accessed through https://plants.jstor.org


Global Plants is a database of plant type specimens, reference works, and primary sources and is an essential resource for research in botany, ecology, and conservation studies. It contains more than two million high-resolution type specimens, and this number continues to grow. Partner-contributed reference works and primary sources, such as collectors' correspondence and diaries, paintings, drawings, and photographs, are also housed in Global Plants.


The Department of the Interior Library maintains subscriptions to a number of electronic journals and databases. These resources are available to all Department of the Interior employees!  Any NPS employee or volunteer who is on a NPS network connection, or on the VPN, can access the resources that DOI Library has subscribed to. Check out this page on the DOI Library

website for more information: https://www.doi.gov/library/electronic  (V. Sanchez)



Room Rental In Midpines

Looking for 1 roommate in a 3 bedroom house in Midpines starting May 1st. The house is beautiful A frame with wraparound porch and beautiful views of the foothills, a mile from 140 off of Ponderosa Way. House includes clothes washer on site (no dryer), sink has disposal. The bedroom for rent is approximately 14' x 14' with big closet (not included in 14' x 14' measurement) and personal 1/2 bathroom. Rent is $350/month, utilities (internet/electric) are split monthly among roommates. No pets. Preferably someone with long term work/stability, but considerations made on case by case basis. Contact Anna Puchkoff at anna.puchkoff@gmail.com for more information.  (A. Puchkoff)



Room For Rent On 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. Woodstove heat only. Swamp cooler does a great job cooling in summer. Utilities per occupant range from $20 per month in summer to $70 per month in winter. Peaceful, quiet, lovely property. Washer and dryer on site.


Rent is $475 per month with a one year lease, $550 per month to rent on a month-to-month basis.  Security deposit is $475. If interested, please contact Kate Gunsolus at 920-723-1847 or kate.gunsolus@gmail.com   (K. Gunsolus)






Glacier Point Road

Road crews have begun snow removal operations on the Glacier Point Road beyond Badger Pass. The gate at Chinquapin is now closed and locked. There is no public access. Administrative Access will be authorized only between Chinquapin and Badger. Recreational activities such as bicycling will not be allowed on the road during this time.  (E. Scott)



Yosemite Valley Parking and Road Work

Final paving on Northside Drive between Bank 3-Way (Sentinel Dr.) and Camp 4 is scheduled for April 16th through April 18th. The park plans to close this road segment and enact temporary 2-way detours on Northside Dr. and Southside Dr. to complete paving within this time frame. Visitors may park at the Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Village parking lots. Contractors will pave the Yosemite Falls and Camp 4 Parking Areas after completing Northside Dr.


Due to weather delays, the Yosemite Falls Parking Area will remain closed through most of April. Next week contractors will also finish building the curbs at the Curry 4-Way intersection (near Half Dome Village). There will be a flagger and short delays at the intersection.  (L. Acree)



El Portal Road Delays Update 3/28

Crews have re-mobilized to finish working on the storm damage repairs from last year.  Delays will continue up to Memorial Day weekend. Crews will be working on the El Portal Road between the western Park boundary (Yosemite View Lodge) and the Big Oak Flat Intersection. There will be single lane traffic control with flaggers and pilot car operations, so please use caution when traveling thru the construction zone. This work is scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day weekend. The following delays should be anticipated while traveling the El Portal Road between the western park boundary and the Big Oak Flat Intersection:


Monday thru Friday

6am to 8am –  Traffic delays up to 15 minutes

8am to 3:30pm -- Traffic delays up to 30 minutes

3:30pm to 5:30pm -- Traffic delays up to 15 minutes  (M. Pieper)



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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