Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, May 30th, 2018
Today: Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms and snow showers in the afternoon. Over higher elevations, gusts up to 40 mph in the afternoon. Highs 68 to 76 at 5000 feet...55 to 65 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Over higher elevations, southwest winds around 25 mph in the evening. Lows 43 to 51 at 5000 feet... 36 to 42 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 50 mph over higher elevations.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Highs 58 to 64 at 5000 feet...47 to 55 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
Wawona Road (South Entrance) Delays Today
The Contractor will be completing asphalt repairs at the South Entrance roundabout on Wednesday, May 30th with single lane traffic control, so please be patient and schedule additional time when traveling thru this area.
Wednesday- May 30th
7am to 5pm – Traffic delays up to 15 minutes (M. Pieper)
Indian Cultural Museum Closed Today
The Indian Cultural Museum exhibits will be closed on Wednesday, May 30th, due to the ongoing electrical work in the Yosemite Museum. (S.Miyako)
Plein Air Art Demonstration Cancelled
The Plein Air Art Demonstration at the Ahwahnee Meadow on Wednesday, May 30th has been cancelled. Please stop by for other Plein Air Art Demonstrations, scheduled every Wednesday throughout the rest of the guide period. For more information, please call the Happy Isles Art and Nature Center at 372-0631. (K. Anderson)
The busy season is here and vehicle stickers are essential to keep traffic flowing through the gates. Employees must have a valid sticker or be subject to entrance fees.
- NPS perm employees contact your Division rep
- NPS seasonals will receive at orientation, or contact your Division rep
- YH contact Yolanda Cheley
- NatureBridge, AAC, YC each have a rep with stickers
- All others email firstname.lastname@example.org. (E. Bissmeyer)
Nominees For 2018 Yosemite Partnership Awards Due June 1
Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Conservancy are once again teaming up to recognize employees of both organizations who have exemplified the spirit of partnership and collaboration. NPS employees will nominate YC employees, and YC employees will nominate NPS employees; nominations are due Friday, June 1st. The recipient from each organization will receive a monetary award, to be presented at the Mariposa Grove employee event on June 13th.
To read the memo outlining eligibility criteria and process, and to access the nomination forms, please go to http://sharepoint.yose.nps.
Butterflies Are Back in El Portal
Please Slow Down!
Highway 140 between Crane Creek and Parkline in El Portal has become thick with thousands of California tortoiseshell butterflies. This species emerges in spectacular numbers in some years and is thought to be the source of Mariposa County’s name, which is Spanish for butterfly.
Please help minimize the number of butterflies killed by reducing your speed when you encounter their swarms. At 25 mph, the butterflies are more likely to follow the slipstream around your car, and emerge unscathed. At higher speeds the butterflies don't fare as well. Dead butterflies along the roadway also increase the risk to the birds that come to feast on the dead butterflies. Please help preserve the butterflies, and this unique display of nature’s abundance. Slow to 25, and keep the butterflies alive. (C. Lee-Roney)
Crane Flat Opening
Crane Flat Campground has been cleared for opening. Reservations for the time period, Wednesday, May 30th through the night of Saturday, July 14th were released via recreation.gov on Monday, May 28th at 10 AM Pacific time. The cost is $26 per site, per night when the campground is on reservations. (E. Bissmeyer)
CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
Ongoing construction projects or other longer-term events that might impact travel (e.g. prescribed fires) will be moved here from “New and Happening Today” instead of to “Recent News.” These items will remain as long as the event is ongoing and will therefore not be cleaned out at the end of each week like “Recent News.”