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#yosemite, Tioga Road Rehabilitation Project Update 7/17/14

Update No. 2 - Tioga Road Rehabilitation (Day Time Delays 30-Minutes and Night Time Delays 1-hour)
Starting Sunday night July 13, 2014 the culvert crew will begin working nights from 8:00 PM to 7:00 AM with 30-minute delays between 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM and then 1-hour delays between 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM, and 15 minute delays between 6:00 AM and 7:00 AM, with single lane traffic control. The night time traffic will be released on the half hour and/or hour, so for example traffic will be released at 8:30 PM, 9:00 PM, 9:30 PM, 10:00 PM, 10:30 PM, 11:00 PM, 12:00, 1:00 AM, 2:00 AM, etc.. The daytime crew will continue slope scaling from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday thru Friday with up to 30-minute delays, with single lane traffic control. So please plan ahead, be patient and obey the speed limits. No delays are scheduled for the weekends (Friday afternoon to Sunday night

#yosemite Ferguson Slide Rock Shed Project Update ·

Ferguson Slide Rock Shed Project Update ·

  • There have been delays in negotiations with the contractor and CalTrans hopes for consensus to be reached on the contract in mid-august ·
  • The delay is due to a difference in the total cost of the project. Original estimates were not sufficient and CalTrans is seeking additional funding from the California Transportation Commission. ·
  • It is expected that the contract will not be finalized until late Sept, possibly early October. They plan to suspend the project for winter. ·
  • March/April is when the rock removal is now slated to start. The rock removal will be a 120-150 day process so it is expected to continue into the summer season.
  • Currently in design phase so complete build information is tentative, but the expected completion date for the project is 2018.

#yosemite daily photo, View looking towards Tenaya Lake during big storm, 7.15.14

This is looking east from the Olmsted Point Area during the big thunder storm on 7/15/14. Lightning was cracking everywhere and the rain and hail came down extremely hard. The road was flooded at Tenaya Lake and closed for 2 hours just east of Tuolumne Meadows due to mud and debris.

View looking towards Tenaya Lake during big storm, 7.15.14

#yosemite daily photo, LOTS of pine cones in the trees right now, 7/15/14

Has anyone else noticed how loaded down the Sugar Pines and other trees are with pine cones? These were taken the other morning on Hwy 120 on the way to Tuolumne between the 5,000' and 7,000' level. Silhouetted against the sunrise you can see thousands of trees laden with pine cones. This is over a month early and there seem to be many more pine cones than normal. Perhaps this can be attributed to the long growing season they have enjoyed.

LOTS of pine cones in the trees right now, 7/15/14
LOTS of pine cones in the trees right now, 7/15/14

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Friday, July 18, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, July 18, 2014

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 95.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.
Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 96.
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.

El Portal
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 95.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 70.
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 96.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.

Wawona
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 92.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

Tuolumne Meadows
Today: A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 73. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Saturday: A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Sunday: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Thursday, July 17, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday, July 17, 2014

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 96. Light west wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 95. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 94. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west in the morning.

El Portal
Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 94. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 93. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.

Wawona
Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 92. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 92. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 94. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west southwest in the evening.
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 95. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the morning.

El Portal
Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 95. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.

Wawona
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 93. Light west wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 91.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.
Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 90.
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 95.

El Portal
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 96.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72.
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 94.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 95.

Wawona
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 92.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 90.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.

Tuolumne Meadows
Today: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.
Tonight: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.
Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 73.

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Monday, July 14, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday, July 14, 2014

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 100. Wind gusts as high as 15 mph.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 99.
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 98.

El Portal
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 102.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 99.
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 98.

Wawona
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 100.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 98.
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 95.

#yosemite daily photo, Mirror Lake Rock Garden, 7/12/14

#yosemite daily photo, Mirror Lake Rock Garden, 7/12/14

This is the rock garden that passing hikers add to at the Mirror Lake area. There has been a on going battle between folks who like this and folks who hate the sight of it. It has been knocked down and rebuilt several times. This time it is biggert han ever.

Who ever knocked this down last time threw a bunch of the rocks in Mirror Lake filling up one end. Not good! If you dont like it throw the rocks in the woods!

#yosemite daily photo, Mirror Lake Rock Garden, 7/12/14
#yosemite daily photo, Mirror Lake Rock Garden, 7/12/14

#yosemite daily photo, Western Tanager in Yosemite, 6/28/14

#yosemite daily photo, Western Tanager in Yosemite, 6/28/14

Saw this guy in Foresta the other day

Adult male has brilliant red head, bright yellow body, with black back, wings, and tail. 2 wing bars; smaller uppermost bar yellow, lower one white. Female is yellow-green above, yellow below; wing bars similar to male's.

 Western Tanager in Yosemite, 6/28/14
 Western Tanager in Yosemite, 6/28/14

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