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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Thursday May 26th, 2016

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park  
half dome - yosemite valley - olmsted point - 5.25.16
Thursday May 26th, 2016
 
WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming cloudy. Near the crest...slight chance of snow showers in the morning...then chance of snow showers...showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 61 to 69 at 5000 feet...47 to 57 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Near the crest...chance of showers...snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Snow level above 8000 feet. Lows 41 to 51 at 5000 feet...32 to 40 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Near the crest...mostly cloudy in the morning...then chance of snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon...chance of precipitation 50 percent. Highs 66 to 75 at 5000 feet...51 to 61 at 8000 feet.
 
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Wednesday May 25th, 2016

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday May 25th, 2016
 
WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Chance of showers in the morning...then showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest...chance of snow showers in the morning...then snow showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 70 percent. Snow accumulation up to 4 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 55 to 63 at 5000 feet...41 to 51 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Near the crest...snow showers...showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening...then slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Chance of precipitation 60 percent. Snow accumulation up to 2 inches. Total snow accumulation up to 7 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Lows 39 to 47 at 5000 feet...28 to 36 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Near the crest...slight chance of snow showers in the morning...then chance of showers...snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 60 to 68 at 5000 feet...46 to 56 at 8000 feet.
 
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Tuesday May 24th, 2016

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

This is why the Tioga Pass road is closed. Heavy snow today at noon.
yosemite - tioga pass

yosemite tiohga pass road

Tuesday May 24th, 2016
 
WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Showers...snow showers near the crest. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Snow level 7500 feet. Highs 51 to 61 at 5000 feet...38 to 48 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Showers...snow showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening...then chance of showers after midnight. Near the crest...snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening...then chance of snow showers after midnight. Snow accumulation up to 2 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Lows 37 to 45 at 5000 feet...26 to 34 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Chance of showers in the morning...then showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest...snow showers likely in the morning...then snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Snow accumulation up to 3 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 53 to 63 at 5000 feet...41 to 51 at 8000 feet.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 
 
Safety Message
Safety means first aid to the uninjured.  —Author Unknown  (M. Doyle) 
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Campground openings for Memorial Day Weekend
Tamarack Flat campground will open at 10:00 AM on Friday 5/27 to the public. The campground will close to the public at noon on Friday June 10th.​ Spiritual Encampment begins in Tamarack Flat campground on June 11th and will continue through June 20th. Tamarack Flat will reopen to the public on June 21st for the season. The campground is available on a first come first serve basis and costs $12 per night.
 
Crane Flat campground will open at 10:00 AM on 5/27 for Memorial Day Weekend only. The entire campground will have portable toilets and hand washing stations. No water will be available in the campground. Campsites will be available on a first come first serve basis and cost $12 per night. The Crane Flat campground closes at noon on 5/30.  (S. Ogden)
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Yosemite National Park Anticipates Extremely Busy Memorial Day Weekend - News Release
Visitors are advised that severe traffic congestion is expected and will result in delays getting into and moving about the park
 
Yosemite National Park anticipates an extremely busy Memorial Day Weekend. Visitors in personal vehicles arriving late morning through mid-day should expect extensive delays getting into and moving about the park, particularly in Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point. Visitors are urged to enter the park before 9:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. in order to avoid traffic congestion and difficulty finding parking. The park also asks visitors to consider using alternative transportation, such as the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) buses, which serve the park from several gateway communities.
 
“The park has made improvements to parking, revamped entrance stations, added internal shuttle service,  and additional YARTS bus service to alleviate congestion over the last few years, “ stated Don Neubacher, Park Superintendent. “However, we’ve been experiencing very high visitation and we wanted to ensure that visitors are informed and able to trip-plan accordingly during this very popular holiday weekend.” 
 
 So far this calendar year, visitation to the park has increased by over 20%.  Last year, the park had severe traffic congestion, delays up to two hours,  on major holidays and weekends like Memorial Day.
 
Yosemite National Park encourages visitors to enjoy our gateways communities and other Sierra public lands and sites during this holiday weekend. Adjacent areas such as Groveland, Eastern Sierra/Mammoth (Mono County), Oakhurst, Mariposa, and  other public lands are major scenic areas adjacent to the park that are available for public recreation and sightseeing.  
 
Tioga Road and Glacier Point Roads have both opened for the season. When the parking lot becomes full at Glacier Point, visitors will need to take a free shuttle bus from the Yosemite Ski and Snowboard area, formerly Badger Pass. The shuttle bus is expected to run during peak hours, 10 AM to 6 PM. The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias remains closed for restoration.
 
Traffic becomes congested when parking spaces fill in Yosemite Valley. To preserve emergency and shuttle bus access, the park designates a single lane on the southside drive for bus and emergency vehicle access only. This lane enables buses to shuttle park visitors to popular sites, and also allows for emergency response to incidents which are ongoing despite traffic congestion. The bus and emergency vehicle lane is expected to be in use during the busy parts of the Memorial Day Weekend.
 
All campgrounds within Yosemite National Park on the reservation system are sold out through the Memorial Day weekend. There are a very limited number of first-come, first-served campsites within the park and those are expected to fill early.  For 24 hour road and weather information, call 209-372-0200.  (S. Gediman)
 
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RECENT NEWS
 
Gift of Life
Yosemite Lions Club and Central California Blood Bank thanks the Yosemite community for the Gift of Life--we appreciate your contribution!  28 potential blood donors were processed, with a total of 23 pints collected.  It was great to see some of our many "regulars" and meet new donors from the community!  Thank you, Yosemite!  We'll see you again in October in El Portal!  (D. Stewart)
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Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a science-based decision-making process used by park managers who are investigating pest situations. The process includes identification of the pest, learning about the potential solutions, and selecting the least impacting one with the greatest likelihood of success. IPM focuses on prevention, education, and monitoring. At Yosemite, IPM is approached in partnership with Aramark, our major concessionaire. If you have questions about the Yosemite IPM program please contact Rachel Mazur, who coordinates the IPM program and quarterly meetings. If you work through the IPM system and decide you still need to use a chemical with an EPA number, please contact Garrett Dickman. He is in charge of tracking our use in the NPS Pesticide Use (PUPS) database and can set you up with the proper forms. If you have general questions about public health and/or zoonotic diseases, please contact Matthew Weinburke.  (R. Mazur)
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Job Announcement
Now accepting applications for Program Director at Mariposa Heritage House and the C.O.R.E. This is a full time salaried position with benefits. Please refer to our website: www.alliance4community.org. Applications with a resume and a cover letter are due Friday, June 3. (B. Chenoweth)
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Sal's Night is This Thursday: Lucky You
Meet the Yosemite Employee Association and Sal's Taco truck at the rainbow's end, the Clark Community Hall in El Portal this Thursday night, May 26th. It's a place in time and space. Please come, be free and enjoy your local community. Happiness feels like this: Sal's Tacos upon your sleeve. (A. Davis)
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Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center
The wilderness center is now open daily with the limited hours of 8:30 am to 4 pm. The wilderness center will also act as the visitor center until the summer utilities are operational. The center offers information about park activities, trail conditions, wilderness permits, bear canister rentals, books and maps. (N. Chakrin)
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Corrections to the Guide
The Yosemite Guide lists the start date for the El Capitan Shuttle as May 20th, please note that it will be starting on May 27th. Also, the Express Shuttle between Day Use Parking and the Valley Visitor Center is listed in the Guide as starting May 21st.  It will actually start running on May 27th.  (K. Gunsolus)
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Yosemite is Our Backyard - Last Chance to Enroll
Day Camp for 7-12 Year Olds June 13-17, 2016
This is the last chance to register for Yosemite is Our Backyard, and there are only a few spots left! Kick off the summer right with learning and fun in Yosemite! The week after school lets out, NatureBridge will host Yosemite is Our Backyard - a day camp specially tailored for the children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews of the Yosemite area community. Campers meet with NatureBridge field educators daily at 8:45 in Yosemite Valley and embark on days filled with games, exploration, and learning. Volunteer as a chaperone for the program and your child can participate for half price (only one volunteer space left!). Financial aid is available. For more information, visit our website at naturebridge.org/backyard or contact Rebecca Ryan at 209-379-9511 ext 12 or email rryan@naturebridge.org.  (R. Ryan)
 
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Friday May 20th, 2016

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday May 20th, 2016
 
WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of snow showers in the morning...then chance of snow showers in the afternoon...slight chance of showers in the morning...then chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon...gusts up to 45 mph in the afternoon. Near the crest...a 20 percent chance of snow showers...a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Over higher elevations...gusts up to 50 mph. Windy... Cooler. Snow level 7000 feet. Highs 46 to 56 at 5000 feet...34 to 44 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph over higher elevations.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers... Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening...then slight chance of showers after midnight. Near the crest...a 50 percent chance of snow showers...mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening...then partly cloudy after midnight. Breezy...colder. Snow level 6500 feet. Lows 32 to 38 at 5000 feet...20 to 26 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 65 mph over higher elevations.
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Thursday May 19th, 2016

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday May 19th, 2016
 
WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Sunny. Very windy. Highs 68 to 78 at 5000 feet...53 to 63 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 55 mph in the afternoon. Over higher elevations... Southwest winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph in the morning increasing to 35 to 45 mph with gusts to around 70 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Windy...colder. Lows 39 to 45 at 5000 feet...28 to 34 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 35 to 45 mph with gusts to around 75 mph over higher elevations.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of showers...a 50 percent chance of snow showers near the crest. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Windy...cooler. Snow level 7000 feet. Highs 46 to 56 at 5000 feet...34 to 44 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 40 mph in the afternoon. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 55 mph over higher elevations.
 
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Wednesday May 18th, 2016

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday May 18th, 2016
 
WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest...chance of showers...slight chance of thunderstorms and snow showers in the afternoon. Warmer. Highs 72 to 80 at 5000 feet...56 to 66 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Lows 45 to 55 at 5000 feet...34 to 44 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny...windy. Highs 68 to 78 at 5000 feet...53 to 63 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 50 mph in the afternoon. Over higher elevations... Southwest winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph in the morning increasing to 30 to 40 mph with gusts to around 70 mph in the afternoon.
 
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Tuesday May 17th, 2016

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday May 17th, 2016
 
WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the morning... Then slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon...northeast winds around 25 mph in the morning. Near the crest...slight chance of snow showers in the morning...then chance of snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Over higher elevations...northeast winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph. Chance of precipitation 40 percent. Breezy. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 68 to 74 at 5000 feet...53 to 61 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 45 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then clearing. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Near the crest...chance of snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Lows 42 to 52 at 5000 feet...32 to 42 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Near the crest...mostly cloudy in the morning...then chance of showers...snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 40 percent. Highs 71 to 77 at 5000 feet...56 to 64 at 8000 feet.
 
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Monday May 16th, 2016

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday May 16th, 2016
 
WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest...chance of snow showers...showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 63 to 69 at 5000 feet...48 to 58 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then clearing. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Near the crest...chance of showers...snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Snow level above 8000 feet. Lows 41 to 51 at 5000 feet...32 to 40 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 40 mph after midnight.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the morning. Near the crest...slight chance of snow showers. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 68 to 74 at 5000 feet...52 to 62 at 8000 feet.
 
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Friday May 13th, 2016

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

royal arches cascade, yosemite

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Thursday May 12th, 2016

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
yosemite dogwoods - happy isles - 5.10.16
yosemite dogwoods 5/10/16
Thursday May 12th, 2016
 
WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
TodaySunny. Highs 76 to 86 at 5000 feet...61 to 71 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 45 to 55 at 5000 feet...37 to 47 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 75 to 85 at 5000 feet...60 to 70 at 8000 feet.
 
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Wednesday May 11th, 2016

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley, 5/11/16
Wednesday May 11th, 2016
 
WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
TodaySunny. Highs 71 to 81 at 5000 feet...57 to 67 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 45 to 55 at 5000 feet...35 to 45 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 76 to 86 at 5000 feet...61 to 71 at 8000 feet.
 
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Tuesday May 10th, 2016

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

The Fen, Yosemite Valley, 5/10/16

Tuesday May 10th, 2016
 
WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
TodayMostly sunny. Near the crest...a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 66 to 76 at 5000 feet... 52 to 62 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then clearing. Near the crest...a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Lows 41 to 51 at 5000 feet...32 to 40 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 70 to 80 at 5000 feet...55 to 65 at 8000 feet.
 
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Monday May 9th, 2016

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Valley 5/8/16
Monday May 9th, 2016
 
WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
TodayMostly sunny. Near the crest...a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Not as cool. Highs 63 to 73 at 5000 feet...51 to 61 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Near the crest...mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening...then mostly clear after midnight. Lows 40 to 50 at 5000 feet...33 to 41 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest...a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms and snow showers in the afternoon. Highs 66 to 76 at 5000 feet... 53 to 63 at 8000 feet.
 
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Yosemite Tioga Pass Road is plowed 1 lane, 5/6/16

Yosemite Tioga Pass Road is plowed 1 lane, 5/6/16  
It will take a couple of weeks to get everything cleared and ready for opening, maybe Memorial Day?

Yosemite Tioga Road is plowed 1 lane, 5/6/16

Yosemite, May 1 2016 Snow Survey Results

Yosemite, May 1 2016 Snow Survey Results
Park Staff have completed the May 1 snow surveys.  The water content of the snowpack in the Tuolumne drainage is 57% of average; in the Merced drainage it is 63% of average. 
Yosemite, May 1 2016 Snow Survey Results
Yosemite, May 1 2016 Snow Survey Results

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