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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 48.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 66.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 64.

El Portal
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 49.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 75.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 73.

Wawona
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 41.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 62.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 61.

Tuolumne Meadows
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 49.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 43.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Helicopter Training on El Capitan
Yosemite Helicopter rescue team will be practicing high angle short-haul Tuesday And Wednesday May 21 and 22 from El Capitan Meadow. The training site will be slab happy pinnacle on the southeast face of El Capitan. The pinnacle will be closed to climbing both days. Helicopter 551 will land in the meadow beginning at 0630 both days and training will continue into early afternoon. (C. Ronay)
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Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park in Place on Friday, May 24 - news release
Scott Gediman 209-372-0248
Kari Cobb 209-372-0529

The cables on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be in place and open for the season on Friday, May 24, 2013, weather permitting. The cables provide access to the summit of Half Dome, one of Yosemite’s most popular hikes.

Rock Climber killed on El Capitan

ElCap Report 5/19/13

 

 

ElCap Report 5/19/13

By Tom Evans

 

Yo… it started out a beautiful spring day.  The three person mixed team on the Nose did the King Swing and was motoring along when I left.  There was a team on the Salathe that was doing well too.  I saw a wall team from yesterday climbing above Camp 5 this morning.

I arrived at the Bridge around 9:20am and was immediately approached by Ranger Ben Doyle who had reported that a call for help had come in from a party high on ElCap.  I set up my instruments and viewed the scene… I was horrified to say the least, and I will not go into any details at this time as an investigation is underway. One of the team was killed in a fall.  Yosemite Search and Rescue immediately swung into action and did a “from the top” extraction of the deceased climber and is presently evacuating the surviving partner.  In all my 18 years of photographing ElCap I have never seen such a grisly, terrible scene. 

I could write more but just don’t have the heart to do so right now.  I will let you know more later….. condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased climber.  As an employee of NPS I am not at liberty to share any names and further details at this time. 

 

So that’s the way it is, this 19th day of May, 2013.

A day of great sadness that will live in our memories for a long time. 

Tom Evans

Next day.... I talked with the surviving member of the team, who said that his partner was climbing about 20ft above him, when he weighted a cam that pulled out when it dislogged a large block.  As he fell, the block cut his climbing rope and he fell to the end of the haul line (a static rope) and died instantly.  YOSAR performed brilliantly and the operatio

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Monday, May 20, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday, May 20, 2013

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today Sunny, with a high near 85.
Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 51.
Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 80.
Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 68.

El Portal
Today Sunny, with a high near 93.
Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 53.
Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 90.
Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 76.

Wawona
Today Sunny, with a high near 81.
Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 44.
Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 78.
Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 63.

Tuolumne Meadows
Today Sunny, with a high near 64.
Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 31.
Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.
Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 49.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Barry Hance Award nominations are being accepted through May 31st - nominate one of your co-workers today!
Do you have a co-worker that you always look forward to working with? Someone who brightens your day when you're busy and stressed out? Who you can always count on to lend a hand, often without being asked? Someone who exemplifies the NPS mission; who is cheerful and has a positive attitude; who communicates well, is a team-player, and is all-around great to work with? If you know someone who fits the above descriptions, you should nominate them for this year's Barry Hance Award!

The deadline for nominations is coming up soon on May 31st, so start on your submissions now! All NPS employees are eligible to nominate someone - YOU could be the one who submits the application for this year's winner!

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Friday, May 17, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, May 17, 2013

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 59.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 37.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 65.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 72.

El Portal
Today: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
Tonight: A 10 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 81.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 87.

Wawona
Today: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.
Tonight: A 10 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 37.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 71. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 77.

Tuolumne Meadows
Today: A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 8pm. Snow level 8800 feet. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 25.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 55.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 61.

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RECENT NEWS

Weekly Yosemite Traffic Forecasts
The first Weekly Yosemite Traffic Forecast of the year has been published at http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/traffic.htm. This forecast is regularly updated and is based on the three most recent years of traffic data. (M. Holly)
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Thursday, May 16, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday, May 16, 2013

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: A 30 percent chance of showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

El Portal
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 74.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Wawona
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 62.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

Tuolumne Meadows
Today: A chance of rain and snow showers after noon. Snow level 9000 feet. Partly sunny, with a high near 51. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Tonight: A chance of rain and snow showers before 8pm, then a chance of snow showers. Snow level 8800 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Friday: A chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 56.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.
Thursday: A 10 percent chance of showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 75.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

El Portal
Today: Sunny, with a high near 89.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 82.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Wawona
Today: Sunny, with a high near 77.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 71.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

DNC Openings
Rafting opens for the season today, May 14th. The raft stand will open at 10am and the last raft goes down the river at 4pm. Raft Rentals are available at Shuttle Stop #13a and #21.
Degnan's Loft is opening for the season this Friday, May 17th, hours of operation for the Loft are 5 - 9 pm daily. The Loft is located at Shuttle Stop #4. (W. Kearns)
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Hazard Tree Work Today
Forestry will be removing hazard trees along the Big Oak Flat Road from the South landing gate to approximately 1 mile east of Crane Flat. Work will start around 7 a.m. and last for about 3 hours on 5/15. Expect traffic control with short delay. (B. Castro)
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Yosemite Mentoring Program
Curious about the mentoring program, but not sure what you have to offer as a mentor? Or perhaps you’d like to apply as a mentee, but aren’t sure what skills to work on? Check out the Mentor Program page under the Superintendent tab on Sharepoint for more information about the Yosemite Mentoring Program and examples of compentencies and skills.

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 83.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

El Portal
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 91.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Wawona
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Sunny through mid morning, then becoming partly sunny, with a high near 83.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 80.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Yosemite Forum Today
Please join us for this month's Yosemite Forum, in the Valley Auditorium, on Tuesday, May 14, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. The subject of this interactive lecture will be on: Applications of GISystems to Wilderness Search and Rescue, presented by Paul Doherty, Doctoral Candidate, University of California, Merced. For additional info please contact D. Smith, 9-1439, or M. Thornley, 9-1060. (D. Smith)
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Monday, May 13, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday, May 13, 2013

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Sunny, with a high near 86.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 57.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 86.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 85.

El Portal
Today: Sunny, with a high near 95.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 57.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 93.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 92.

Wawona
Today: Sunny, with a high near 85.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 50.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 83.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 82.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Tioga Road Open
The Tioga Road opened for the season on Saturday, May 11. There will be limited visitor services for the first few weeks while NPS and DNC crews finalize opening procedures. Additionally, all campgrounds along the Tioga Road remain closed until maintenance crews can finalize spring opening.
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Rockfall Closes Portion of John Muir Trail
Due to a rockfall Saturday May 11, the John Muir Trail is currently closed from the junction with the Mist Trail (just above Vernal Fall footbridge) to Clark Point. The John Muir Trail remains open between Clark Point and Nevada Fall and can be accessed from the Mist Trail.
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Yosemite Warehouse Changes
The YOSE warehouse supply function has changed: Due to funding and accounting issues, the warehouse supply function has been on hold since May, 2012. A decision regarding the future of the warehouse supply function has been made. Going forward, the warehouse will carry the following supplies:
- Copy paper
- Computers (mix of laptop/desktop)
- Blue gov envelopes
- Inter-office envelopes
- Gov calendars

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