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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Friday, January 17, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, January 17, 2014

WEATHER

Red flag warning remains in effect until 4 pm pst this afternoon
For very low humidities over the Southern Sierra Nevada...

* impacts...if fire ignition occurs there could be rapid spread
and extreme behavior with threat to life and property.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now...or will shortly. A combination of strong winds...low relative humidity...and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

Yosemite Valley
Today: Sunny, with a temperature falling to around 50 by 5pm. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 35. East wind around 5 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 60. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

El Portal
Today: Sunny, with a high near 78. West southwest wind around 5 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 40. East wind around 5 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 76. East wind around 5 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon.

Wawona
Today: Sunny, with a temperature rising to near 62 by noon, then falling to around 46 during the remainder of the day. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 28. East wind around 5 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 61. East wind around 5 mph becoming west in the morning.

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There will be no Daily Report on Monday, January 20 due to the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Thursday, January 16, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday, January 16, 2014

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Sunny, with a high near 58.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 34.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 58.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 56.

El Portal
Today: Sunny, with a high near 73.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 38.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 73.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 71.

Wawona
Today: Sunny, with a high near 61.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 29.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 60.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 59.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Illustration Talent Needed
Can you draw cartoons and other pictures that would appeal to grade school age kids? Would you like to have your artwork featured in a new Jr. Ranger booklet? The Interp and Education Division and Preventative Search and Rescue are teaming up to create a new booklet designed to teach kids the importance of safety while visiting the park. We need your help to produce illustrations that will be used in this new booklet. We are currently looking for around 20 illustrations. If your supervisor will allow you to volunteer some time, please contact David Miyako at david_miyako@nps.gov if you're interested in participating. Thanks! (D. Miyako)
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FBMS Newsletter
The December 2013 - January 2014 FBMS Newsletter is now available at http://sharepoint.yose.nps.gov/FBMS/Lists/Announcements/Attachments/8/De... (L. Schafer)
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Sunny, with a high near 58.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 37.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 58.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 59.

El Portal
Today: Sunny, with a high near 73.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 38.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 74.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 73.

Wawona
Today: Sunny, with a high near 60.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 31.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 60.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 60.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Wawona Tunnel Traffic Control Today
High Voltage Shop will be replacing light bulbs in the Wawona Tunnel on 1/15/14 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be traffic control with a pilot car and short delays of up to five minutes. (J. Brown)
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Seminar About Soil Erosion in Sierra Nevada Forests Today
You are invited to join NatureBridge staff for an Afternoon Seminar on Jan 15th from 4:30-6:30 in the Girls Club. Our presenter is Erin Stacy of UC Merced and the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. Her topic is Soil Erosion in Sierra Nevada Forests. For more details see the flyer posted in the Interp Study Room in the Valley. (M. Dale)
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El Portal Drama Class Performance Tonight
Balanced Rock presents an evening of free short performances by the El Portal Drama class students. Please join us on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the El Portal Community Hall. The drama students will be showcasing what they have been working on so far in class: short scenes and monologues. This event is free and will last approximately one hour. Hope to see you there! (A. Davis)
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Sunny, with a high near 55.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 33.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 57.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 58.

El Portal
Today: Sunny, with a high near 72.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 38.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 73.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 74.

Wawona
Today: Sunny, with a high near 57.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 29.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 58.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 60.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

El Portal Town Planning Meeting Tonight
There will be a meeting of the El Portal planning advisory committee on 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 14 at the El Portal Branch Library. Topics on the agenda will include the discussion of “freeboxes” at dumpsters, need for repairs on El Portal Road, status of the Merced River Plan, NPS billing for water/sewage, and signage for air brake use between Crane Creek and El Portal Road. In compliance with the American Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, contact the Planning Department at 209-966 5151. (M. Ross)
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Wawona Tunnel Traffic Control Wednesday
High Voltage Shop will be replacing light bulbs in the Wawona Tunnel on 1/15/14 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be traffic control with a pilot car and short delays of up to five minutes. (J. Brown)
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Rim Fire Tree Hazard Cleanup
Rim Fire tree hazard cleanup will move to the Aspen Valley Road this week. Please observe portable traffic controls on this closed road. (B. Mattos)
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Monday, January 13, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday, January 13, 2014

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Sunny, with a high near 54.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 34.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 56.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 56.

El Portal
Today: Sunny, with a high near 66.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 38.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 70.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 71.

Wawona
Today: Sunny, with a high near 56.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 32.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 58.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 60.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Yosemite Rockfall Year in Review: 2013
Following the trend of the previous two years, 2013 was a quiet year for rockfalls in Yosemite. In all, there were 34 documented rockfalls, which is well below the recent (2006-2012) average of about 55 documented rockfalls per year. The cumulative rockfall volume was about 1500 cubic meters (about 4460 tons), also well below average. Given that 35% of rockfalls occurring since 1857 were associated in some way with precipitation (rain or snowmelt), the fact that 2013 was arguably the driest year on record for California may explain the relatively low level of rockfall activity.

The two most consequential rockfalls in Yosemite in 2013 impacted trails. The first occurred early on the morning of May 11 when a block about 320 cubic meters in volume (about 950 tons) fell from the top of the Panorama Cliff and landed on the John Muir Trail below Clark’s Point. Rock debris covered about 500 meters (1600 feet) of switchbacks, and the trail was closed for several weeks while damaged walls were repaired and the trail cleared.

Free admission to Yosemite on MLK Day

Free admission to Yosemite on MLK Day

Yosemite National Park will offer free admission into the park on Jan. 20 in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, according to a National Park Service news release.

All other fees, for camping, lodging, or activities within the park must still be paid.

Although the weather has been extremely mild, visitors coming to the park are urged to be aware of ice on the road. If the weather changes, chain restrictions may apply on all roads within the park. For updated weather and road information, call (209) 372-0200.

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Friday, January 10, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, January 10, 2014

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley

Today: Mostly sunny, with a temperature rising to near 54 by noon, then falling to around 45 during the remainder of the day. West southwest wind around 5 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. East northeast wind around 5 mph.
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 51. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

El Portal

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 41. Calm wind becoming east northeast around 5 mph in the evening.
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. East wind around 5 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon.

Wawona

Today: Mostly sunny, with a temperature rising to near 54 by noon, then falling to around 43 during the remainder of the day. West northwest wind around 5 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 53. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Seminar About Soil Erosion in Sierra Nevada Forests
You are invited to join NatureBridge staff for an Afternoon Seminar on Jan 15th from 4:30-6:30 in the Girls Club. Our presenter is Erin Stacy of UC Merced and the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. Her topic is Soil Erosion in Sierra Nevada Forests. For more details see the flyer posted in the Interp Study Room in the Valley. (M. Dale)
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Thursday, January 9, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday, January 9, 2014

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 49.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 31.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers after 10am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.

El Portal
Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 62.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 35.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.

Wawona
Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 51.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 28.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Sal's Tonight (Upcycling too)
YEA wishes everyone a Happy New Year! Come on out and see friends old and new at Sal's this Thursday January 9th at the El Portal Community Hall. There will be the usual food, fun, community and YEA's famous beverage service. See you there! (L. Patten) The Terracycle upcycling and recycling program will be at Sal's this Thursday! This program, organized by NatureBridge, will happen at the first Sal's of every month in order to collect specific pieces of trash that are not conventionally recycled or upcycled. We will be set up from 7-9 pm. We are currently collecting salty snack/chip bags, energy bar wrappers, hummus containers, and flexible cheese wrappers. These items will be sent to Terracycle, a company that creatively and sustainably upcycles and recycles these things. $0.01 for each piece of trash we send in goes to NatureBridge's scholarship fund. (L. Ouborg)
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Yosemite NPS Should take notice of this..., Marin to feds: Limit visitors to Muir Woods

Yosemite NPS Should take notice of this...

 

Marin wants the feds to keep Muir Woods tourists at bay. Acting amid community alarm over plans by the National Park Service to accommodate visitors, county officials are seeking a cap on attendance at Muir Woods along with a study of how many tourists the locale can handle. The Board of Supervisors dispatched a letter to Frank Dean, superintendent of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, saying that while federal goals to improve management of Muir Woods are worthwhile, "equal effort to reduce impacts on Southern Marin residents and businesses" must be made.

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, January 8, 2014

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 49.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 52.

El Portal
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 62.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 66.

Wawona
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 51.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 54.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Update
Total settled snow depth: 5” as of January 5, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 52.
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 49.

El Portal
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 37.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

Wawona
Today: Mostly cloudy early, then becoming sunny, with a high near 53.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 52.
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

El Portal Travel Series Tonight
Tuesday, January 7th - 7pm - El Portal Community Hall. "European Road-Trip… 7,000 kms of food, friends & ferratas.” This summer the Amstutz family crammed their camping & climbing gear into a tiny rental car, and drove for 6 weeks through Spain, France, Italy and Switzerland. Highlights included several visits with friends & family, amazing breads & cheeses, spectacular scenery & history, and climbing several “via ferrata” routes in the Alps and Pyrenees. Join us tonight for a “budget” camping adventure through Europe. (P. Amstutz)
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PG&E Tree Work
PG&E tree contractors will be completing cleanup of burned and cut trees above Mather District Office (BOF) and trimming trees along power lines in Wawona District from Summerdale Meadow through Chilnualna Falls Road neighborhoods. Please watch for workers and equipment. (B. Mattos)
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Monday, January 6, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday, January 6, 2014

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.

El Portal
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. .

Wawona
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Valley Visitor Center Bookstore Closed Today
The Bookstore in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center will be closed on Monday, January 6, 2014, due to annual physical inventory. The store will reopen at 9AM on Tuesday, January 7th. (R. Gibbons)
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4 Mile Trail Open
The 4-Mile Trail has been re-opened. The trail is covered by snow and ice above Union Point and visitors hiking this section should be prepared for winter conditions. There are no services available at Glacier Point and no vehicle access to the Glacier Point area. All hikers must return to the Valley by foot. (K. Kirschner)
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Friday, January 3, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, January 3, 2014

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 54.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.

El Portal
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 69.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

Wawona
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 56.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Wawona Tunnel Construction Finished
The Wawona Tunnel project construction is complete and there are no further delays. (M. Pieper)
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Special Yosemite Mass
January 6, 11am, Yosemite Chapel: Mission Mass celebrated by Father Steve as part of the 150th year in St. Joseph's Catholic Parish in Mariposa (Yosemite was a mission church of St. Joseph until 1953). For questions, call Sally Uribe at 209-966-4351. Join us in this historic moment. Following is an optional brunch at the Ahwahnee. All are welcome. (S. Uribe)

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RECENT NEWS

Valley Visitor Center Bookstore Closure
The Bookstore in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center will be closed on Monday, January 6, 2014, due to annual physical inventory. The store will reopen at 9AM on Tuesday, January 7th. (R. Gibbons)
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