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Yosemite Snow Survey Results for 1/15, GRIM!

February Snow Survey Results Park staff have completed the February 1 snow surveys. The water content of the snowpack in the Tuolumne drainage is 22% of average; in the Merced drainage, it is 21% of average. As of today Tuolumne Meadows has 2.9" of snow

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny. Highs 60 to 66 at 5000 feet...48 to 53 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations...west winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 50 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 35 to 45 at 5000 feet...26 to 36 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 50 mph over higher elevations.
Wednesday: Sunny...breezy. Highs 62 to 72 at 5000 feet...47 to 57 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph over higher elevations. Gusts up to 55 mph over higher elevations.
Wednesday: Night Partly cloudy. Breezy. Lows 35 to 45 at 5000 feet...26 to 36 at 8000 feet. South winds 25 to 30 mph over higher elevations. Gusts up to 60 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Very windy. Highs 61 to 71 at 5000 feet...45 to 55 at 8000 feet. South winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 55 mph...southwest 35 to 45 mph with gusts to around 75 mph over higher elevations.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Badger Pass | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

February Snow Survey Results
Park staff have completed the February 1 snow surveys. The water content of the snowpack in the Tuolumne drainage is 22% of average; in the Merced drainage, it is 21% of average. (M. Fincher)
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Paul Ollig Farewell
Please join us on February 5, 2015 for Paul Ollig who is leaving us to go to the National Parks Mall as the new Chief of Interpretation. We will have finger food and cake at the El Portal Community Hall starting at 4:00 pm. This will be followed by Sal's night starting at 5:30 pm. (R. Aranguena)
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Monday, February 2, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday, February 2, 2015

WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today Mostly sunny. Highs 60 to 70 at 5000 feet...48 to 58 at 8000 feet.

Tonight Partly cloudy. Lows 35 to 45 at 5000 feet...26 to 36 at 8000 feet.

Tuesday Mostly sunny. Highs 60 to 70 at 5000 feet...47 to 55 at 8000 feet.

Tuesday Night Mostly clear. Lows 33 to 43 at 5000 feet...24 to 34 at 8000 feet.

Wednesday Sunny. Highs 59 to 69 at 5000 feet...45 to 55 at 8000 feet.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Badger Pass | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Emergency Notifications for Mariposa County Residents
Mariposa County residents can receive emergency notifications on their cell phone through the Nixle emergency notification program. These notifications may include up to date evacuation notices, road closures, severe storm warnings, and abducted child alerts.

Simply text your zip code to 888777 to receive alerts for emergencies via text.

For more information on the Mariposa County emergency alert systems, visit
http://www.mariposacounty.org/index.aspx?nid=215. (L. Hendy)
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Bicycles on Badger Road
As of Monday, Febrary 2, bicycles will be allowed on the Badger Road. Riders may park at Chinquapin, and bike up the road as far as Badger Pass Ski Area, where they must turn around. Riding beyond Badger Pass on the the Glacier Point Road is prohibited, as there is still significant snow and ice coverage. Watch for debris and administrative vehicles. (C. Andrews)
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Yosemite Daily Photo, Tuolumne Meadows has 2.5" of snow, only 11% of average, 1/31/5

Tuolumne Meadows has 2.5" of snow, only 11% of average, 1/31/5
Tuolumne Meadows elev 8,600'
2.6 inches
11% average

This photo is what a average winter looks like in Tuolumne Meadows. Some fun tree skiing below Unicorn Peak in the 90's

Tuolumne Meadows. Some fun tree skiing below Unicorn Peak in the 90's

Yosemite Daily Photo, El Capitan and a very dry Horsetail Fall, 1/30/15

 El Capitan and a very dry Horsetail Fall, 1/30/15

The spectacular Horsetail Fall Firefall pretty much starts now and runs through February, peaking in mid to late February. As you can see it is almost dry and unless we get a lot of rain and snow it will not happen this year.

 

 El Capitan and a very dry Horsetail Fall, 1/30/15
 El Capitan and a very dry Horsetail Fall, 1/30/15
 El Capitan and a very dry Horsetail Fall, 1/30/15

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Friday, January 30, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, January 30, 2015

WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers. Near the crest...slight chance of snow showers in the morning...then chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Snow level 7500 feet. Highs 53 to 61 at 5000 feet...39 to 49 at 8000 feet.

Tonight Near the crest...mostly cloudy...chance of snow showers in the evening...then slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Breezy. Snow level 7500 feet. Lows 35 to 45 at 5000 feet...25 to 35 at 8000 feet. Northeast winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph after midnight.

Saturday Sunny. Near the crest...slight chance of snow showers in the morning. Breezy. Highs 56 to 65 at 5000 feet...41 to 51 at 8000 feet. Northeast winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 55 mph.

Saturday Night Mostly clear. Lows 34 to 44 at 5000 feet... 26 to 36 at 8000 feet.

Sunday Mostly sunny. Not as cool. Highs 60 to 70 at 5000 feet...47 to 57 at 8000 feet.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Badger Pass | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Sierra Foothills

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Thursday, January 29, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday, January 29, 2015

WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the morning... Then chance of snow showers and slight chance of showers in the afternoon.

Tonight Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers...a 40 percent chance of snow showers near the crest. Snow level above 8000 feet. Lows 34 to 44 at 5000 feet...25 to 35 at 8000 feet.

Friday Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers. Near the crest...slight chance of snow showers in the morning...then chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Snow level 7500 feet.

Friday Night Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Snow level 7500 feet. Lows 35 to 45 at 5000 feet...25 to 35 at 8000 feet.

Saturday Sunny...breezy. Highs 57 to 64 at 5000 feet...42 to 52 at 8000 feet. Northeast winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 50 mph.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Badger Pass | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

News Release
Rare Sierra Nevada Red Fox Spotted in Yosemite National Park
Fox photographed with remote motion-sensitive camera

Yosemite National Park is excited to report the first confirmed sighting in the park of a rare Sierra Nevada red fox (Vulpes vulpes necator) in nearly 100 years. Park wildlife biologists had gone on a five-day backcountry trip to the far northern part of the park to check on previously deployed motion-sensitive cameras. They documented a sighting of the fox on two separate instances (December 13, 2014 and January 4, 2015) within the park boundary. The Sierra Nevada red fox of California is one of the rarest mammals in North America, likely consisting of fewer than 50 individuals.

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today Mostly cloudy. Near the crest...a 20 percent chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Not as cool. Highs 53 to 62 at 5000 feet...40 to 50 at 8000 feet.

Tonight Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers. Snow level above 8000 feet. Lows 35 to 45 at 5000 feet...25 to 35 at 8000 feet.

Thursday Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers and slight chance of showers in the morning...then slight chance of showers in the afternoon.

Thursday Night Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Snow level 7500 feet. Lows 35 to 45 at 5000 feet...25 to 35 at 8000 feet.

Friday Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers. Highs 55 to 63 at 5000 feet...39 to 49 at 8000 feet.

Friday Night Partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers. Lows 35 to 45 at 5000 feet...25 to 35 at 8000 feet.

Saturday Sunny. Highs 58 to 66 at 5000 feet...43 to 53 at 8000 feet.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Badger Pass | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

The Anniversary Ambassadors
are Yosemite employees working as an inter-divisional park team to support the upcoming anniversaries over the next two years-- the 125th anniversary of Yosemite National Park in 2015 and the National Park Service Centennial in 2016.

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