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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Sunny. Highs 55 to 62 at 5000 feet...42 to 50 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 45 mph in the morning.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 32 to 42 at 5000 feet...23 to 33 at 8000 feet.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs 55 to 63 at 5000 feet...43 to 51 at 8000 feet.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows 32 to 42 at 5000 feet... 24 to 34 at 8000 feet.
Friday: Sunny. Highs 57 to 64 at 5000 feet...44 to 52 at 8000 feet.
Friday Night Through Sunday Night: Mostly clear. Windy. Lows 36 to 46 at 5000 feet...28 to 38 at 8000 feet. Highs 58 to 68 at 5000 feet...46 to 56 at 8000 feet.
Monday: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 60 to 66 at 5000 feet...50 to 55 at 8000 feet.
Monday Night: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Lows 40 to 50 at 5000 feet...32 to 42 at 8000 feet.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs 54 to 60 at 5000 feet...43 to 48 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

Croaking Toad Presentation Today
Resources Management and Science will be hosting a Croaking Toad presentation today, Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the El Portal Community Hall from noon to 1 pm. Join us for Lee Tarnay's presentation "Air resources and ecological effects of air pollution in Yosemite: a whirlwind tour of what have we learned in the last 10 years". There will also be a going away potluck luncheon right after the presentation in honor of Lee. Please bring a dish to share if you will be joining us for the luncheon. (M. Thornley)
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny. Highs 54 to 64 at 5000 feet...43 to 51 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 33 to 43 at 5000 feet...26 to 36 at 8000 feet.
Wednesday: Sunny. Highs 54 to 64 at 5000 feet...43 to 51 at 8000 feet.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear. Lows 32 to 42 at 5000 feet... 24 to 34 at 8000 feet.
Thursday: Sunny. Highs 56 to 63 at 5000 feet...44 to 52 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

South Entrance Exit Lane Closure This Week
The exit lane near the South Entrance Station will be closed from 7am to 5pm, Tuesday through Thursday (January 20th, 21st & 22nd) as crews complete some pothole repairs. Traffic exiting the park will be detoured through the existing T-Intersection at South Entrance. Please drive slowly as you approach the South Entrance Station, because crews will be working with heavy equipment. There will be intermittent traffic delays (less than 5-minutes). (M. Pieper)
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Tony Brochini is Retiring - Celebration Today
Please come join Facilities Management to celebrate Tony's 38+ years and wish him well in his retirement adventures. We will be gathering today, January 20th in the Large Breakroom in El Portal from 2:00-4:00 for Cake and Coffee. (K. Osborne)
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Yosemite Daily Photo, Yosemite Badger Pass will close today, 1/19/15

Yosemite Badger Pass will close today, 1/19/15

They will reopen once they get more snow

Photo is Yosemite Badger Pass today 1/19/15

Yosemite Badger Pass will close today, 1/19/15

Yosemite Badger Pass to close on 1/19/15 due to lack of snow

Yosemite Badger Pass to close on 1/19/15 due to lack of snow Yosemite Badger Pass on 1/18/15

Yosemite Badger Pass on 1/18/15

Yosemite Badger Pass to close on 1/19/15 due to lack of snow

"It's been gorgeous here, but the nice weather is causing the snow to melt away. In consideration of guest safety, resource protection, and guest experience, Badger Pass will temporarily close after business on Monday, January 19, 2015. We plan on reopening as soon as we receive the appropriate amount of snow. So keep doing those snow dances! We will reopen."

Yosemite Badger Pass to close on 1/19/15 due to lack of snow

Yosemite Daily Photo, The Merced River level, 1/17/15

Here is the Merced River level taken at Pohono Bridge in Yosemite Valley. Compared to same time last year

 

The Merced River level, 1/17/15

Yosemite Daily Photo, We need rain and snow desperately! Yosemite 1/17/15

Yosemite Daily Photo, We need rain and snow desperately! 1/17/15

And we thought last year was dry! Here is a view looking west into Yosemite Valley with El Capitan on the left and Half Dome center. What you will notice is the lack of snow, normally all the mountains are just covered in snow. The snow pack is now 36% of normal and this is the driest January and driest year on record, worse than last year. 2014 was also the warmest year on record,

If we do not get lots of rain and snow next summer is going to be very worrisome for wild fires and more wells drying up.

 We need rain and snow desperately! Yosemite 1/17/15
 We need rain and snow desperately! Yosemite 1/17/15

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Friday, January 16, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, January 16, 2015

WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Mostly sunny. Highs 56 to 64 at 5000 feet...47 to 55 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 35 to 45 at 5000 feet...26 to 36 at 8000 feet.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs 59 to 67 at 5000 feet...48 to 56 at 8000 feet.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows 36 to 46 at 5000 feet... 27 to 37 at 8000 feet.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs 59 to 69 at 5000 feet...48 to 56 at 8000 feet.
Sunday Night: Through Wednesday Night Partly cloudy. Lows 34 to 44 at 5000 feet...24 to 34 at 8000 feet. Highs 57 to 67 at 5000 feet...44 to 54 at 8000 feet.
Thursday: Sunny. Highs 54 to 62 at 5000 feet...42 to 50 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

No Daily Report Next Monday, January 19
Due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 19th there will be no Daily Report. (K. Oppen)
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South Entrance Exit Lane Closure--Delayed Until Next Week
The exit lane near the South Entrance Station will be closed from 7AM to 5PM, Tuesday through Thursday (January 20th, 21st & 22nd) as crews complete some pothole repairs. Traffic exiting the park will be detoured thru the existing T-Intersection at South Entrance. So please drive slowly as you approach the South Entrance Station, because crews will be working with heavy equipment. There will be intermittent traffic delays (less than 5-minutes). (M. Pieper)

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RECENT NEWS

Yosemite Daily Report: 

Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions - Update from January 7, 2014

Down to 8" yikess!! Could be the driest January and Year on record so far

Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions - Update from January 7, 2014
New snow: trace
Total settled snow depth: 8 inches as of January 14, 2015 (snow stake located at 8,600 feet)
High temperature: 55 degrees F, January 7, 2015
Low temperature: 14 degrees F, January 8, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Thursday, January 15, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday, January 15, 2015

WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Sunny. Highs 58 to 68 at 5000 feet...45 to 55 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 34 to 44 at 5000 feet...25 to 35 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations...southwest winds around 25 mph after midnight...gusts up to 55 mph after midnight.
Friday: Sunny. Highs 60 to 70 at 5000 feet...46 to 56 at 8000 feet.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows 35 to 45 at 5000 feet...26 to 36 at 8000 feet.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs 60 to 69 at 5000 feet...47 to 57 at 8000 feet.
Saturday Night Through Monday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows 36 to 46 at 5000 feet...26 to 36 at 8000 feet. Highs 60 to 70 at 5000 feet...46 to 56 at 8000 feet.
Tuesday Through Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Highs 55 to 65 at 5000 feet...43 to 52 at 8000 feet. Lows 34 to 44 at 5000 feet... 25 to 35 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

Road Work Today
NPS Road Crews will be working on Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy 120) from the 120/140 intersection to Crane Flat 1/8/15-1/15/15. Work hours are from 6 am-6 pm, crews will be working seven days a week pending weather conditions. Traffic control will be in place with minimal delays. (G. Smith)
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Sunny. Not as cool. Highs 56 to 65 at 5000 feet...44 to 54 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 29 to 39 at 5000 feet...21 to 31 at 8000 feet.
Thursday: Sunny. Highs 59 to 69 at 5000 feet...47 to 57 at 8000 feet.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear. Lows 35 to 45 at 5000 feet... 26 to 36 at 8000 feet.
Friday: Sunny. Highs 61 to 71 at 5000 feet...49 to 59 at 8000 feet.
Friday Night Through Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Windy. Lows 36 to 46 at 5000 feet...27 to 37 at 8000 feet. Highs 59 to 69 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

Road Work Today
NPS Road Crews will be working on Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy 120) from the 120/140 intersection to Crane Flat 1/8/15-1/15/15. Work hours are from 6 am-6 pm, crews will be working seven days a week pending weather conditions. Traffic control will be in place with minimal delays. (G. Smith)
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South Entrance Exit Lane Closure Today
The exit lane near the South Entrance Station will be closed from 7AM to 5PM, Wednesday through Friday (January 14th, 15th & 16th) as crews complete some pothole repairs. Traffic exiting the park will be detoured through the existing T-Intersection at South Entrance. So please drive slowly as you approach the South Entrance Station, because crews will be working with heavy equipment. There will be intermittent traffic delays (less than 5-minutes). (M Pieper)
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Sunny. Highs 51 to 57 at 5000 feet...38 to 44 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Clear. Lows 29 to 39 at 5000 feet...19 to 29 at 8000 feet. Northeast winds around 25 mph in the evening. Gusts up to 45 mph in the evening.
Wednesday: Sunny. Not as cool. Highs 59 to 67 at 5000 feet... 45 to 55 at 8000 feet.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear. Lows 28 to 38 at 5000 feet... 20 to 30 at 8000 feet.
Thursday: Sunny. Highs 62 to 72 at 5000 feet...50 to 60 at 8000 feet.
Thursday Night And Friday: Mostly clear. Lows 29 to 39 at 5000 feet...21 to 31 at 8000 feet. Highs 62 to 72 at 5000 feet... 50 to 60 at 8000 feet.
Friday Night And Saturday: Partly cloudy. Lows 30 to 40 at 5000 feet...23 to 33 at 8000 feet. Highs 59 to 69 at 5000 feet... 47 to 57 at 8000 feet.
Saturday Night Through Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy. Windy. Lows 28 to 38 at 5000 feet...20 to 30 at 8000 feet. Highs 52 to 62 at 5000 feet...40 to 50 at 8000 feet.
Martin Luther King Jr Day: Mostly sunny. Highs 50 to 58 at 5000 feet...39 to 45 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

Road Work Today
NPS Road Crews will be working on Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy 120) from the 120/140 intersection to Crane Flat 1/8/15-1/15/15. Work hours are from 6 am-6 pm, crews will be working seven days a week pending weather conditions. Traffic control will be in place with minimal delays. (G. Smith)
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Monday, January 12, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday, January 12, 2015

WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Mostly cloudy. Near the crest...a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Slight chance of snow showers. A 20 percent chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Highs 49 to 54 at 5000 feet... 37 to 42 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Near the crest...a 20 percent chance of snow showers in the evening. Lows 30 to 40 at 5000 feet...20 to 30 at 8000 feet.
Tuesday: Sunny. Highs 52 to 57 at 5000 feet...39 to 45 at 8000 feet.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear. Lows 30 to 40 at 5000 feet...20 to 30 at 8000 feet.
Wednesday: Sunny. Highs 52 to 62 at 5000 feet...41 to 51 at 8000 feet.
Wednesday Night Through Thursday Night: Mostly clear. Lows 30 to 40 at 5000 feet...22 to 32 at 8000 feet. Highs 53 to 63 at 5000 feet...42 to 52 at 8000 feet.
Friday And Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Highs 54 to 64 at 5000 feet...43 to 53 at 8000 feet. Lows 31 to 41 at 5000 feet... 23 to 33 at 8000 feet.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Breezy. Highs 52 to 62 at 5000 feet...40 to 48 at 8000 feet.
Saturday Night And Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Windy. Lows 32 to 40 at 5000 feet...21 to 31 at 8000 feet. Highs 49 to 59 at 5000 feet...37 to 47 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

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