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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
...WINTER WEATHER HAZARDOUS OUTLOOK...
This hazardous weather outlook is for the higher elevations of the Southern Sierra Nevada.
.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT
No hazardous weather expected.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY
* Snow Accumulations: Several inches along Tulare County
Mountains. Up to a few feet in the Yosemite area.
* Elevation: 9000 feet on Sunday...lowering to 5000 feet as storm
* Winds: Gusts up to 65 mph along the crests.
* Visibility: Less than 1 mile in heavy rain, 1/2 mile in heavy
* Timing: Sunday through Tuesday
* Locations include: Yosemite National Park...including Tuolumne
Meadows...Tioga Pass...Wawona...and the South Entrance as well
as Kings Canyon National Park and Huntington Lake. Sequoia
National Park...including Lodgepole...as well as other
communities above 6000 feet.
* Impacts: Anyone with outdoor plans should take caution...and
travel may be difficult due to snow covered roads. Also carry a
winter survival kit. Further statements including advisories...
watches and warnings may be necessary.
Today: Sunny, with a high near 64.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 32.
Thanksgiving Day: Sunny, with a high near 62. Low around 31.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Low around 32. 20 percent chance of light rain after 10pm.
Today: Sunny, with a high near 73.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 38.
Thanksgiving Day: Sunny, with a high near 73. Low around 36.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Low around 37. 20 percent chance of light rain after 10pm.
Today: Sunny, with a high near 71.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 30.
Thanksgiving Day: Sunny, with a high near 70. Low around 27.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Low around 29. 20 percent chance of light rain after 10pm.
Today: Sunny, with a high near 58.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 18. South southwest gusts as high as 20 mph.
Thanksgiving Day: Sunny, with a high near 56. Southwest wind 20 to 30 mph, gusts as high as 35 mph. Low around 19.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. West southwest wind 20 to 30 mph, gusts as high as 35 mph. Low around 17. 20% chance of rain after 10pm.
NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
Thanksgiving Message from the Superintendent
We want to wish you and your families all a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend. We have so much to be thankful for this year and we thank you for the great work you've been doing. The Director has authorized an early release of three hours to all non-essential employees on Wednesday, November 26th.
Happy Thanksgiving! -- Don
No Daily Report Thursday or Friday
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, this is the last issue of the Daily Report for this week. (K. Oppen)
Glacier Point Road Open
The Glacier Point Road is now open to all traffic with no restrictions. There are some random icy spots in the shade.
There is another storm system coming in Sunday. We will likely close the Glacier Pt. Road again Saturday evening in advance of the predicted snowfall. (E. Scott)
Dave Morrow Retirement Party Today
After 40 years of service in Yosemite, Dave Morrow is retiring . There will be a farewell for him at the Wawona community hall today on Wednesday , November 26 at 10:00 am. Please come by for coffee and to sign Dave's arrowhead. (D. Dozier)
Yosemite Conservancy Stores Closed Monday and Tuesday for Annual Inventory
The Valley Visitor Center Bookstore will be closed on Monday, December 1st, for annual physical inventory. A small selection of maps will be available for purchase and bear canisters will be available for rental at the Museum Store on that day. The Yosemite Museum Store will be closed on Tuesday, December 2nd, for annual physical inventory. (R. Gibbons)
DNC Thanksgiving Feast
You all are invited to join your DNC family this Thanksgiving for a feast to remember! There will be a buffet dinner with all the traditional and tasty holiday treats from 4pm-8pm at the Curry Village Pavilion on Thursday, November 27th. All Yosemite community members are welcome to attend and get their fill. The cost is free to all DNC Associates and only $5 for their guests and other community members. Please come spend the holiday with friends, family, co-workers and great food prepared with love, the most important secret ingredient in all our food! Happy Holidays, Yosemite! (E. Brosk)
HR Office Closed Friday
The HR Office will be closed on Friday Nov.28. If you have an HR-related emergency, please contact Jeff Hilliard at 209-379-1042. (C. Crum)
Burn Suspension Has Been Lifted and Pile Burning Will Resume Park-wide
Following the recent rain and snow at higher elevations, Yosemite fire managers have lifted the suspension of burning within communities. While the recent cooler temperatures and precipitation have diminished the threat of wildfire, residents are urged to use caution while conducting hazard reduction burning. Before conducting any residential burning please call the Mariposa County Burn Day information line: (209) 966-1200.
Additionally, park fire managers are planning to resume several park wide fuel reduction pile burning projects.
The areas include:
• Yosemite Valley near the residential area above the court house
• Yellow Pine campground area
• Crane Flat campground area
• South Landing
• Wawona Road south of the community
• Dark Hole Fire area near the Lukens trail
• Woodlot piles in El Portal and Foresta
Smoke may be visible at times from various locations near the projects. All fire activities will be coordinated with Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties Air Pollution Control Districts in accordance with air resource objectives. (G. Wuchner)
Thanksgiving Day Chapel Service
There will be a 10 am Thanksgiving Day chapel service at the Yosemite Community Church. Questions call 209-372-4831. (Pastor B. Moore)
Yosemite Forum Centennial Speaker Series begins on Tuesday, December 9
Yosemite Forum is pleased to announce the first event of the Centennial Speaker Series to be held on Tuesday, December 9 at 3-5 pm (Note the special time!) in the East Auditorium, Yosemite Valley. The presentation will be by the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation and M. Kat Anderson, and is titled: The Ethnobotany and Associated Stewardship of California Black Oak Ecosystems in the Central and Southern Sierra Nevada. Refreshments will be served after the program. (A. Colwell)
Curry Village Ice Rink is Open!
The Ice Skating Rink is open for the season as of Friday, November 21st. Weekday sessions are from 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM. Weekend and holiday sessions are from 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM , 12:00 Noon - 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM. (E. Callahan)
Spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with additional large, newly built studio. Paved driveway. Overlooking Bootjack and the surrounding property. 2 car, attached, oversized garage, large kitchen, separate laundry room, whole house vacuum, dining room, living room with incredible stone fireplace and two large master suites, each with their own separate bathrooms. New carpet and vinyl. Basement with entrance from inside home and separate outside door (could be used as 4th bedroom) that offers ample storage, A/C and wood burning stove. 2 covered porches. Located on Triangle Road near the Butterfly Winery. $1300/mo. No pets or smokers. 966-2889 (ask for Chris) firstname.lastname@example.org (C. Flanagan)
Adorable, 700 square foot studio home with additional 265 square foot enclosed/screened porch with paved driveway. Porch can be used as additional living space during moderate weather. Wood stove, swamp cooler, on demand water heater. 1 full bath, beautiful stone fireplace and large windows. Overlooking Bootjack and the surrounding property. New carpet, vinyl and range. Washer and dryer, refrigerator, 1 covered parking space, large storage shed and an outdoor patio area. $800/month. No pets or smokers. On Triangle Road near Butterfly Winery. 966-2889 (ask for Chris) or email@example.com (C. Flanagan)
Southern ITS - Badger Pass and Glacier Point Parking Lots Vehicle Detector Installation
Starting Monday, November 3 and continuing through the end of November, crews will be working on the installation of vehicle detectors at the entrances to the Badger Pass Parking Lot and Glacier Point Parking Lot (near the Glacier Point Ranger Residence area). Work includes trenching of electrical and communication conduits and excavation for vehicle detector poles. Contact David Engelstad with any questions or concerns (209) 379-1277. (D. Engelstad)
Rockfall Hazard and Turn-outs Closed on Highway 140
All commuters on the 140 corridor between park line and the Arch Rock entrance are reminded:
1) Do NOT stop along the roadway as repeated rockfall presents a potential hazard due to the recent Dog Rock fire - especially as wet weather approaches.
2) Report ALL rockfall incidents to park dispatch as soon as you can so the roads can be cleared and the area reassessed.
3) Do NOT stop to clear rocks from the road - road crews, traffic management or law enforcement are the only personnel allowed to clear rocks from the roadway surface.
4) Remember - Safety first! (D. Henderson)
Tioga Road Update No. 7
The Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot will reopen this coming Friday, November 21st by 5 PM and there will be no further construction related delays on the Tioga Road due to the weather conditions. So after this Friday, there will be no further work until next spring on the Tioga Road and Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot. Crews will return in 2015 as soon as the weather conditions permit. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Michael Pieper at (209) 200-1131. (M. Pieper)
Trail Work in Mariposa Grove
Starting September 2nd, NPS trail crews began to upgrade the trail in the vicinity of the Grizzly Giant and California Tunnel trees so that the trail meets accessibility standards. This project is part of the Yosemite Conservancy Capital Campaign for the Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Work will take place in three phases. Phase 1 will not affect current visitor use with one exception – on September 15 there will be a permanent closure of the “Step Trail” that connects the tram boarding area with the California Tunnel Tree. Tram users will continue to have trail access to the California Tunnel Tree using the trail leading from the tram area to the Grizzly Giant Tree. Equipment storage will occur on the access road to the National Forest. Phase 2 will occur later this fall when visitor numbers decrease. At that time, trail crews will upgrade the existing trail system in the vicinity of the two trees and restore portions of the existing trail system that did not meet accessible trail standards to natural conditions. Work will include installation of new split rail fencing along heavily traveled portions of the trail. Access to the Grizzly Giant and California Tunnel Tree will continue while work progresses. The first two phases should be completed by end of the calendar year, weather permitting. The third and final phase of the project will include installation of new benches and interpretive signs at the end of the Grove restoration project in late 2016. (C. Stetzel)
Temporary Safety Closures of Roads After El Portal Fire
In order to maintain the safety of park visitors, community members, and allow fire management operations to continue unimpeded, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park has closed the following areas until further notice is given.
The Old Coulterville Road is closed to motor vehicles from the Flying Spur intersection to the park’s boundary with Stanislaus National Forest.
The Foresta Road is closed to motor vehicles at Foresta Falls to the park’s boundary with Stanislaus National Forest. It is also closed to motor vehicles in El Portal at the intersection of Granite Street to the park’s boundary with Stanislaus National Forest. (M. Stansberry)
Henness Ridge - Yosemite Environmental Education Center - Phase 1B
Construction for the second phase of the Environmental Education Center in partnership with NatureBridge is scheduled to begin the week of August 11th. The construction activity will be located adjacent to the Wawona Road - Yosemite West intersection. The work for this phase will begin with the construction of a multi-purpose administration office and maintenance building. Please use caution in this area and watch for slow moving trucks and equipment on the roads. Construction is scheduled to continue until completion in 2015. If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Mike Wichmann, Project Management Division. (K. Blew)
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