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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Monday, December 22, 2014

 

WEATHER

 

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Sunny...windy. Highs 55 to 65 at 5000 feet...43 to 53 at 8000 feet. North winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 55 mph over higher elevations.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 34 to 44 at 5000 feet...26 to 36 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations...north winds around 25 mph in the evening. Gusts up to 40 mph in the evening.

Tuesday: Sunny. Highs 56 to 66 at 5000 feet...44 to 54 at 8000 feet.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear. Lows 33 to 43 at 5000 feet...25 to 35 at 8000 feet.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Windy. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 56 to 66 at 5000 feet...43 to 51 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 45 mph in the afternoon. Over higher elevations...west winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 65 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of showers. Windy. Lows 32 to 40 at 5000 feet...21 to 29 at 8000 feet.

Christmas Day: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers. Breezy. Highs 45 to 53 at 5000 feet...34 to 40 at 8000 feet.

Thursday Night Through Friday Night: Mostly clear. Lows 29 to 38 at 5000 feet...19 to 29 at 8000 feet. Highs 46 to 56 at 5000 feet...34 to 44 at 8000 feet.

Saturday Through Sunday: Partly cloudy. Windy. Highs 49 to 59 at 5000 feet...37 to 47 at 8000 feet. Lows 30 to 39 at 5000 feet...21 to 31 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

 

Research Library Temporarily Closed Today

The Research Library is closed for housekeeping December 22, 2014 through January 2, 2015. We will reopen at 10 am on January 5, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience. (V. Sanchez)

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Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions - Update from December 18, 2014

New snow: 8 inches

Total settled snow depth: 16 inches as of December 17, 2014 

 

Skiing Conditions and Weather: The winter rangers arrived to Tuolumne Meadows this week and this is our first conditions update of the season. We will be updating this report weekly this winter (http://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/tmconditions.htm)  We are happy to report that things are looking and feeling a lot more like winter around here than last season. We were able to ski from the 9000 ft. elevation in Lee Vining Canyon all the way to Tuolumne Meadows. The ski conditions and snow coverage are good making for ideal winter travel. Snow depths in the area range from 16 inches to 3 inches depending on aspect and elevation. South aspects will average less and are still pretty bony (a.k.a. "early season obstacles may exist!").

 

Avalanche and Snowpack Conditions: For the latest avalanche advisory for this area go to www.esavalanche.org for the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (ESAC) and click on advisory. The ESAC site is updated several times a week and more often during weather events; however, they haven't started posting yet this season. The avalanche hazard in the Tuolumne Meadows area is presently low. At the higher elevations travelers should be wary of newly formed wind slabs that are overlying softer snow. There is potential for human triggered avalanches where these wind slabs exist.

There are some interesting crust layers in the snowpack currently. These layers formed with the first few weather events of the winter. The first couple of storms to hit the central Sierra this season were warm and included rain to about 9000 feet. There is a significant ice layer at the ground as a result. There is another crust layer about 5 inches above the ground and above that the snow is soft and unconsolidated. These basal layers are not presently an avalanche hazard but if significant loading of new snow occurs, or if wind slabs develop, there may be an increase in hazard. 

 

Wildlife: Red Crossbills greeted us along our journey in from the east. A rather ornery Red-tailed hawk squawked from a snag as the first winter skier placed tracks through otherwise pristine Tuolumne Meadows. A Belted kingfisher was still taking advantage of some open water along the Tuolume River near Parson's lodge, one of the meadow's best birding areas. Due to unconsolidated snow conditions, few mammal tracks were present or discernible. This should change with a few sunny days. 

 

Questions: The Tuolumne Meadows Ski Hut is open! There is an ample supply of firewood and 10 bunks that are available on a first come-first served basis. There is power but there are no public phone services in Tuolumne Meadows at this time. We can be contacted via email at robert_pilewski@nps.gov, but we may be delayed in responding if we are on patrol. Contact the wilderness office at 209/372-0740 with any questions or concerns. Come prepared; don't count on electricity or phone service at the ski hut. 

 

Happy Skiing! (L. & R. Pilewski - Tuolumne Winter Rangers)

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January Yosemite Forum

Please mark your calendar for the January Yosemite Forum: 

January 13, Noon to 1 pm, in the East Auditorium, Yosemite Valley.

 

The subject, “Geologic Limits on Life in Mountain Landscapes” will be presented by Clifford Riebe, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wyoming, Laramie and Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory. Please contact D. Smith, 9-1439, or A. Knighten, 9-1301, for additional information. (A. Colwell)

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Yosemite Medical Clinic Holiday Closures

Yosemite Medical Clinic will be closed on the following federal holidays: Thursday, December 25 and Friday, December 26, 2014, and Thursday, January 1, 2015. Yosemite Ambulance provides emergency care 24 hours per day and can be reached by calling 911. (J. Modak-Killian)

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Save the date - YWC invites you to the Snow Ball February 6th at The Ahwahnee!

What do you get by attending Snow Ball this year: Ahwahnee heavy appetizers, delicious desserts, three drink tickets, dancing to live music (TBD!) and a wonderful silent auction! 

 

Get your tickets now at www.yosemitewinterclub.com  

$25 (early bird!) for members until January 15th

$35 for members (online presale after January 15th)

$40 for members at the door 

$50 for non-members

 

Did you know? Each year we host a series of winter social events to financially support our mission. The proceeds from our events and membership last year allowed us to give away $12,000 in winter sport scholarships which included helping to send three local schools to Badger Pass.  This included three different ski and snowboard days with instructors and allowed us to send eleven local youth to either a ski, snowboard, ice skating, or hockey camp! YWC has been around since 1928, help us keep the tradition alive! (C. Ronay)

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Karen Glenn Retirement Message

42 years ago you began your journey with the national park service, while simultaneously teaching us the hard earned value of commitment.

Countless desks bare your hard work and dedication through your years of service.

You spent your life teaching us your successful, beautiful, funny, talented children the significance of hard work (whether we were listening or not) by modeling your drive and determination in the innumerable years spent with the park service.

Adults now, we recognize the importance of what you did, not only for us, but for the essential task of maintaining the beauty of Yosemite that it demands.

We know it wasn't always easy being a working mom but you completed that task gracefully (though we would never admit it ) and in clothes we wouldn’t be caught dead in.

As you went above and beyond in your duties at work, you instilled in us the notion of motivation and resolve while exceeding in your own right.

You found a way to excel among your co-workers while also finding a way to be involved in all our school activities, parties, PTA and field trips and whatever else we needed.

We forgive you for becoming a Denver Bronco fan because of all your trips to Denver for work.

We forgive you for wearing culottes to work back in the day.

We forgive you for all the cookies, cakes, dips, and goodies you baked in our kitchen and sternly said “THOSE ARE FOR WORK” as we would reach for a bite. 

We believe the legacy that you will leave with not only Yosemite Park Service but with the Park Service as a whole is how to perform your job to your fullest ability while remaining calm, cool, collected and helpful to everyone. 

It is an honor to say you are our Mom and we hope to following in your footsteps and live up to your legacy. 

When speaking with Park Service Employees the most common remark is "Karen Glenn is your mother, oh I just Love Karen." 

Well we love you too mom, congratulations on your retirement and the next phase of your wonderful life. 

Love, your 3 Daughters (K. Mitchell)

 

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

 

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. (K. Killian)

 

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