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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Friday, December 19, 2014

 

WEATHER

 

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of snow showers...a 50 percent chance of snow showers near the crest. Breezy. Snow level 6000 feet. Highs 44 to 50 at 5000 feet...39 to 44 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations...southwest winds around 25 mph in the morning. Gusts up to 45 mph over higher elevations.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A 40 percent chance of showers...a 40 percent chance of snow showers near the crest. Snow level 6500 feet. Lows 31 to 39 at 5000 feet...20 to 30 at 8000 feet.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers. Highs 44 to 50 at 5000 feet...39 to 44 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations...west winds around 25 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 55 mph over higher elevations.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy. Lows 32 to 41 at 5000 feet... 23 to 33 at 8000 feet. Northwest winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 55 mph over higher elevations.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. Breezy. Highs 45 to 51 at 5000 feet... 39 to 45 at 8000 feet. Northwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 50 mph over higher elevations.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy. Breezy. Lows 32 to 42 at 5000 feet...24 to 34 at 8000 feet.

Monday Through Tuesday Night: Mostly clear. Windy. Highs 55 to 65 at 5000 feet...45 to 55 at 8000 feet. Lows 33 to 43 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

 

DNC Yosemite Community Events

Dec. 19th and 20th will be the Ugly Holiday Sweater version of Open Mic Night and Karaoke Night at the Carabiner Cafe starting by 7pm. (E. Brosk)

 

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RECENT NEWS

 

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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Western Pine Beetle Update

Ponderosa pine trees continue dying in the lower mixed conifer forests of Yosemite and surrounding communities at a rate not seen since 1978 (see the cover photo at: http://caforestpestcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/Insect-and-Disease-Training-Manual.pdf). Elevated pine mortality is a direct result of extended water deficit and is expected to continue into 2015 whether this winter is wet or dry. The March 27 Daily Report introduced forest risk. 

 

This winter, staff and visitors will be seeing more NPS, DNC, PG&E and other crews working to remove dead trees from hazard target areas such as lodging, campgrounds, roadways, and utility corridors. Please observe warning devices and guards around tree work areas.

 

I have been referring inholders and park neighbors concerned about their private pine trees to these URLs for information about supplemental watering, thinning, and prophylactic insecticide applications: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/QT/barkbeetlescard.html

http://ucanr.edu/sites/sjcoeh/files/77067.pdf

http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/fidls/we_pine_beetle/wpb.htm (B. Mattos)

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Yosemite Community Church - The Chapel Christmas Services

4pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

10pm- Midnight, New Years Eve service (F. Moore)

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Employee Events from DNC

This is a reminder of some exciting and festive events coming in the next few weeks:

• The Wellness Center will be open from 8a-4p on December 25th

• Dec. 25th - Holiday Feast at Curry Village from 4p-8p.  Dinner is FREE to all DNC Associates and only $5 for their guests and other Yosemite community members.  This event is not open to the public.

• Dec29th - 2nd ever Yosemite Style Family Feud game at the Carabiner - come play or watch!  Starts at 6pm.

• Dec. 31st - NYE Bash at the Carabiner Cafe - WHITEOUT PARTY - Music provided by local DJ Jeff - light show provided by the one and only Ed Whittle - Dress in all (or as much as you can) white and see yourself glow under all the black lights!

• The Wellness Center will be open it's regular hours on New Years Eve and Day - get those healthy resolutions off to a proper start!

• Jan 9th at the Carabiner Cafe - Jelly Bread is back and bringing the funk!!  Look for a flyer with more details to come.

Enjoy!! (E. Brosk)

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Chowchilla Mountain Road Closed for the Season

Due to recent weather and road conditions, the Chowchilla Mountain Road will be closed and inaccessible for the season from the park boundary to the Wawona Golf Course. The closure will be in effect as of Wednesday morning, December 17  (C. Andrews)

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Tioga and Glacier Point Roads Closed for the Season in Yosemite National Park - News Release

 

Correction: All motorists are required to carry tire chains, even if their car is equipped with four-wheel drive, if entering a designated chain control area.

 

Media Contacts: Scott Gediman 209-372-0248; Kari Cobb 209-372-0529

 

The Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the season because of deep snow and icy conditions.  A series of storm systems have passed through the Yosemite region over the last several weeks, resulting in snow accumulations of up to two feet of snow in the higher elevations of the park, including Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point.  The roads generally close each fall and remain so throughout the winter until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring.

 

Yosemite National Park is open year-round with snow removal on all other roads within the park. All roads within the park are subject to chain control or temporary closures s due to hazardous driving conditions. All motorists are required to carry tire chains, even if their car is equipped with four-wheel drive, if entering a designated chain control area.

 

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200. (K. Cobb)

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Please Pick-up After Your Pets

Please be especially mindful of picking up after your dogs, especially in the Yosemite Valley School Yard. Once again our students are “finding” a lot of dog-messes that are then finding their way into classrooms on little tennis shoes – Yuck. Thank you (C. Archer)

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Private Rental

Studio Apartment available in Coarsegold on 2 1/2 acre property.  Unit is attached to and shares utilities with main house, but access is separate and unit is a private apartment. 30 minutes from South Entrance, 40 minutes from Wawona, 45 minutes from Mariposa.  $425/month + 20% of electric bill.  All other utilities included.  559-580-9848. (D. Crockett)

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Trail Closures

Due to snow/ice from the recent storm and continued freezing temperatures, the 4-Mile Trail, Mist Trail, and Ice Cut section of the John Muir Trail have been closed. The winter route should be used to access Vernal and Nevada Falls. These closures are anticipated to be in effect until the spring. Trails will be reevaluated if conditions change significantly. (K. Kirschner)

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Research Library Temporary Closure

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

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Yosemite Valley School Ski Day Volunteers

Once again YVS is looking for instructor volunteers for their 2015 ski day season. A love of skiing is all you need, you will join both parents volunteers and professional ski instructors to help bring that joy of skiing to local school children. Our tentative ski days for the 2015 season are January 7th & 21st, February 4th & 25th, March 11th. Please contact the school office @ 372-4791 if you can join us for one or all days or if you would like more information. (C. Archer)

 

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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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