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Apr 07, 2018 08:30 |  #1

Just a heads up because I often see that people are often headed to Yosemite this time of year. There has apparently been a considerable amount of rain and the risk exists that some dam may break. Our local paper is carrying an article today (04/07) that says the park was closed as of 5 PM on Friday.




  
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Apr 07, 2018 08:57 |  #2

Yep, agree. I also see many posts about people blindly heading toward Yosemite.

Despite the flood issue, there is also the issue of snow.

Snow packs from year to year are different, as a result opening dates of some roads differ.

Yosemite valley is nice and all, but I find both Glacier Point and especially Tioga Pass much more enjoyable.

Despite the flood closure, both Tioga and Glacier are currently closed because of snow and ice plowing.

It is a good practice to check conditions before going to Yosemite.

Here is a National Park link for current status:

https://www.nps.gov …nyourvisit/cond​itions.htm (external link)

Tioga usually opens late May, early June but has been known to stay closed until early July.


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Apr 07, 2018 09:32 |  #3

One other thought. If you're planning a trip to Yosemite, and you want to see / photograph waterfalls, the time of year you go is critical.

Despite road closures, understand it is the melting of the winter snow pack to feeds many of the falls.

If you go too late, you may be disappointed.

Here is Vernal falls late spring:
https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=fQpHGO9CQf0 (external link)
(skip to 0:38)

Here is Vernal falls in summer:
https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=hd6yr_gzr_k (external link)

Quite a bit of difference.


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Apr 07, 2018 10:59 |  #4

John from PA wrote in post #18601841 (external link)
Just a heads up because I often see that people are often headed to Yosemite this time of year. There has apparently been a considerable amount of rain and the risk exists that some dam may break. Our local paper is carrying an article today (04/07) that says the park was closed as of 5 PM on Friday.

Yes, the closure of Yosemite Valley was announced in advance here (external link). The danger in Yosemite isn't a breaking dam, though. It's that the Merced River can rise high enough to flood the Valley.


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Apr 07, 2018 12:39 |  #5

MERCED RIVER at POHONO BRIDGE, YOSEMITE CA
(NWS Flood Stage: 10 ft.)
Gage height, feet
Most recent instantaneous value: 11.28 04-07-2018 10:00 PDT

The levels of river water are now as high as last year (11.68' on May 5, after record snows had fallen). This year, in spite of lower than usual snows, runoff due to heavy rainfall from a subtropical storm account for high river levels.


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Apr 07, 2018 12:59 |  #6

Happy Isles webcam and graphs of water level over recent days (external link)


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Apr 07, 2018 18:44 as a reply to  @ Wilt's post |  #7

Merced River at Pohono Bridge is now at 13.6' at 4pm....remember that NWS says 'flood stage' is at 10'


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Apr 12, 2018 19:15 |  #8

Video from National Park Service: Yosemite Valley flooding, April 7 (external link)


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Apr 16, 2018 17:44 |  #9

OhLook wrote in post #18605656 (external link)
Video from National Park Service: Yosemite Valley flooding, April 7 (external link)

Wow!!! Me and some friends were going to hit up Yosemite at the end of this month but decided on Zion instead. Looks like it’s a good thing we did!




  
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Apr 16, 2018 19:30 as a reply to  @ gremlin75's post |  #10

It'll be drier by the end of the month unless another huge storm rolls in. I don't know just how long those lakes will take to be converted back to meadows, but a lot of water can flow back into the river when there's room for it.


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