yosemite rafting closes soon

This coming week may be the last chance to rent a raft at Curry Village and float down the river. This water that flows through Yosemite Valley has been dropping in level since June 6th when it reached its peak high for the summer season of 10.13 feet/3.08 meters. When the river was at its peak it was flowing very fast, at a volume of 6,770 cubic feet/second. To help visualize how much water this is picture a basketball, which is equivalent to about a 1 cubic foot. Now picture yourself standing in the Merced River that has 6,770 basketballs moving past you per second. That's a lot of water! Though the river is nothing like that today...yosemite rafting

In Yosemite's high country snow accumulates through the winter months, creating a natural water reservoir that's frozen. During spring and summer the snowpack is slowly released, and the melted snow-water rushes downstream well into the dry season. Though as the summer season progresses, less and less snow is left to melt and enter the river and its levels drop.

Yosemite western juniper and half dome, yosemite, 8/11/19

Very old and weathered Western Juniper high on a ridge in Yosemite. If you look through the branches on the left side you can see Half Dome. Photo taken 8/11/19

Very old and weathered Western Juniper high on a ridge in Yosemite. If you look through the branches on the left side you can see Half Dome. Photo taken 8/11/19

Yosemite Valley projected high temperature for Sunday: 80 degrees and Monday: 85 degrees, 8/11/19

 

Yosemite Valley projected high temperature for Sunday: 80 degrees and Monday: 85 degrees

Mariposa projected high temperature for Sunday: 85 degrees and Monday: 91 degreesYosemite Valley projected high temperature for Sunday: 80 degrees and Monday: 85 degrees

Oakhurst projected high temperature for Sunday: 87 degrees and Monday: 92 degrees

August 11, 2019 - The National Weather Service Hanford Office reports a warming trend will begin late this weekend and persist through at least early next week. 

High temperatures Monday afternoon in Central California will be near normal for this time of year. 

Widespread triple digit heat is expected throughout the San Joaquin Valley Tuesday and Wednesday.

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