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yosemite Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

yosemite Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, December 4th, 2018
 
Today: Cloudy. A 50 percent chance of snow, slight chance of rain in the morning, then chance of rain in the afternoon. Near the crest, chance of snow in the morning, then snow likely in the afternoon. Snow level 5500 feet. Highs 42 to 48 at 5000 feet... 32 to 38 at 8000 feet. South winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph over higher elevations.
Tonight: Snow and rain likely. Near the crest, snow in the evening, then snow likely after midnight. Chance of precipitation 70 percent. Breezy. Snow accumulation up to 3 inches. Snow level 5500 feet. Lows 32 to 39 at 5000 feet...22 to 30 at 8000 feet. South winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 50 mph over higher elevations.
Tomorrow: Snow and rain likely...snow likely near the crest. Chance of precipitation 70 percent. Snow accumulation up to 3 inches. Total snow accumulation up to 6 inches. Snow level 6000 feet. Highs 40 to 46 at 5000 feet...30 to 36 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 40 mph in the morning.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY 
 
Public Meeting Canceled
The public meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday 12/5/18, for the Replace the Big Oak Flat Welcome Center Complex project and EA is cancelled due to the National Day of Mourning.  It will not be rescheduled, however the park is hosting a webinar on Wednesday December 12, 2018. Please see the project website (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/BigOakFlatEntrance) for details on how to register. (N. Daniele) 
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Winter Trail Closures
The Mist Trail along the Vernal Fall steps and the John Muir Trail along the Ice Cut (Clark Point to Panorama Trail Junction) are closed for the season. (J. Hoeflich)
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Planned Power Outage
PG&E is planning to replace a transformer in Wawona on Wednesday December 5th.  The outage will impact addresses in the vicinity of English Lane potentially between the hours of 0930 until 1600. (R. Hall)
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Yosemite Medical Clinic Closure 12/5/2018
In observance of the National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush the Yosemite Medical Clinic will follow operational procedure for a regular federal holiday and be closed on 12/5/2018. Normal operations will resume on 12/6/2018. As usual ambulance service will be available 24/7 by calling 911. (N.Munoz) 
 
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RECENT NEWS
El Portal Gas Station Temporary Closure
The El Portal Gas Station will have be shutdown from 7am-8am and again from 230pm-330pm on  Wednesday December 5 to install a new generator.  Fuel will not be available at these times. (J. Keyes) 
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Yosemite Bear Facts - November 18-27th, 2018
2018 Total Bear Incidents: 22
2018 Total Property Damage: $1,935
 
Compared to this same week 2017 (the lowest year on record), bear incidents in 2018 are down by 41% and damage amounts (in dollars) are down by 65%.
Compared to 1998 (when incidents in the park peaked), bear incidents and damages in 2018 are down by 99%.
 
Bear Activity Summary:  Bears are still very active in Yosemite Valley.  In about a week, there have been three reported cases of a bear obtaining garbage: from a campsite, a picnic area, and a concession facility. Bears also obtained food from food locker in a campsite, and  damaged a grill in a residential area.
 
In fall months, bears need to eat up to 20,000 calories every day to gain weight for hibernation. Because of this, bears tend to be more bold about obtaining calories, and increasingly come into conflict with people. It is safe to assume that each day a bear will wander past your campsite, house, or your parked car. It’s each of our responsibility to keep these bears safe and wild by storing all food, trash, and scented items at all times.
 
Red Bear, Dead Bear: So far this year, 16 bears have been hit by vehicles along park roads. PLEASE help protect wildlife by obeying speed limits and being prepared to stop for animals on roads.
 
Fascinating Bear Fact: During hibernation, bears do not eat, drink, urinate or defecate. They are able to recycle the calcium usually lost through excretions back into their bones.
 
Please report bear incidents and sightings: Call the Save-A-Bear Hotline at 209-372-0322 or e-mail yose_bear_mgmt@nps.gov.
 
For more information about Yosemite’s Bears, please visit: www.Keepbearswild.org (C. Lee-Roney)