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Yosemite National Park Monday, January 8th, 2018

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday, January 8th, 2018
Today: Rain and snow...snow near the crest. Breezy. Snow accumulation up to 18 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 45 to 51 at 5000 feet...37 to 43 at 8000 feet. South winds around 25 mph over higher elevations. Gusts up to 55 mph.
Tonight: Rain and snow...snow near the crest. Windy, colder. Snow accumulation up to 26 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Lows 30 to 40 at 5000 feet...25 to 31 at 8000 feet. Southeast winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 50 mph...south 25 to 40 mph with gusts to around 75 mph over higher elevations.
Saturday: Showers in the morning, then showers in the afternoon. Near the crest, snow showers. Windy. Snow accumulation up to 12 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 42 to 49 at 5000 feet...35 to 43 at 8000 feet. South winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 50 mph in the morning.
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YARTS Free Day
The next YARTS free service day will be Monday, January 15th. The buses will only stop and pick up at the Visitor Center on that day and the schedule has been modified, so please plan ahead. Also, please expect buses to be at capacity or standing room only. The free day schedule can be found online at or  (C. Kelly)
Hooting Owl Lecture Series Thursday
"Recent advances in studying Yosemite Valley rockfalls" by Greg Stock, Park Geologist
Yosemite has experienced many significant rockfalls this past year. Rockfalls present challenging – and sometimes tragic – situations, but they also offer opportunities to learn more about how and why rockfalls happen. This talk will describe how new analytical tools such as high-resolution photography, structure-from-motion photogrammetry, airborne and terrestrial laser scanning, cliff monitoring, and cosmogenic exposure dating provide new insights that improve our understanding of rockfalls and help the park reduce rockfall risk.
This inaugural Hooting Owl Lecture Series will take place on Thursday, January 11th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Wawona Community Center.  (G. Stock)
Yosemite Medical Clinic Holiday Closure
Yosemite Medical Clinic will be closed Monday, January 15th in observance of the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., a federal holiday. As usual, ambulance response will be available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week by calling 911.  (C. Griffin)
Looking For RV Space
Glenn Gibbons (Arch Rock) and Mitzi Thornley (RMS) have been notified that, after 20 years, they will have to vacate their RV space at Indian Flat Park in El Portal for re-development by April 1st.  They have a 28 foot 5th Wheel that would need full hook ups (Electric, Sewer, Water) and would be willing to pay $600.00 monthly along with assuming full responsibility for prepping the space for occupancy. If you have or know of such a space, even for short-term, please contact Mitzi Thornley at 379-1060 or  (M. Thornley)
Room For Rent In Mariposa
One bedroom available in a large house in Mariposa. Non-smoker, employed, male or female. Must like cats (the house has several well-behaved cats). Bedroom is unfurnished, has private bath. $500/mo + shared utilities (estimate $200-300/month). First & last; cash or PayPal only. Contact Cheryl at or 436-9150 (leave a message).   (H. Huppe)
Art Center Demolition
The AAC demolition is completed except for the sand removal under the building. This will require a contract modification and so the project is on hold until the modification is completed by PWR, likely in late January - early February. Completion of the sand removal is expected by early February.  (D. Miller)
Museum/District Building Electrical Rehab Project
This project will rehabilitate the electrical system in the Museum/District Building by installing grounding in the existing electrical circuits. The Contractor mobilized on Monday, December 18th and the project is expected to run for 6 months. The 8 parking stalls to the west of the building between the sidewalk on the south and the south end of the fence to the north will become the Contractor's staging areas.  Please do not leave any vehicles parked there on Sunday night. Thank you.  (K. White)