Yosemite National Park --- Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Sunny. Highs 62 to 69 at 5000 feet...47 to 57 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, southwest winds around 25 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 40 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Near the crest, mostly clear in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers after midnight. A 20 percent chance of snow showers after midnight. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Lows 37 to 44 at 5000 feet...26 to 34 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 40 mph in the evening.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of snow showers in the morning, slight chance of showers in the morning, then chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, chance of snow showers in the morning, then snow showers likely in the afternoon, slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Snow level 7500 feet. Highs 55 to 63 at 5000 feet...43 to 53 at 8000 feet.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Glacier Point | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa | Badger Pass

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Free COVID-19 Testing
Free COVID-19 Testing is available in Yosemite Valley on Mondays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed 2:00-3:00 pm for lunch). The testing site is located at the Yosemite Valley Emergency Services Complex (9034 Lost Arrow Rd).

Testing is available in El Portal on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed 2:00-3:00 pm for lunch). The testing site is located at the El Portal Community Center.

The park's testing provider is OptumServe/LHI. Testing is available for people of all ages, including children 3 and up with their parents/guardians present, as long as the children can tolerate the test. Registering in advance is strongly advised, though space for some walk ins may be available. It is easy to sign up online or by phone.

There are 100 appointments available each testing day. Register online for your OptumServe test here: https://lhi.care/covidtesting. It will take several minutes to complete your initial registration. You can also register by calling 888-634-1123.

OptumServe testing also remains available in Mariposa from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm (closed 11:30 - 1:00 for lunch) break) Tuesdays through Saturdays. Testing is also available in Groveland.

Yosemite National Park ## Friday, April 16, 2021

Yosemite National Park

Friday, April 16, 2021

 

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today:  Sunny. Highs 66 to 72 at 5000 feet...50 to 60 at 8000 feet.

Tonight:  Mostly clear. Lows 41 to 51 at 5000 feet...30 to 39 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny. Highs 60 to 68 at 5000 feet...46 to 56 at 8000 feet.

 

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:  

Yosemite National Park --Friday, April 16, 2021

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, April 16, 2021

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Snow accumulation up to 2 inches. Snow level 7000 feet. Highs 56 to 64 at 5000 feet...42 to 52 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then clearing. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of snow showers in the evening. Snow accumulation up to 2 inches. Lows 36 to 45 at 5000 feet...25 to 33 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Near the crest, slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon. No snow accumulation. Highs 58 to 66 at 5000 feet...43 to 53 at 8000 feet.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Glacier Point | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa | Badger Pass

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Yosemite Valley Library Wi-Fi Out Sunday
On Sunday, April 18, SJVLS will be performing network maintenance from 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM. During this time, there will be no Wi-Fi at the Mariposa County Library Yosemite Valley Branch (Girls Club Building). Many Valley Cat features will not be available, including: My Account, My Lists, placing holds, paying fines, access to databases and e-Resources, checking out e-Books and e-Audiobooks, and item status (checked out, checked in, in-transit, etc.). Apologies for the inconvenience. (C. Reynolds)

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RECENT NEWS

Free COVID-19 Testing
Free COVID-19 Testing is available in Yosemite Valley on Mondays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed 2:00-3:00 pm for lunch). The testing site is located at the Yosemite Valley Emergency Services Complex (9034 Lost Arrow Rd).

Testing is available in El Portal on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed 2:00-3:00 pm for lunch). The testing site is located at the El Portal Community Center.

The park's testing provider is OptumServe/LHI. Testing is available for people of all ages, including children 3 and up with their parents/guardians present, as long as the children can tolerate the test. Registering in advance is strongly advised, though space for some walk ins may be available. It is easy to sign up online or by phone.

There are 100 appointments available each testing day. Register online for your OptumServe test here: https://lhi.care/covidtesting. It will take several minutes to complete your initial registration. You can also register by calling 888-634-1123.

OptumServe testing also remains available in Mariposa from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm (closed 11:30 - 1:00 for lunch) break) Tuesdays through Saturdays. Testing is also available in Groveland.

Yosemite National Park ## Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
 
Today:  Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of snow showers in the morning, then chance of snow showers in the afternoon, chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, a 50 percent chance of snow showers, a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Snow accumulation up to 2 inches. Snow level 6000 feet. Highs 46 to 54 at 5000 feet... 32 to 42 at 8000 feet.
Tonight:  Mostly cloudy in the evening then clearing. Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow showers in the evening, then clear after midnight. Near the crest, mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow showers in the evening, then mostly clear after midnight. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Total snow accumulation up to 3 inches. Lows 30 to 40 at 5000 feet...19 to 27 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow:  Sunny. Not as cool. Highs 54 to 62 at 5000 feet... 40 to 50 at 8000 feet.
 
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Yosemite National Park Friday, April 12, 2021

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, April 12, 2021
 
Today:  Sunny. Highs 61 to 69 at 5000 feet...47 to 57 at 8000 feet.
Tonight:  Mostly clear. Lows 38 to 47 at 5000 feet...28 to 36 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow:  Sunny, windy. Highs 56 to 64 at 5000 feet...42 to 52 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 70 mph.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 
Free COVID-19 Testing Today
Free COVID-19 Testing is available in Yosemite Valley on Monday, April 12 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed 2:00-3:00 pm for lunch). The testing site is located at the Yosemite Valley Emergency Services Complex (9034 Lost Arrow Rd).
 
Testing is available in El Portal on Wednesday, April 14 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed 2:00-3:00 pm for lunch). The testing site is located at the El Portal Community Center.
 
The park's testing provider is OptumServe/LHI. Testing is available for people of all ages, including children 3 and up with their parents/guardians present, as long as the children can tolerate the test. Registering in advance is strongly advised, though space for some walk ins may be available. It is easy to sign up online or by phone.
 
There are 100 appointments available each testing day. Register online for your OptumServe test here: https://lhi.care/covidtesting. It will take several minutes to complete your initial registration. You can also register by calling 888-634-1123.
 
OptumServe testing also remains available in Mariposa from 7:00 am - 3:00 pm (closed 11:30 - 1:00 for lunch) break) Tuesdays through Saturdays. Testing is also available in Groveland.
 
It continues to be recommended for anyone working in close contact with high volumes of the public to continue to get tested frequently. For those who have been fully vaccinated, it is recommended to get tested between every two weeks to at least once a month. For those who have not yet been fully vaccinated, or for those who work in healthcare/EMT or other close-contact positions, it is recommended to get tested every 7-14  days.
 
If you have been traveling out of your home area or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, it is recommended to get tested within 4-6 days of returning from travel or from the date of the COVID-19 exposure.  (J. Richards)
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National Telecommunicator Week April 11-17
Next week please take time to acknowledge public safety dispatchers and the work they perform.  Yosemite is fortunate to have dispatchers staffing the center 24/7.  They also provide services to Lassen Volcanic National Park, Devils Postpile National Monument, and Santa Monica National Recreation Area.  It is a very busy center with multiple telephone lines and radio repeaters.  These dedicated professionals come to work during adverse conditions and provide a critical link to multiple services.  
 
Visitors are still not accepted in the center due to COVID concerns, but please consider thanking these individuals for always being ready to answer the call.  Christine Mitchell, Stephen Asbury, Lonnie Lawhon, Tim Raaf, Justin Wilson, Michael Driscoll, Jack Davisson, Kelsey O'Gara, Michael Breceda, and Cody Hays - what an amazing team!  (N. Phillipe)
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YNPCCC Hiring
Yosemite National Park Childcare Center is hiring full time teachers and substitute teachers at both the Valley and El Portal Locations. YNPCCC cares for children from 4 months old to 12 years old, and primarily operates outdoors. Ideal candidates are highly experienced working with this age range and are dedicated reliable team members. To apply send a letter of interest, resume and 3 references to mmorimoto@ynpccc.org.  (M. Morimoto)
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Wellness Coalition
Virtual Creative Art Sessions
Led by Jamie G. & Giselle Diaz In Partnership with the Center for Creative Arts Therapy
Every Wednesday in April: 7, 14, 21, 28 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Zoom.us/join Meeting ID: 206 626 9920 Passcode: wellness1
This 4-part series is a space to create art and connect. Each week will have a theme centered around Mindfulness. All levels welcome. Basic supplies needed are paper, pen/pencil, markers, color pencils, paint is optional.
 
Trashy Tuesday Community Cleanup
Led by Emily Brosk and Erin Callahan
Tuesday, April 13 10:00am - 2:00pm Pines Campgrounds, meet at the Lower Pines Registration Booth
Tuesday, April 20 3:00pm - 7:00pm Village Day-Use Parking Lot & Picnic Areas
Who said Facelift can only happen once a year? Join in for a community volunteer clean-up at the campgrounds and other popular visitor areas. The focus is on that pesky micro-trash! You can volunteer for one hour or the whole day! Remember to bring a mask (and gloves, if you have them). All other trash pickup materials and equipment will be provided.
 
Thursday Morning Meditation
Led by Jetta Blaine
Every Thursday 9:00 am - 9:15 am
zoom.us/join Meeting ID: 206 626 9920 Passcode: wellness1  (J. Gonzales)
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Volunteer Outreach
1. Seeking a few volunteers to assist with database updates. Open for multiple people. May 21 - Sept 30.
Volunteer would be responsible for collecting reservation information from various stakeholders including Yosemite Hospitality & Rec.gov. Task takes 15 - 30m daily if all goes well.
 - Applicant would need to have a PIV card.
 - Familiarity with Microsoft Access. Would need to update between 10:00pm  and 11:00pm the night before or before 6:30am the day of. (Flexible hours)
 - Basic troubleshooting skills required, both technical and decision making.  If something is not loading correctly in the database, then basic checks for formatting, naming conventions, and making sure the script runs. However, if some party has not submitted their data, it would involve calling that party, and asking them to submit.
 - Virtual volunteer options: Absolutely! This is not something that requires someone to be here physically.
 - Training will be provided although a basic understanding of data management will be required.
Email david_miyako@nps.gov for more information.
 
2. Volunteer with the Wilderness Restoration Crew: Seeking 1-2 people. Internship June 6 to approximately Sept 30 (dates negotiable).
Entails camping in front country before Tuolumne opens & moving to Tuolumne Campground when open. Restoration team is 2 crews of 5 people each. Teams work 4 & 8 day backcountry trips on inappropriately located campsites, social trails, etc.
Work involves:
 - Data collection on smart phones, setting up photo points, hiking, living with 4 others, cooking, carrying ecological restoration treatments on social trails, inappropriately located campsites & social trails as well as some invasive plant removal and meadow restoration.
 - Potential to spend a few weeks in August hiking up the Elizabeth Lake trail, daily, to finish closing/ restoring a rerouted trail.
 - Maintain meadow restoration projects in Tuolumne Meadows with volunteer crews.
 - September both crews will work on the L. Cathedral Lake Trail reroute and meadow restoration project.
 - LNT educated, & multi-night (at least 4 nights) backpacking experience preferred.
 - Be prepared to work hard, get very dirty, days can be long & monotonous.
 - Flexibility & adaptability a must. Priorities may often change as summer progresses.
 - Expect varied weather: wet, sunny, snowy, and temps can range from hot to cold, all in one day.  
Provided: tents, cooking gear, group gear. Not provided: backpack, sleeping pad and sleeping bag.
Cover letter and resume required. Position open until filled. Submit application to yose_volunteers@nps.gov.
 
3. A Yosemite National Park Interpretation Ranger is seeking someone with great organizational, planning and design skills. This is an event planning volunteer opportunity for a local or a Gateway Partner Virtual Volunteer, with the possibility of staying at the TM campground during the planned event in August. The volunteer would work flexible, part-time hours in the time leading up to the event.  
Seeking someone proficient in:
 - Adobe Photoshop or other design software to create flyers and other promotional materials
 - Microsoft Word & Excel (or equivalent programs) to track materials, times, dates, budget and other data
 - Marketing and promotional skills to promote the event
 - Would require own transportation to the campground & event.
Position open until filled. Submit cover letter & resume to april_kunieda@nps.gov.
 
4. Seeking volunteers to assist in application of SPLAT (a preventive against beetle infestation) on Sugar Pine in the coming weeks. The work areas are mostly in the sequoia groves. Tentatively looking at the last 2 weeks of April through the first 2 weeks of May.
"A complication with this project is its ambiguous timing unfortunately as we have to meet a window in which the beetles just start to fly to be most effective."
 - Possible accommodation (most likely in Campgrounds).
 - Volunteers will be trained in application and information about the project and get them started in the field.
The ideal candidates would be able to work relatively independently once the initial training is complete. Independently being able to navigate and do a loose grid operation as well as ability to identify a minimum of several species of trees including Sugar Pine also a plus.
For more information email Pegg_Julson@nps.gov  (J. Gonzales)
 
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
 
Wawona Road Delays April 13-16
Crews are finishing up some warm weather work in the slide stabilization area located approximately 1 mile north of the Wawona Campground. As part of this final stabilization work there will be 30-minute delays for four days, Tuesday through Friday (April 13-16) from 7AM to 5PM with 15-minute delays during commuter hours.
 
Summary of Delays/Closures:
Daytime Delays
4/13/21 thru 4/19/21 = 15 Minute Delays (7AM to 8AM & 3PM to 5PM)
4/13/21 thru 4/19/21 = 30 Minute Delays (8AM to 3PM)
 
No nighttime or weekend delays. (M. Pieper)
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Meadow Loop Trail Temporary Closure
Due to the roughly 90 downed trees and a number of standing snags, the Meadow Loop Trail in Wawona will be temporarily closed. Forestry and Trials crews will be clearing the 3.5 mile fire road/trail over the next couple of weeks. The closure applies to all users. Conditions are currently such that navigation and trail-finding are difficult and hazardous. If you see them, please thank the Forestry and Trails crews for their work on this popular local trail.  (C. Andrews)
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Badger Pass Closed
Badger Pass is now closed to visitor vehicle access. The gate at Chinquapin is shut and locked. The road from Chinquapin to Badger Pass is open to Administrative Traffic as well as open to bicycle access. The road from Badger Pass to Glacier Point is closed to all but plowing and emergency vehicles.  (J. Trust)
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Bridalveil Falls Project Traffic Control Update 3/5/21
There will be 15 minute delays from 0700 to 0830 and up to 30 minute delays from 0830 to 1730 on Southside Drive between Pohono Bridge and the Wawona Road junction. Contractors will be completing utility work in the roadway as part of the Bridalveil Falls project. The Bridalveil Fall parking lot and trails are closed to visitation to allow for ongoing rehabilitation work. NPS crews are currently constructing a new accessible trail and making other trail and site repairs. Contractor work consisting of utility upgrades and parking lot and bus platform improvements will continue through May 2021.  (P. Johnson)
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Tree Trimming In El Portal
Valley Forestry has begun residential trimming and hazard reduction in Rancheria and Old El Portal. Surveyors will be assessing trees. They will be followed by climbing crews performing work. This work will focus on reducing dead wood in trees, and minimizing removal of green limbs unless absolutely necessary. Requests for hazard evaluation can be sent to brian_see@nps.gov. Thanks for being patient with Forestry vehicles affecting traffic.  (B. See)
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El Portal Warehouse Roof Replacement
Replacement of the roofing membrane on the El Portal Warehouse roof is expected to continue through the spring, and possibly the summer. This project includes replacement of four of the large HVAC units on the roof, as well as the deteriorated joint sealant on the tilt-up concrete wall panels on the exterior walls, and demolition of an obsolete solar system. Crews will be working both on the roof and around the exterior of the building on lifts. They will try to keep all entrances open, but there may be periodic interruptions.  (K. White)
 

Yosemite National Park - Day-Use Reservation System

Yosemite National Park to Re-Implement a Day-Use Reservation System Beginning on Friday, May 21, 2021
 
 
Yosemite National Park – Beginning Friday, May 21, visitors to Yosemite National Park will need a day-use reservation to enter the park. The temporary day-use reservation system will allow the park to manage visitation levels to reduce risks associated with exposure to COVID-19.
 
Day-use reservations will be required for all users, including annual and lifetime pass holders. Each reservation is valid for three days.
 
Reservations are available on www.recreation.gov beginning at 8 a.m. on April 21, 2021. Each day-use reservation is valid for one vehicle and the occupants of that vehicle. For more detailed information, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm  
 
Day-use reservations are included for all visitors staying overnight in the park. This includes reservations for The Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite Valley Lodge, Curry Village, Wawona Hotel, Housekeeping Camp, NPS-managed campgrounds. Day-use reservations are also included for all visitors with wilderness and Half Dome permits and visitor entering the park via YARTS buses and on permitted commercial tours.  

Tuolumne Winter Conditions Update For April 7, 2021

Tuolumne Winter Conditions Update For April 7, 2021
New snow: none
Total settled snow depth: 33 inches (at 8,600 feet)
High temperature: 57°F (April 3)
Low temperature: 15°F (April 6)
 
March Weather Summary
New Snow: 45 inches (historical average 55.5 inches)
Snow Water Equivalent: 2.84 inches (historical average 3.87 inches)
Average Temperature: 26.0°F (historical average 28.5°F)  
 
Ski Conditions and Weather: It was warm and dry in the Yosemite high country this week. The sound of wind has been replaced by the sound of running water. The Tuolumne River is opening up fast and snow depths are shrinking. Although our snow stake still shows 33 inches at our weather plot, more bare ground is appearing daily. South aspects below 9,000 feet are now mostly snow free.    
 
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