Winter In Yosemite National Park

December 1, 2012 by  

Winter In Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Falls, Bridal Veil Fall, and other waterfalls in Yosemite Valley were flowing again Monday after a series of storms over the weekend produced just under two inches of rain, park officials said. The rainfall got Yosemite Falls, which has been dry for several months due to an exceptionally dry year, flowing again for the first time since mid-July.

According to park officials, the region has endured one of the driest years on record, and the driest winter since 2007. The lack of precipitation had halted the flow in the park’s majestic falls.

“To see Bridal Veil Fall going so strong is such a beautiful sight”, said Don Neubacher, Yosemite National Park Superintendent. “After such a dry period, seeing the waterfalls flowing again is spectacular”.

Snow levels remained high over the weekend, at about the 8,000 foot level.

The park experienced the most significant storm of the season so far, which helped saturate extremely dry soils. The level of the Merced River, measured at the Happy Isles Gauging Station, had dipped to below four cubic feet per second (cfs) in October, park officials said.

The low level is very rare, officials said, and signified just how low the flow of Merced River had dropped. The storm system over the weekend has not had a huge effect on the level of the Merced River.

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