Yosemite Valley is closed. People were asked to vacate and head outta Dodge. The predicted deluge is supposed to hit tonight and into Sunday evening. Although weather forecasting is not that good in the west due to little incoming data from the ocean, this one seems to be with certainly.
The Northeast is having a major snow / ice problem. Oh me, oh my, the end is coming.
Computer projections show the Bay area getting mega-inches (drought over?). The great Merced has an overflow height of 10 feet from its stony base. The pinheads say it could reach 16 feet.
The Merced River Plan calls for the movement of a lot of facilities away from the flood plane – well, when the money appears. So this will be a good test if the plan was right.
READ: The Merced River Plan
Other parts of the park are still open. You can get into the park to many of the attractions. You can drive on the Wawona road to Glacier Point – but then you’d have to walk, ski, or snowshoe to get to the overlook. This would be a good place to watch the devastation. Surf’s up, dude! Although if you enter via the Arch Rock gate on Hwy 140 – watch out. The Merced flows right next to it and in the ’97 flood a large part of the road was washed out.
Merced Flow chart already at flood height.
I’d stay home. And I will. In fact, there is a Yosemite Gateway Partners meeting on Thursday. I hope the water will recede by then. Not likly. Plus anther cloud buster is coming in Tuesday.
Employees are being sent home to avoid big problems. Of course, some visitors will stay to gawk. A good time to test your waterproof tent!
Stay tuned and watch this one from afar. But at least the waterfalls will be jamming. But it’s better to have snow – the Merced flows in to the San Joaquin valley to make farmers happy. The valley itself has sunk a few inches due to ground water pumping during the drought.
Oh me, oh my.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “They tell us that we lost our tails. Evolving up
From little snails. I say it’s all just wind in sails. Are we not men? We are Devo.
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome