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Tioga Pass closing Sunday, November 1 at 4:00pm, possibly for the season

Friday, October 30th, 2015 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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As we enjoy the last rays of warm autumn sun ahead of a forecast winter storm, we got word from our friends at Yosemite National Park that Tioga Pass will be closing at 4:00pm on Sunday, November 1.

The pass has closed and opened a few times already this month as the weather has turned cooler and we’ve gotten some rain, but this time it’s likely that once the pass closes on Sunday it may remain closed for the rest of the winter season. Be sure to check road conditions before traveling to the Eastern Sierra, as other mountain passes may also begin to close.

The Sierra crest got its first dusting of snow this season last weekend. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

The Sierra crest got its first dusting of snow this season last weekend. We hope it’s the first of much more to come. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Fall colors are emerging in the Mono Basin

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 by Andrew, Project Specialist
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Fall is an exciting time to be in the Mono Basin—the days are getting cooler, the high peaks have their first dusting of snow, the animals are busily preparing for winter, and, of course, the leaves are beginning to change.

This picturesque waterfall nestled among the glowing aspens can be found less than a mile from the Lundy Canyon trailhead. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

This picturesque waterfall nestled among the glowing aspens can be found less than a mile from the Lundy Canyon trailhead. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Last week I hiked into Lundy Canyon, a favorite destination for fall colors, and it did not disappoint. The aspens are beginning to peak in brilliant yellows, contrasting beautifully with the surrounding landscape. Today, I continued my search (more…)

Fall color update: Mill Creek webcam shows peak color

Sunday, October 12th, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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As the sun dips lower in the sky and we enter mid-October, the aspen, cottonwood, and willow trees of the Mono Basin, as well as other deciduous trees and plants, become more colorful at low elevations. You can track these changes from anywhere on our three webcams.

Mill Creek on 10/9/14 from the Mill Creek Webcam.

Mill Creek on October 9, 2014 from the Mill Creek Webcam.

The Mono Lake Webcam shows that Lee Vining Creek is very colorful near Mono Lake. The Lee Vining Webcam shows a lot of color in town. And the Mill Creek Webcam, looking down Mill Creek toward Mono Lake, has the best (more…)

Live weather information from Lee Vining only working intermittently

Monday, March 3rd, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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The Mono Lake Committee’s “live” Lee Vining weather data has not updated consistently lately. We are planning to replace the computer that gathers that data this spring, however the “live” weather data on this website may be out of date until that occurs.

In the meantime, you can instead track our daily weather observations that we send to the National Weather Service every morning. This is the official weather from Lee Vining, and while it isn’t updated every ten minutes, it is usually updated every day. Be aware that the data is preliminary—if it contains a mistake, when that mistake is corrected, it is not shown here. But it provides a good indication of what the weather was like on most days during the past month.

Lake-effect snow at Mono Lake

Friday, December 6th, 2013 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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Yesterday morning, the west half of Mono Lake was blanketed in fog, clouds, and snow. Yes, snow—lake-effect snow! In Lee Vining we measured three inches of new snow (and 1–2 inches new were reported in Mono City), adding to the three inches measured Wednesday morning, for a total of six inches on the ground!

Mono Lake Webcam shot from 8:29 am 12/5/2013 showing the new snow at the Scenic Area Visitor Center at the north end of Lee Vining. The dark area at the center of the photo is the riparian vegetation along Lee Vining Creek ending at Mono Lake.

Mono Lake Webcam shot from 8:29am on December 5 showing the new snow at the Scenic Area Visitor Center at the north end of Lee Vining. The dark area at the center of the photo is the riparian vegetation along Lee Vining Creek ending at Mono Lake.

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Mono Lake Committee’s fire and smoke web page updated

Monday, September 2nd, 2013 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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We updated our fire and smoke page due to the great interest in the current conditions of the Rim Fire burning to the west and the associated smoke that is occasionally drifting as far south as Tuolumne Meadows and the Mono Basin. See all the new links here.

Among our new and updated links, we link to the smoke map (embedded below) showing fires, smoke, and (more…)

Another record-breaking summer for hot weather

Thursday, August 8th, 2013 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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Last year, I wrote about how hot the summer of 2012 was in Lee Vining. So far, 2013 is even hotter. Both June and July average temperatures were the warmest on record this year. But it has been much rainier as well.

On hot summer days, nothing beats a swim in Mono Lake! Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

From April 1 to August 1, Mono Lake dropped only 2/3 of the 1 foot that it dropped last year (both dry years), primarily because of about two inches more rain this year. Those cooler rainy days also kept July 2013’s average maximum temperature about the same as July 2012, despite having warmer minimums and maximums.

July 2013 had a record number of nights (eight) in the 60s (degrees F). It set a new record for (more…)

Digital 395 installation happening in Lee Vining

Thursday, May 9th, 2013 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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For the last week the streets of Lee Vining have been overtaken by heavy equipment and construction workers, all to complete one of the last stretches of Digital 395, the stimulus-funded project that will provide high-speed broadband internet to communities between Barstow and Carson City.

This view from the Lee Vining Webcam on May 8 at 11:55am shows Digital 395 construction in the center of Highway 395 ... along with much-needed rain clouds!

In fact, if you’ve logged into the Lee Vining Webcam recently, you will have seen the “ditch witch” drilling right in the middle of (more…)

Concrete Mono Lake is going in….

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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This morning we changed the angle of the Remodel Cam to show the metal frame of our roughly ten-foot-square Mono Lake map out in front of the store. The map will be filled with blue concrete sometime in the next week, with a pale stain for Paoha Island and a dark stain for Negit Island. Keep your eye on the cam to see the concrete map take shape….

Staff and contractors admire the lake frame before getting it oriented just right. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

A cool detail about the map—the concrete slab around the lake needs seams in order to (more…)

Track our remodel progress with the new webcam

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Today the Remodel Cam captured the feet of Roy from Escoto Construction & Design ... much more to come!

Check out the Mono Lake Committee’s newest, temporary webcam: the Remodel Cam! Greg installed it just inside the front doors today, and it’s pointing out toward the street to bring you glimpses of our exciting remodel project.

This camera will be on most of the time from 6:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday, for the duration of the project. We may move the camera around to show different views, and we may need to unplug it if someone needs to use the internet in the bookstore. Also, inclement weather delays the remodel, so if you see snow or rain in the camera, you probably won’t see anyone working.

Keep checking to see the ADA-accessible lift installed, the granite boulders stabilized, and the new deck materialize … plus much more. Let us know what you think in the comments section!

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