‘Seasonal Update’ Category
According to the official Yosemite National Park website (and their Facebook page), the road crews that started plowing the Tioga Road on the west side of the park on Wednesday, April 16th made it to Porcupine Flat. Porcupine Flat is approximately halfway between Crane Flat and Tioga Pass. Additionally, on the eastside, Tioga Road is open to the high gate. There is still no project opening date, but we’ll keep you posted here on the Mono-logue!
As Arya mentioned in her recent Mono-logue post, it’s now the time of year when everyone waits with bated breath and hopeful road trip plans to hear about road openings. Here is the most current information we have:
- Tioga Pass (Hwy 120 west): Currently closed. Yosemite National Park will begin snow removal on April 16. However, a projected opening date has not been set.
- Bodie Road (SR 270): Currently scheduled to open April 15 (weather-dependent)
- Sonora Pass (Hwy 108): Projected opening date is April 20 (weather-dependent) (more…)
It’s officially the I-wonder-when-Tioga-Pass-is-going-to-open time of year.
Here at the Mono Lake Committee we’re keeping our eyes and ears out for any information on Tioga Pass too, so bookmark our Tioga Pass Watch and we’ll keep it updated with the best, real information we’ve got. We also post it all on Facebook and Twitter with #tiogapass. So … here’s what we know right now:
We have good news, and we have bad news. The good news is that for the Mono Basin, this year’s snowpack could have been worse. The bad news is that it is a another dry year—and in the Mono Basin, 2012–2014 looks like it will be the driest 3 consecutive years on record.
California’s April 1, 2014 snow surveys have been completed, and the statewide average snow water content is 25% of average. The lowest is the Scott River Basin at 7% of average. In the Mono Basin, it is (more…)
Everyone knows that Mono Lake is for the birds! And now is the time of year when that idea becomes a bit more literal. As of April 1st the Mono Lake island closure is in effect.
The island closure means that no one is allowed on or within one mile of the islands in Mono Lake. This closure is put into effect to protect the thousands of California Gulls that return to Mono Lake to nest on the islands year after year. The annual closure lifts on August 1st so until then, steer clear of the islands.
Additionally, the Osprey closure went into effect on April 1st. This closure prevents anyone from coming within 200 yards of (more…)
Are you looking for an opportunity to give back to your favorite place?
Each year, volunteers contribute hundreds of hours in the Mono Basin with the Mono Lake Volunteer Program. Whether conducting outreach to the public at South Tufa, pointing out birds with a scope at the State Reserve boardwalk, picking up trash, pulling invasive plants, or helping out at the Scenic Area Visitor Center, our volunteers (more…)
Yesterday marked the first day of the 2014 runoff year, and it is also time for adding up the total runoff from the 2013 runoff year.
A runoff year runs from April 1 to March 31, and enables tracking of stream runoff from the time of peak snowpack from one year to the next. Mono Basin runoff was about 54.5% of average between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014. This is 17.4% less runoff than the 66% of average runoff forecasted one year ago, thanks to the very dry spring, fall, and winter (last summer, precipitation was above-average thanks to thunderstorms). It was the second-farthest-off runoff prediction since the California State Water Resources Control Board’s Decision 1631 in 1994, after 18.6% too much runoff was predicted in 2008. (more…)
Although everyone at the Mono Lake Committee is aware that it’s a bit early for spring to be here, on a day-to-day basis, we have to admit that the warm weather is pretty nice.
Now, the definition of spring might be a little different in the Mono Basin than it is in other parts of the country—or even other parts of California. Our Membership Coordinator, Ellen King, told me that the difference between winter and spring in the Mono Basin is that in winter, a snow storm will drop a few inches and that snow will stick and (more…)