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!
‘New Website Features’ Category
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…)
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.
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…)
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 post was written by Erik Lyon, 2013 Project Specialist.
Released in June of 2011, the 27-minute film was a much-needed update from the slideshow that had been (more…)
Jim Cokas’ Tuolumne Meadows Poetry Festival broadsides can now be found on the Mono Lake Committee online store! If you missed your chance to purchase one of the pieces currently hanging in our gallery while you were in the Mono Basin, shop online and we will ship the prints to your front door. These broadsides also make the perfect gift for that person who has everything. Curious about broadsides?
Jim explained the concept of a “broadside” while hanging his show in the Mono Lake Theater & Gallery this past fall. Broadsides were common in (more…)
If you’ve got a smartphone, scan this QR code to get to Mono Lake Mobile, a handy site for directions to South Tufa, Old Marina, County Park, and other useful links for your visit to the Mono Basin.
You can also see our stream of Instagram photos, which showcase our storefront remodel, views from around the Mono Basin, and recent events.
Please take a second to give us some feedback too—how well did it work for you?
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….
A cool detail about the map—the concrete slab around the lake needs seams in order to (more…)
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!
Did you know that by clicking on the shop for Mono Lake link on the Mono Lake Committee’s website, Amazon will donate 5% of your purchase to help the restoration, education, and protection of Mono Lake?
It’s as easy as that! If you are going to do your holiday shopping on Amazon, simply click this link or type “www.shopformonolake.org” into your browser, and it will take you to Amazon. From there, Amazon will track what you buy and give Mono Lake 5% of your total purchase.
When you’re done there, don’t forget to shop the Committee’s online store for all of your Mono Lake Committee logo gear!
As always, thank you for your support and have a wonderful holiday season.