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Spring update: Snow is melting fast

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

In mid-March the sun began melting the snow in the Mono Basin very quickly, and now on the fifth day of spring, many south-facing slopes are bare, and below 7,000 feet the remaining snow is retreating quickly into the shade. Above 7,000 feet deep snow (more…)

Summer update: Crowd-free Labor Day weekend expected

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
American Avocets feed on Alkali Flies as the near-perfect summer weather continues at Mono Lake. Photo by Claire Skinner.

American Avocets feed on Alkali Flies as the near-perfect summer weather continues at Mono Lake. Photo by Claire Skinner.

With Tioga Road (Hwy 120) closed west of White Wolf in Yosemite National Park, Labor Day weekend crowds will be smaller than usual in the Mono Basin. Smoke from the Big Meadow Fire near Crane Flat is mostly going north of the Mono Basin. The fire is now 70% contained but road closures will remain in effect at least through the holiday weekend. Click here for the latest on the Yosemite fire.

Warm days and cool nights. Highs near 80 and lows in the 40s. Smoke in the north part of the Mono Basin is intermittent, with some clear and some smoky days. Skies over (more…)

Spring update: Warm weather increases runoff

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

Since the first week in May, cold and windy weather has been replaced by warm and calmer weather. This sudden change caused trees to leaf out, flowers to bloom, bugs and birds to come out, and snowmelt to dramatically increase. Sonora Pass opened last week and Tioga Pass opened yesterday. The last two weeks have been a burst of springtime activity! (more…)

Spring Update: Roads and businesses open; birds & flowers

Friday, April 17th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

Today the Mono Cone and Monitor Pass both opened! Osprey are seen daily in Lee Vining and the very first flowers are blooming along the Lee Vining Creek Trail!

A snowstorm every few days has kept the air cool and the ground wet, and typically brings strong winds along with it. The weather is finally expected to warm up early next week with highs in the (more…)

Route Designation on the Inyo National Forest

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 by Mono Lake Committee Staff

The Inyo National Forest is currently accepting comments on their Motorized Travel Management Project. The comment period is open through the end of March. Stop by the Mono Lake Committee Information Center and Bookstore on Highway 395 in Lee Vining to check the maps and make your comments. Or you can check the USFS website for all the detailed information on the project.

This project is part of (more…)

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