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Expect weeks of peak waterfall activity in California’s Yosemite park

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Waterfalls in Yosemite National Park will likely reach peak flows between now and May.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/20v7N6R) Monday, April 11, that thunderstorms, showers and intense periods of rain on top of snow have unleashed snowmelt in Yosemite Valley.

High waters have closed the Merced River to rafting for a few days. At Pohono Bridge, which is west of Bridalveil Fall, the Merced hit nearly 8 feet at the gauge.

That is nearly three times the flow on April 1, though below flood stage at 10 feet, the newspaper reports.

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Other waterfalls that are thundering include Yosemite Falls, Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall. Others are near peak flow.

The April 1 snow survey measured the water content of the Merced Watershed at 91 percent of normal, and in the Tuolumne Watershed, 89 percent of normal.


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