The remains of two storm systems that converged this week in drought-stricken California have helped breathe new life into one of Yosemite National Park’s most popular attractions: Yosemite Falls.
“We had a massive storm,” the park said on Instagram on Tuesday after more than six inches of rain fell over a 36-hour period. The park covers over 747,000 acres along the central-western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in east-central California.
Although the park said it had no direct measurements, he said that “the sensors show that several feet of snow has fallen in higher elevations,” and that the snow levels were “high” for most of the storm, causing rivers and streams to appear. ” rise substantially. ” The Merced River at Pohono Bridge rose 8.5 feet, the park said, noting that it is 1.5 feet below flood level.
At 2,425 feet, Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America. Its peak runoff usually occurs in May, after most of the snow in the park has melted, but by August it often diminishes to a trickle or dries up completely. Late fall storms can help rebuild the falls.
The video showed an almost dry waterfall on Saturday, followed by a strong rush on Tuesday.
The rains in Yosemite were the result of two storms that converged in the Bay Area, resulting in flooding, high winds and some much-needed rainfall in California, which was struggling with large wildfires and severe drought caused by climate change.
“This is a rare event,” said Brian Ochs, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Hanford, California, about the heavy rainfall. “It’s not just October or any time of the year.”
He said that part of the reason for the recharge was the dry soil over the past few months.
“Dry soil is probably less likely to absorb water,” he said.
The Weather Service said Monday that San Francisco received at least four inches of rain in 24 hours, the fourth wettest day in the city on record. Sacramento also set a daily record: more than five inches of rain… Forecasters honored the memory haiku:
We asked for rain
We begged and begged for it
And the boy came
But record rains won’t end California’s ongoing drought.
Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom extended the drought emergency and asked residents to redouble their efforts to save water.
This is California’s second driest year on record, with nearly record low storage levels in the state’s largest reservoirs, according to the Governor’s Administration.
Severe drought, exacerbated by climate change, continues to affect much of the western United States and even the northern Great Plains.