National Weather Service Hanford Office Flood Warning for the Merced River at Pohono Bridge in Yosemite National Park Continues Until Further Notice
As of Sunday, June 18, 2017
June 19, 2017 - The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a flood warning for the Merced River at Pohono Bridge until further notice.
Snowmelt will cause the Merced River at Pohono Bridge to rise above flood stage late tonight and continue the next several days. Water will also be very fast and cold creating increased danger. Forecasts are based on present and forecasted meteorological and hydrologic conditions at time of issuance.
Unlisted forecast points are expected to remain below monitor stage. All those affected by river conditions should remain alert for rapid changes and for possible forecast revisions.
For more hydrologic information and stage definitions refer to the following web site:http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/hnx/hydro.php
The next statement will be issued Monday, June 19, by 9:00 AM PDT.
At 8:00 AM Sunday the stage was 9.9 feet.
Minor Flooding is forecast.
Forecast to recede to near 9.0 FT Sunday evening then expected to rise above flood stage of 10.0 FT after midnight tomorrow then forecast to rise to near 10.0 FT after midnight tomorrow then forecast to fluctuate near 10.0 FT thru tomorrow morning.
Flood Stage 10.0 ft
IMPACT...Near 10.0 feet, Western portion of North Pines Campground located at the east end of Yosemite Valley between the confluence of the Merced River and Tenaya Creek begins to flood. Water rises to the base of the swinging bridge downstream from Chapel Meadow.
IMPACT...Near 9.5 feet, Portion of Lower Pines Campground becomes flooded. Limited site-specific evacuations begin at Housekeeping Camp located along the south-facing bank of the Merced River. (Upstream from Sentinel Bridge and downstream from Stoneman Bridge)
IMPACT...Near 9.0 feet, Chapel Meadow (south side of river) and Cooks Meadow (north side of river) begins to experience overflow.
IMPACT...Near 6.5 feet, River is closed to rafters and flotation.