2013-03-21 / Front Page

Yosemite waterfalls pump up volume


Erik Skindrud / GAZETTE EDITOR

Longer days and warmer temperatures are increasing Yosemite Valley waterfalls' volume this month. The Bridalveil Fall viewing platform was one popular pilgrimage spot this past weekend.

A below-normal snowpack, however, is likely to keep this year's waterfall show below record-season offerings. Last week, total accumulated percipitation in the Merced River area was just two-thirds of normal. Hence, "the spring flood potential is below normal," according to the National Weather Service.

Spray from waterfalls, however, makes scrambling at their bases a risky proposition. Park officials remind visitors to stay inside designated areas whenever viewing fast-moving water.

Visitors flinch as a gust of spray hits the Bridalveil Fall viewing platform on March 24. Erik Skindrud / THE GAZETTEVisitors flinch as a gust of spray hits the Bridalveil Fall viewing platform on March 24. Erik Skindrud / THE GAZETTE

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