Video from Yosemite Valley on May 24th, 2011. All photos & video in this post are from May 24th, 2011.
I went to Yosemite on May 24th, 2011 to see just how raging the waterfalls really were this year. They were pretty raging. I’ve always wanted to see the falls after a huge California winter. The last really big one was 1998 and I missed it. That year I vowed not to miss the next one.
Not only were the standard Yosemite waterfalls out of control, but right now, there are tumoltuous 2,000 vertical foot waterfalls that normally aren’t even there.
Yosemite snowpack is at 199% of normal this year, which translates into some freakin’ nutty waterfalls.
“Some falls that you can see now don’t have names and aren’t even on the map,” said park spokeswoman Kari Cobb.
The Merced is the river that drains Yosemite Valley. It is currently flowing at 199% of normal.
Yosemite Falls can fill a gasoline tanker truck with water every two seconds right now. EVERY 2 SECONDS!
Humans and objects in the Merced will be traveling downstream at 10mph in 40F water. That’s kinda sketchy, so try to stay out.
Speaking of humans, two of them have already died in Yosemite this year. One slipped and fell into the water just below Yosemite falls and was killed as the water smashed him against rocks and trees. The other fell into the Merced River, was ripped downstream, and unfortunately became stuck under a rock. Good to get those first couple outta the way. Now, we’ve only got 10 more to go…
SOME FUN YOSEMITE FACTS:
– 12 people die in Yosemite National park on average per year.
– 3.7 million people visit Yosemite National Park each year.
– Yosemite Search & Rescue launches 150-200 missions per year.
– Of California’s 7,000 plant species, about 50% occur in the Sierra Nevada and more than 20% within Yosemite.
– Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America at 2,420 feet (possibly the 3rd highest in the World).
– Peak snowmelt is expected in mid-June. So, yeah, the falls aren’t even at their full potential yet.
YOSEMITE VALLY WATERFALLLS:
Yosemite Falls (Upper, 1,430 ft.; Middle, 675 ft.; Lower, 320 ft.) highest in North America total drop of 2,425 feet.
Ribbon Fall (1,612 ft.), which flows off a cliff on the west side of El Capitan, is the tallest single fall in North America.
Horsetail Fall (1000 ft) – (I didn’t get a good photo)
Bridal Veil (620 ft.)
Illilouette Fall (370 ft.)- (no good photos, again)
Vernal Fall (317 ft.)
Nevada Fall (594 ft.)
ALL OF YOSEMITES WATERFALL WITH WIKIPEDIA LINKS:
- Bridalveil Fall 620 feet (190 m)
- Chilnualna Falls 690 feet (210 m)
- Horsetail Fall 2,100 feet (640 m)
- Illilouette Fall 370 feet (110 m)
- Lehamite Falls 1,180 feet (360 m)
- Nevada Fall 594 feet (181 m)
- Pywiack Cascade 600 feet (180 m)
- Quaking Aspen Falls 25 feet (7.6 m)
- Ribbon Fall 1,612 feet (491 m)
- Royal Arch Cascade 1,250 feet (380 m)
- Sentinel Fall 1,920 feet (590 m)
- Silver Strand Falls 574 feet (175 m)
- Snow Creek Falls 2,140 feet (650 m)
- Staircase Falls 1,020 feet (310 m)
- Three Chute Falls 80 feet (24 m)
- Tueeulala Falls 840 feet (260 m)
- Vernal Fall 317 feet (97 m)
- Wapama Falls 1,700 feet (520 m)
- Waterwheel Falls 300 feet (91 m)
- Wildcat Falls 630 feet (190 m)
- Yosemite Falls 2,425 feet (739 m)