After a long, cool spring, the weather in Yosemite has finally warmed up. Increasing snowmelt has raised the volume of the waterfalls, and partially flooded the meadows. And it’s supposed to get warmer: temperatures are predicted to reach eighty or above tomorrow and Wednesday. The waterfalls will only get bigger, and the meadows will turn into giant reflecting ponds. The Merced River is expected to reach flood stage by tomorrow night, and peak early Thursday morning. Flooding will probably be minor, but road closures are possible.
All this happens at just the right time for people hoping to photograph the lunar rainbow during the upcoming full moon. Once again, here’s a link to Don Olson’s site with his predictions for when the moonbow will be visible from the bridge below Lower Yosemite Fall, and from Cook’s Meadow. Note that the lower fall will probably be much too wet for photography—it will be impossible to keep spray off the lens. Also, here’s a link to one of my previous posts with tips for photographing this event.
There is no official word on when Tioga Pass will open. It’s possible that they could unlock the gates this weekend, but it seems more likely that will happen the following week, or even later.
In the meantime, we’ve had some great light and clouds in Yosemite Valley recently. I’ve included a mini gallery of images here from last Monday (6/6) and Saturday (6/11), made during my last two private workshops. My students Paulo and Stephen got lucky with the weather!