• Rainbow over Half Dome

    Yosemite

    National Park California

The Real Return of Yosemite Falls

December 04, 2012 Posted by: BW - Volunteer Interpreter

Yosemite Falls may have been flowing by Thanksgiving, but it's not really back until the roar of water announces the return. Strong rainstorms over the past week have brought more than six inches of rain to the lower elevations of Yosemite, making even the smallest drainages fill with the water that flows and tumbles down the Valley walls. The drastic change that Yosemite Falls has undergone in less than one month is amazing, captured in these photographs taken over the past four weeks.

Yosemite Falls goes from dry to full in a month.
Yosemite Falls through the month of November.

Map showing abundant rainfall throughout California, with Yosemite in the 6- to 8-inch range
California precipitation totals for the past week.

Yosemite Valley, BW, Water-Rock-Wind




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Cars and campers in a meadow in Yosemite Valley.

Unrestricted camping is no longer allowed in Yosemite Valley because of damage it causes. The placement of campgrounds and campsites has changed over the past 75 years in response to a growing understanding of river dynamics, geologic hazards, and the park's natural and cultural resources.