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MERCED RIVER - YOSEMITE AT POHONO BRIDGE (POHC1)
Latitude: 37.72º NLongitude: 119.67º WElevation: 3862 Feet
Location: Mariposa County in CaliforniaRiver Group: San Joaquin
Issuance Time: Jan 21 2017 at 10:17 AM PSTNext Issuance: Jan 22 2017 at 9:00 AM PST
Monitor Stage: N/A Flood Stage: 10.0 Feet
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Historical Stage/Flow Data
Water Year
Peak Discharge (cfs)
Stage (feet)
Date
 Most Recent 5 Years
2015
2,370
6.16
Feb 9, 2015
2014
1,680
5.33
Apr 19, 2014
2013
2,780
6.62
Apr 30, 2013
2012
4,230
8.04
Apr 26, 2012
2011
7,160
10.43
Jun 16, 2011
 Historical High Stage/Flow Events (Period of Record - Oct 1916 to Present)
1997
24,600
23.43
Jan 03, 1997
1956
23,400
21.52
Dec 23, 1955
1951
23,000
19.98
Nov 19, 1950
1938
22,000
19.10
Dec 11, 1937
1965
18,000
16.96
Dec 23, 1964
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Official 7 Day National Weather Service Forecast   (CAZ096)
Today: Snow and rain and snow near the crest. Very windy. Snow accumulation up to 21 inches. Snow level 5500 feet. Highs 37 to 42 at 5000 feet and 29 to 34 at 8000 feet. South winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 65 mph and southwest 30 to 45 mph with gusts to around 75 mph over higher elevations.

Tonight: Rain in the evening and southwest winds around 25 mph in the evening. Snow showers. Slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Windy. Snow accumulation up to 15 inches. Snow level 5000 feet. Lows 27 to 32 at 5000 feet and 15 to 21 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 50 mph. Over higher elevations and southwest winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts to around 65 mph.

Monday: Slight chance of thunderstorms. Snow showers in the morning and then chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Snow accumulation up to 5 inches. Total snow accumulation up to 47 inches. Highs 32 to 37 at 5000 feet and 22 to 27 at 8000 feet.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Colder. Lows 18 to 28 at 5000 feet and 6 to 16 at 8000 feet.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Highs 35 to 41 at 5000 feet and 24 to 30 at 8000 feet.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows 18 to 28 at 5000 feet and 7 to 17 at 8000 feet.

Wednesday through Friday: Mostly clear. Breezy. Highs 38 to 48 at 5000 feet and 30 to 40 at 8000 feet. Lows 21 to 31 at 5000 feet and 11 to 21 at 8000 feet.

Friday Night and Saturday: Clear and breezy. Lows 26 to 36 at 5000 feet and 16 to 26 at 8000 feet. Highs 41 to 50 at 5000 feet and 33 to 43 at 8000 feet.
Impacts - E19 Information
6.5 FeetRiver is closed to rafters and floatation.
9.0 FeetChapel Meadow (south side of river) and Cooks Meadow (north side of river) begins to experience overflow.
9.5 FeetPortion 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)
10.0 FeetWestern 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.
10.5 FeetWater tops the swinging bridge downstream from Chapel Meadow. Overflow from Woski Pond floods access road (Northside Drive) leading out of the west entrance of the park.
11.5 FeetSewage pumping relay station at North Pines Campground becomes flooded.
12.5 FeetNorthside Drive and Southside Drive, which are the main roads in Yosemite Valley, become flooded and are closed to traffic.
23.45 FeetFlood of record (01/02/1997). $178 Million damage to Yosemite Valley.
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This river graphic is not intended to serve as a substitute for official flood watches, warnings, advisories, or statements issued by the NWS San Joaquin Valley-Hanford Weather Forecast Office. Observations are preliminary and subject to change. River levels identified as "forecast" should be consistent with those contained in official NWS products. River levels identified as "guidance" have significant uncertainty due to future weather or reservoir regulation and are provided for planning purposes only.