|Above, Yosemite Falls in 2016. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
As the snowpack in the Sierra Nevadas are at about 170% of "average", the resulting water runoff is yielding spectacular results in Yosemite National Park. It has been seven years since the park has seen this kind of power.
Condé Nast Traveler wrote:
People flock to Yosemite National Park at this time of year for many reasons: the black bears are emerging from months of hibernation, blankets of wildflowers are about to bloom, roads closed off for the winter are reopening, and temperatures are perfect for extended hikes through its 748,436 acres. But this spring offers a rare attraction that is drawing larger-than-normal crowds to the California park: Due to melting snow, Yosemite's waterfalls are flowing far more heavily than normal.
As NBC News reports, following years of drought, it's the largest flow the park has seen since 2010. As the snow melts, the spigots have been turned on, so to speak, at the famous Nevada, Yosemite, and Bridalveil Falls, and new, unnamed waterfalls have been created at previously dry spots around the park.More people are visiting Yosemite this year to see the waterfalls. The park is seeing major congestion of traffic.
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