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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
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
2016
4,080
7.90
May 14, 2016
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
 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: Mostly cloudy. Highs 52 to 60 at 5000 feet and 44 to 50 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 36 to 46 at 5000 feet and 26 to 36 at 8000 feet.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 54 to 64 at 5000 feet and 45 to 55 at 8000 feet.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows 37 to 47 at 5000 feet and 26 to 36 at 8000 feet. South winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 55 mph over higher elevations.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. Chance of snow in the afternoon. Windy. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 50 to 58 at 5000 feet and 42 to 48 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 45 mph in the afternoon. Southwest winds 35 to 45 mph with gusts to around 75 mph over higher elevations.

Thursday Night: Snow, rain, windy, colder. Lows 26 to 36 at 5000 feet and 21 to 27 at 8000 feet.

Friday: Snow showers in the morning, then chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Breezy, colder. Highs 33 to 39 at 5000 feet and 28 to 33 at 8000 feet.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers in the evening, then partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Colder. Chance of snow 40 percent. Lows 18 to 28 at 5000 feet and 13 to 21 at 8000 feet.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs 34 to 40 at 5000 feet and 25 to 31 at 8000 feet.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of snow after midnight. Lows 22 to 30 at 5000 feet and 16 to 24 at 8000 feet.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow. Not as cold. Highs 41 to 47 at 5000 feet and 33 to 39 at 8000 feet.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Lows 29 to 39 at 5000 feet and 21 to 31 at 8000 feet.

Monday: Snow likely. Chance of snow 70 percent. Highs 43 to 49 at 5000 feet and 36 to 42 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.
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.
Product Disclaimer

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.