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MERCED RIVER - YOSEMITE NP AT POHONO BRIDGE (POHC1)
Latitude: 37.72º NLongitude: 119.67º WElevation: 3862 Feet
Location: Mariposa County in CaliforniaRiver Group: San Joaquin
Issuance Time: May 25 2019 at 8:47 AM PDTNext Issuance: May 26 2019 at 9:00 AM PDT
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
2017
10,500
12.69
Jan 9, 2017
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
 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   (CAZ192)
Today: Showers, south winds around 25 mph in the morning. Snow showers in the morning, then snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, snow showers through the day. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Over higher elevations, southwest winds 25 to 35 mph. Windy. Snow accumulation up to 7 inches. Snow level 6000 feet. Highs 38 to 46 at 5000 feet and 29 to 38 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 45 mph in the morning.

Tonight: Slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, chance of showers. Near the crest, a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers. Snow level 5500 feet. Lows 32 to 37 at 5000 feet and 22 to 28 at 8000 feet.

Memorial Day: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the morning. Near the crest, slight chance of snow showers in the morning. Chance of snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 40 percent. Not as cool. Snow level 7500 feet. Highs 45 to 55 at 5000 feet and 36 to 46 at 8000 feet.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows 37 to 43 at 5000 feet and 27 to 33 at 8000 feet.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Not as cool. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 56 to 64 at 5000 feet and 45 to 55 at 8000 feet. North winds around 25 mph over higher elevations.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows 41 to 47 at 5000 feet and 30 to 38 at 8000 feet.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 60 to 68 at 5000 feet and 48 to 58 at 8000 feet.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers and slight chance of showers in the evening. Chance of precipitation 40 percent. Lows 43 to 49 at 5000 feet and 31 to 39 at 8000 feet.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Highs 62 to 70 at 5000 feet and 49 to 59 at 8000 feet.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy with a chance of snow showers and slight chance of showers in the evening, then mostly cloudy after midnight. Chance of precipitation 30 percent. Lows 44 to 50 at 5000 feet and 33 to 39 at 8000 feet.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Highs 63 to 70 at 5000 feet and 50 to 60 at 8000 feet.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers in the evening, then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows 46 to 52 at 5000 feet and 34 to 42 at 8000 feet.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Highs 64 to 72 at 5000 feet and 52 to 62 at 8000 feet.
Impacts - E19 Information
7.0 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".
12.5 FeetNorthside Drive and Southside Drive, which are the major 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.