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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
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
2018
12,100
13.68
Apr 7, 2018
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
 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: Mostly cloudy. Highs 59 to 66 at 5000 feet and 45 to 51 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Lows 39 to 47 at 5000 feet and 28 to 36 at 8000 feet.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Near the crest, slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Over higher elevations, southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph. Windy. Little or no snow accumulation. Highs 51 to 59 at 5000 feet and 38 to 44 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Windy, colder. Lows 27 to 34 at 5000 feet and 16 to 24 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph over higher elevations.

Sunday: Snow showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Colder. Chance of precipitation 70 percent. Snow accumulation up to 3 inches. Highs 34 to 42 at 5000 feet and 22 to 28 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, north winds around 25 mph in the afternoon. Wind chill readings around 2 below.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms and snow showers in the evening, then partly cloudy after midnight. Windy, colder. Lows 23 to 31 at 5000 feet and 12 to 20 at 8000 feet.

Monday and Monday Night: Mostly clear. Windy. Highs 45 to 53 at 5000 feet and 32 to 38 at 8000 feet. Lows 29 to 37 at 5000 feet and 19 to 27 at 8000 feet.

Tuesday: Sunny. Not as cool. Highs 55 to 63 at 5000 feet and 44 to 50 at 8000 feet.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear. Lows 33 to 41 at 5000 feet and 23 to 31 at 8000 feet.

Wednesday through Thursday: Partly cloudy. Highs 57 to 65 at 5000 feet and 45 to 51 at 8000 feet. Lows 35 to 43 at 5000 feet and 24 to 32 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.
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.