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Yosemite Nature Notes - 5 - Snow

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I am Pete Devine. I am the Education Coordinator
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for the Yosemite Association
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here in Yosemite National Park,
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on a nice wintry day with snowfall.
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You can hear Yosemite Falls in the background,
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just off to my right, and the Merced River,
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very popular with many people in the summertime,
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is a great place to splash and play and float on a raft
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But right now it looks more like part of an
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Ansel Adams photograph,
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where our winter world of Yosemite
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is done in black and white,
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very different from the summertime.
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We just come here every year.
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We have a couple of snow fights,
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we get on the hill a couple of times, and it's just fun.
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I just go fast man, I just go like zoom.
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You see that cars come up and they're loaded with sleds
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and the kids have their snowsuits on
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their snow boots and they're so excited
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to just come and see snow
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and for a lot of people that come up here,
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this is their first time ever seeing snow,
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and so it's great to have those people into the park
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when they're prepared to drive in the snowy mountains.
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You know, cars slide around out here
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and that's what we're trying to prevent with the chains.
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So we're en route to Badger Pass Ski Area,
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which is a downhill ski area within Yosemite National Park.
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And so this is the road in the wintertime where I get called
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to respond to the majority of motor vehicle collisions.
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Today we're expecting four to seven inches of snow and
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tomorrow morning two to three feet of snow, above 6,000 feet.
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So we're expecting to see a significant amount of snowfall.
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People are on vacation,
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they've had these vacations planned for months,
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and especially when one of their goals
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is to go skiing in Yosemite,
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they tend to come whether the roads are good or bad.
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We're at Badger Pass Ski Area,
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the oldest ski area in the State of California,
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and we're heading up the lift right now
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to go check out the snow.
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When you see people come out who have never seen snow before
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and they get up here and there's snow caked on all the trees,
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like we have right now, there's just something about that,
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that moves people and changes something inside them.
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I know snow has been a major part of my life
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since I grew up here,
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