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Yosemite’s snowpack down; so are summer tragedies

Monday, July 2, 2012

Last summer was one of the worst ever for fatalities at Yosemite (there were 15 by mid-August), including those three young people tragically swept over Vernal Fall. So far this summer things are relatively quiet on the search and rescue front, thanks to the weather. Last year’s snowpack was nearly 200 percent of normal; this year’s barely 50 percent, which means a lot less high velocity water. Here’s what a park spokesman tells McClatchy newspapers:
"Yosemite Falls still has a little stream of water coming down. But it will definitely be dry in the next couple of weeks. Last year, it didn't go dry at all."

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