Saturday, October 31, 2015
A Series of Hopefully Fortunate Events: Saying Goodbye to Yosemite's High Country (for now)
It was the end of our field studies course, and I fervently hope that it will be the last chance of seeing Tioga Pass. For a while anyway. I had the fascinating but unfortunate privilege of seeing Tioga Pass on an early January day in 2012, because there had been no snow. It was strange walking across a solidly frozen Tenaya Lake (visible in the top picture) in a t-shirt and jeans when there should have been 10-15 feet of snow everywhere. We've had a disastrous run the last four years with an unprecedented drought, the worst in many generations, even centuries. There is hope that El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean will bring on more than the normal amount of rain and snow, but that remains to be seen. There have been a few weak storms already, and another system coming in Monday. Some hopefully fortunate events, as it were.