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Yosemite: Park's iconic waterfalls come to life after winter storm

November 20, 2012|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • Upper and Lower Yosemite falls were running as of Monday morning.
Upper and Lower Yosemite falls were running as of Monday morning. (Ryan Kirtland / National…)

Recent storms dropped 2 inches of rain on Yosemite National Park, bringing snow to elevations above 8,000 feet and reviving one of the park's best-loved features: its waterfalls.

Yosemite and Bridal Veil falls, which thunder in spring when swelled with runoff from winter snow pack, dried up in mid-October. It has been one of the driest years on record for Yosemite and the driest winter since 2007, according to a news release.

"After such a dry period, seeing the waterfalls flowing again is spectacular," Park Superintendent Don Neubacher said in a statement.

Tioga and Glacier Point roads are closed until further notice because of the storm. Yosemite may get moreĀ  "unsettled weather" this week, possibly bringing more snow and rain.

mary.forgione@latimes.com
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