There they go again, making a spectacle of themselves.
Waterfalls in Yosemite National Park are pouring forth in great volume, thanks to the snowpack that built up in recent months.
“It’s higher than normal, and that means that the waterfalls should be bigger and last longer than they usually do,” park spokeswoman Kari Cobb said Tuesday.
Yosemite Valley has four year-round falls — Bridalveil, Nevada, Vernal and Illilouette — and many more that run part of the time.
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Cobb said Yosemite Falls, one of the most famous, could flow through August. It and other falls could have shorter durations if hot weather melts the snow faster, she said.
The falls feed the Merced River, where high flows require vigilance by visitors, Cobb said.
She also noted the still-wintry conditions in higher areas. Rangers recently had to rescue a visitor from deep snow atop Yosemite Falls, she said.
The park is accessible via Highways 120, 140 and 41. Upper Highway 120 and Tioga Pass are still under winter closures.
More information on Yosemite waterfalls is at www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/waterfalls.htm.