Tioga Pass in Yosemite CLOSED Yesterday Due to Snow

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Tioga Pass, CA snow today.  photo:  caltrans
Tioga Pass, CA snow today. photo: caltrans

9,943-foot Tioga Pass in Yosemite, California closed yesterday due to snow.  That’s right, enough snow fell on Tioga Pass to close it, in July.

Tioga Pass, CA snow today.  photo:  caltrans
Tioga Pass, CA snow today. photo: caltrans

Tioga Pass, CA snow today.  photo:  caltrans
Tioga Pass, CA snow today. photo: caltrans

We can’t remember a time when Tioga Pass has been closed by snow in July.  Pretty cool.  Caltrans was able to reopen Tioga Pass in both directions about 3 hours after closing it.

Big Hail yesterday in Lake Tahoe.  photo:  chris brackett
Big Hail yesterday in Lake Tahoe. photo: chris brackett

California has be receiving a lot of monsoonal moisture from the tropical hurricanes in Mexico this summer that are themselves due to above average temperatures in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.  This has resulted in copious thunderstorms in the Sierra Nevada mountains since May.  These storm haven’t dropped drought changing amounts of rain, but every little bit helps.

Unusually warm water in the Eastern Pacific has been causing our Thunderstorms.
Unusually warm water in the Eastern Pacific has been causing our Thunderstorms.

Yesterday, Tahoe saw 1″ diameter hail.

Big Hail yesterday in Lake Tahoe.  photo:  kristie calvin
Big Hail yesterday in Lake Tahoe. photo: kristie calvinBig Hail yesterday in Lake Tahoe. photo: kristie calvin

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