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Yosemite Waterfalls Expected To Dry Up Earlier Due to Drought

Brocken Inaglory / Wikimedia Commons

Yosemite Falls as seen from the Yosemite Valley floor in the early morning.

Brocken Inaglory / Wikimedia Commons

One of greatest attractions in Yosemite National Park is Yosemite Falls.

But drought conditions may dry up the waterfall this year much earlier than usual.

Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America. Right now it's in its full glory as water falls thousands of feet to the valley floor. So too with Bridalveil Falls in the valley and hundreds of smaller waterfalls.

Ranger Scott Gediman says almost all are fed by water from melting snowpack. This year they will likely go dry early.

"This is our third consecutive dry year, an incredible dry year. It's not quite a record, there's only about 30 percent of the normal snow that there would be on a "normal year," says Gediman

As a result, Gediman expects Yosemite and Bridalveil Falls will go dry by mid-June if not earlier.

"If you want to see the waterfalls now is the time to do it," says Gediman.

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