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It’s Almost Prime Time to Catch a View of Northern California’s Waterfalls

  • Apr 21, 2016

Warmer temperatures are leading to snowmelt and some spectacular waterfall spots in California. Many falls were barely a trickle last year in the fourth year of drought. This year with a healthy snowpack, the snowmelt has led to a robust flow of water. In other words, the roar of water is back!

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A view of Upper Yosemite Falls taken about a month ago.

Timing is everything with waterfalls across northern California. Some will only appear for a short period of time when there is abundant rain. These are called ephemeral falls. There are several in Yosemite. Ribbon Fall in Yosemite National Park is one of them. The longest single drop waterfall in the U.S. has been flowing recently. [Watch Yosemite Falls Live]

This is the time of year for peak runoff from snowmelt so waterfalls are flowing strong. Reservoirs are also filling. Daily water inflow is bringing up the capacity on many of the major northern reservoirs. Capacity will peak between May 1 and June 1 and then levels will start to fall over the course of the summer.

A cold weather system is arriving Friday bringing more rain and snow. This will renew the water source for waterfalls and reservoirs. More wet weather is possible next week too for the mountains.

This originally appeared on ABC10.