By Sebastian Modak
June 5,2017, 9:23:19AM,EDT
Waters are flowing with a power not seen since 2010.
People flock to Yosemite National Park at this time of year for many reasons: the black bears are emerging from months of hibernation, blankets of wildflowers are about to bloom, roads closed off for the winter are reopening, and temperatures are perfect for extended hikes through its 748,436 acres. But this spring offers a rare attraction that is drawing larger-than-normal crowds to the California park: Due to melting snow, Yosemite's waterfalls are flowing far more heavily than normal.
As NBC News reports, following years of drought, it's the largest flow the park has seen since 2010. As the snow melts, the spigots have been turned on, so to speak, at the famous Nevada, Yosemite, and Bridalveil Falls, and new, unnamed waterfalls have been created at previously dry spots around the park.
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You can thank higher than normal snow accumulation for the spring flows: According to the National Park Service, as of April, snowpack was at 170 percent of the average, following record-breaking snowstorms in the Sierra Nevada mountains over the winter.