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Yosemite National Park occupies 1,190 sq miles of some of the most beautiful landscape in the world, but the the one mile wide by seven mile long valley floor makes up the most popular part of the park. This small section of real estate is where the vast majority of people spend most of their time. During the busy summer months the valley looks more like a crowded metropolitan city park than a dedicated wilderness area.

But why the crowds congregate to this small little plot of land is by no means an accident. They are there because Yosemite Valley provides some of the best scenery to be found anywhere in the world. John Muir called it the "Crown Jewel of the Sierra Nevada"  

THE FOLLOWING IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR YOSEMITE VALLEY AT THE 3,998 FT LEVEL

August 30 Saturday Sunny, with a high near 92. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
August 30 Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 53. West southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
August 31 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 84. Light south wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
 
August 31 Sunday Night Clear, with a low around 48. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the evening.
 
September 1 Labor Day Sunny, with a high near 87. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
 
September 1 Monday Night Clear, with a low around 52. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.
 
September 2 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
 
September 2 Tuesday Night Clear, with a low around 50. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
September 3 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 89. Light south southeast wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
 
September 3 Wednesday Night Clear, with a low around 50. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
September 4 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 82. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
September 4 Thursday Night Clear, with a low around 57. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southeast in the evening.
 
September 5 Friday Sunny, with a high near 82. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Ellery Lake Tuolumne Meadows


To the left is frozen Ellery Lake (9,489 feet) The Lake is located along the Tioga Road just below the Tioga Pass (9,943 feet) This photo was taken on June 6th, 2010 (opening day for the Tioga Pass Road that year).

When the Tioga Pass Road opens varies from year to year (depending on weather and snow conditions). Tioga Pass is the Eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park. It is the highest highway pass in California and in the Sierra Nevada.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR TUOLUMNE MEADOWS AT 8,650 FEET
Check out the big temperature drop when comparing the higher elevation of Tuolumne Meadows to the Valley Floor's forecast as noted above.

August 30 Saturday Sunny, with a high near 65. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
August 30 Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 38. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
August 31 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 62. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming light and variable in the morning.
 
August 31 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 42. North northeast wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the evening.
 
September 1 Labor Day Sunny, with a high near 68. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
 
September 1 Monday Night Clear, with a low around 46. North northeast wind around 5 mph.
 
September 2 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 67. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
 
September 2 Tuesday Night Clear, with a low around 46. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
September 3 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 63. South southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
September 3 Wednesday Night Clear, with a low around 45. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
September 4 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 62. South southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
September 4 Thursday Night Clear, with a low around 40. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
September 5 Friday Sunny, with a high near 62. South southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
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Shasta Lake Helen

Half Dome Cable Ladder to the Left

Psalm 103:11-13
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;  for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.