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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

October 30 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the morning.
 
October 30 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. South southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.
 
October 31 Friday A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63. Light south wind becoming south southwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
 
October 31 Friday Night Rain. Low around 42. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
 
November 1 Saturday Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 53. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
 
November 1 Saturday Night A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.
 
November 2 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming north in the morning.
 
November 2 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 26. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast 10 to 15 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
 
November 3 Monday Sunny, with a high near 59. East northeast wind 10 to 15 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
 
November 3 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 36. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph.
 
November 4 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 63. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
 
November 4 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 44. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
November 5 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 71. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the morning.
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.

October 30 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. East southeast wind around 10 mph becoming west northwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
October 30 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
October 31 Friday A 50 percent chance of snow, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Windy, with a southwest wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
 
October 31 Friday Night Snow. Low around 20. Windy, with a southwest wind 25 to 35 mph decreasing to 15 to 25 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches possible.
 
November 1 Saturday Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. North northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
 
November 1 Saturday Night A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. North northeast wind 5 to 15 mph.
 
November 2 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. North wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
November 2 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 20. North wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
November 3 Monday Sunny, with a high near 42. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
 
November 3 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 27. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph.
 
November 4 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 51. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming north northeast in the morning.
 
November 4 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming southeast in the evening.
 
November 5 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 59. South wind around 5 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.