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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

April 23 Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. West southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
April 23 Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
 
April 24 Thursday Partly sunny, with a high near 71. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
 
April 24 Thursday Night A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
 
April 25 Friday Showers. High near 55. Southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
 
April 25 Friday Night Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
 
April 26 Saturday A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
April 26 Saturday Night A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.
 
April 27 Sunday A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
 
April 27 Sunday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
 
April 28 Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.
 
April 28 Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.
 
April 29 Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south 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.

April 23 Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. West wind around 10 mph.
 
April 23 Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. West southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
April 24 Thursday Partly sunny, with a high near 50. West southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
April 24 Thursday Night A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Wind chill values as low as zero. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
April 25 Friday Snow showers. High near 35. Windy, with a southwest wind 25 to 30 mph decreasing to 15 to 20 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
 
April 25 Friday Night Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 6. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
 
April 26 Saturday A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. West wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
April 26 Saturday Night A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9. West northwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
April 27 Sunday A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. West wind around 5 mph.
 
April 27 Sunday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. West wind around 10 mph.
 
April 28 Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
April 28 Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 23. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph after midnight.
 
April 29 Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. East southeast wind 5 to 10 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.