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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

March 2 Monday Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. West southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
 
March 2 Monday Night A 40 percent chance of showers before 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
 
March 3 Tuesday A 20 percent chance of showers after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
March 3 Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
March 4 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 51. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
March 4 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 27. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the evening.
 
March 5 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 56. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming south southwest in the morning.
 
March 5 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 31. West wind around 5 mph becoming east southeast in the evening.
 
March 6 Friday Sunny, with a high near 58. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming south southwest in the morning.
 
March 6 Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 32. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east southeast in the evening.
 
March 7 Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
March 7 Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming east southeast in the evening.
 
March 8 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Southwest wind around 5 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.

March 2 Monday Snow showers likely, mainly before 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 28. West wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
 
March 2 Monday Night A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. Wind chill values as low as -1. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
March 3 Tuesday Partly sunny, with a high near 27. Wind chill values as low as -1. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
 
March 3 Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 15. North wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
March 4 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 37. East wind around 5 mph.
 
March 4 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 17. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming west southwest in the evening.
 
March 5 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 43. North wind around 5 mph becoming east in the morning.
 
March 5 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 23. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.
 
March 6 Friday Sunny, with a high near 46. South southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
March 6 Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 23. Light south wind becoming south southeast 5 to 10 mph in the evening.
 
March 7 Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. South wind around 10 mph.
 
March 7 Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 23. Southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
March 8 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Southwest 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.