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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"  


Weather in Yosemite can range from 100 degrees in the valley during the summer to below zero in the upper elevations of the park during the winter. Yosemite Valley that rests at an elevation of about 4,000 feet has fairly mild temperatures throughout the year, but as you go higher, the temperature (in general) decreases 1 degree Fahrenheit for every 300 feet of elevation gain. Precipitation also increases 2 to 4 inches for each 300 feet of elevation gain reaching a maximum at about 5000 to 6000 feet. You will hit these elevations along the Mist Trail between Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls. Ninety five percent of the precipitation (both in rain and snow form) falls between October and May, with more than half (typically) falling in January, February, and March.
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THE FOLLOWING IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR YOSEMITE VALLEY AT THE 3,998 FT LEVEL

May 4 Wednesday Night  A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
May 5 Thursday  A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
May 5 Thursday Night  Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 42. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. 
 
May 6 Friday  Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 56. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. 
 
May 6 Friday Night  Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 11pm, then a chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 43. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. 
 
May 7 Saturday  A chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 60. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. 
 
May 7 Saturday Night  Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 43. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. 
 
May 8 Sunday  A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
May 8 Sunday Night  A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
 
May 9 Monday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west northwest in the morning. 
 
May 9 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. West wind around 5 mph becoming east in the evening. 
 
May 10 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 74. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning. 
 
May 10 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 46. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. 
 
May 11 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 74. East northeast 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.

May 4 Wednesday Night  A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. South wind 10 to 15 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. 
 
May 5 Thursday  A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. South wind 10 to 15 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. 
 
May 5 Thursday Night  Snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Low around 26. South wind around 5 mph becoming north northeast in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. 
 
May 6 Friday  Snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. High near 38. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. 
 
May 6 Friday Night  Snow showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Cloudy, with a low around 25. North northeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. 
 
May 7 Saturday  Snow showers likely, mainly after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. 
 
May 7 Saturday Night  Snow showers likely, mainly before 8pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. West wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
May 8 Sunday  A chance of snow showers before 11am, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. North wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
May 8 Sunday Night  A chance of rain and snow showers before 8pm, then a slight chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. North northeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
 
May 9 Monday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. North wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
May 9 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
May 10 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph. 
 
May 10 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 31. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northeast in the evening. 
 
May 11 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 50. North northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east southeast in the morning. 
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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.



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