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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

November 19 Thursday A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph.
 
November 19 Thursday Night A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. South southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
 
November 20 Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 53. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the morning.
 
November 20 Friday Night A 30 percent chance of rain after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the evening.
 
November 21 Saturday Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 50. Light southwest wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
 
November 21 Saturday Night A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
November 22 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
November 22 Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. East northeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
November 23 Monday Sunny, with a high near 55. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the morning.
 
November 23 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 38. Calm wind.
 
November 24 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 56. North northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
 
November 24 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 40. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
November 25 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 57. 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.

November 19 Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
November 20 Thursday Snow likely, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
November 20 Thursday Night Snow showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
 
November 21 Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 40. West northwest wind around 5 mph.
 
November 21 Friday Night A 30 percent chance of snow after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
November 22 Saturday Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 41. Windy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph increasing to 30 to 35 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
 
November 22 Saturday Night A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Windy, with a west wind 25 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.
 
November 23 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. Breezy, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
November 23 Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 17. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
November 24 Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. North northwest wind around 10 mph.
 
November 24 Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. West northwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
November 25 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 50. West northwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
 
November 25 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 25. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph.
 
November 26 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 50. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest in the morning.
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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.