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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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September 26 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 55. East northeast wind around 5 mph. 
 
September 27 Tuesday  Clear, with a low around 55. East northeast wind around 5 mph. 
 
September 27 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 55. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. 
 
September 28 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 83. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning. 
 
September 28 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. 
 
September 29 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 80. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. 
 
September 29 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 52. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. 
 
September 30 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 74. Light and variable wind becoming south southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. 
 
September 30 Friday Night  Clear, with a low around 48. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. 
 
October 1 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 67. Light south wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. 
 
October 1 Saturday Night  Clear, with a low around 44. West wind around 5 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. 
 
October 2 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 69. North northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west southwest in the morning. 
 
October 2 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 46. West wind around 5 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. 
 
October 3 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 75. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming west southwest in the morning. 

THE FOLLOWING IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR YOSEMITE VALLEY AT THE 3,998 FT LEVEL

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.

September 26 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 40. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming south southeast after midnight. 
 
September 27 Tuesday  Clear, with a low around 40. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming south southeast after midnight. 
 
September 27 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 40. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph. 
 
September 28 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. 
 
September 28 Wednesday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. West wind around 5 mph. 
 
September 29 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
September 29 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
September 30 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 51. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
September 30 Friday Night  Clear, with a low around 32. South southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
October 1 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 48. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
October 1 Saturday Night  Clear, with a low around 28. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. 
 
October 2 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 50. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. 
 
October 2 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 31. West wind around 5 mph. 
 
October 3 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 55. West 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.



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