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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

July 27 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 98. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.
 
July 27 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 60. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the evening.
 
July 28 Saturday Sunny, with a high near 98. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.
 
July 28 Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
 
July 29 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 98. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
July 29 Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming northeast in the evening.
 
July 30 Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 97. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.
 
July 30 Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
 
July 31 Tuesday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 97. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west in the morning.
 
July 31 Tuesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
August 1 Wednesday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 97. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west in the morning.
 
August 1 Wednesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. West northwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.
 
August 2 Thursday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 96. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west 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.

July 27 Sunday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Areas of smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. South wind around 5 mph.
 
July 27 Sunday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
July 28 Monday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Areas of smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 68. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
 
July 28 Monday Night A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
July 29 Tuesday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Areas of smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
July 29 Tuesday Night A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Areas of smoke before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
July 30 Wednesday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph.
 
July 30 Wednesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
July 31 Thursday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
 
July 31 Thursday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southeast in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
August 1 Friday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
August 1 Friday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southeast in the evening.
 
August 2 Saturday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. South 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.