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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

January 21 Saturday   Snow showers before 10am, then rain and snow showers likely between 10am and 4pm, then rain showers after 4pm. High near 36. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. 
 
January 21 Saturday Night  Rain before 10pm, then rain and snow. Low around 31. Breezy, with a south wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no snow accumulation expected. 
 
January 22 Sunday  Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 38. Windy, with a south southwest wind 30 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible. 
 
January 22 Sunday Night  Rain before 10pm, then showers after 10pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 33. Windy, with a south southwest wind 30 to 40 mph decreasing to 15 to 25 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 60 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible. 
 
January 23 Monday  Snow showers. High near 36. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. 
 
January 23 Monday Night  A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming north northeast in the evening. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. 
 
January 24 Tuesday  A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 37. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming east southeast in the morning. 
 
January 24 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming north northeast in the evening. 
 
January 25 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 37. North northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west in the morning. 
 
January 25 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 29. North wind around 5 mph. 
 
January 26 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 39. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southeast in the morning. 
 
January 26 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the evening. 
 
January 27 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 39. East northeast 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.

January 21 Saturday   Snow showers, mainly before 4pm, then snow after 4pm. High near 23. Wind chill values as low as -6. Windy, with a west southwest wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. 
 
January 21 Saturday Night  Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Temperature rising to around 25 by 5am. Wind chill values as low as -6. Windy, with a south wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible. 
 
January 22 Sunday  Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Temperature falling to around 23 by 4pm. Windy, with a south southwest wind 30 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 11 to 17 inches possible. 
 
January 22 Sunday Night  Snow before 10pm, then snow showers after 10pm. Low around 12. Windy, with a south southwest wind 25 to 35 mph decreasing to 15 to 25 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible. 
 
January 23 Monday  Snow showers. High near 21. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. 
 
January 23 Monday Night  A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5. West northwest wind around 5 mph. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. 
 
January 24 Tuesday  A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 23. West wind around 5 mph becoming northeast in the morning. 
 
January 24 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 4. Northwest wind around 5 mph. 
 
January 25 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 28. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming west in the morning. 
 
January 25 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 9. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
January 26 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 31. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the morning. 
 
January 26 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 12. Northwest wind around 5 mph. 
 
January 27 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 34. North wind around 5 mph. 
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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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