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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

February 8 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 32. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
February 9 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 59. East northeast wind around 5 mph.
 
February 9 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 33. East northeast wind around 5 mph.
 
February 10 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 59. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
 
February 10 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 32. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the evening.
 
February 11 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
 
February 11 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph.
 
February 12 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
 
February 12 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph in the evening.
 
February 13 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
 
February 13 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the evening.
 
February 14 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. East northeast wind around 5 mph.
 
February 14 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 31. Light northeast wind becoming east northeast 10 to 15 mph in the evening.
 
February 15 Washington's Birthday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. East wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 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.

February 8 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 28. South southeast wind 5 to 15 mph.
 
February 9 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 55. Southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
February 9 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 27. West southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
February 10 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 50. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
February 10 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 26. South wind around 5 mph.
 
February 11 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
February 11 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 24. Southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
February 12 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
February 12 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 20. South southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
February 13 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
 
February 13 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 19. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 5 mph.
 
February 14 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. West wind around 5 mph becoming northeast in the morning.
 
February 14 Sunday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 20. East wind around 5 mph.
 
February 15 Washington's Birthday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. East southeast wind around 5 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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