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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

July 24 Sunday Night  Clear, with a low around 60. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable. 
 
July 25 Monday  Clear, with a low around 60. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable. 
 
July 25 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 60. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm. 
 
July 26 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 93. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the morning. 
 
July 26 Tuesday Night  Clear, with a low around 61. West wind around 5 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. 
 
July 27 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 93. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west in the morning. 
 
July 27 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 62. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast in the evening. 
 
July 28 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 93. North northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west southwest in the morning. 
 
July 28 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 62. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. 
 
July 29 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. 
 
July 29 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 61. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. 
 
July 30 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 89. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the morning. 
 
July 30 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 60. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. 
 
July 31 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 89. North wind around 5 mph becoming southwest 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 24 Sunday Night  Clear, with a low around 45. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. 
 
July 25 Monday  Clear, with a low around 45. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. 
 
July 25 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 47. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
July 26 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 75. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light west southwest in the morning. 
 
July 26 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 46. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming north in the evening. 
 
July 27 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 76. Calm wind. 
 
July 27 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 49. North wind around 5 mph. 
 
July 28 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. North wind around 5 mph becoming east southeast in the morning. 
 
July 28 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 48. North northwest wind around 5 mph. 
 
July 29 Friday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming east southeast in the morning. 
 
July 29 Friday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. West southwest wind around 5 mph. 
 
July 30 Saturday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. West wind around 5 mph becoming south in the morning. 
 
July 30 Saturday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly clear, with a low around 44. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
July 31 Sunday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Sunny, with a high near 67. South southwest 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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