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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

December 19 Friday A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 41. South southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
December 19 Friday Night A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
 
December 20 Saturday A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. Southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
December 20 Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. West wind around 5 mph becoming east southeast after midnight.
 
December 21 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming south southeast in the morning.
 
December 21 Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming east southeast in the evening.
 
December 22 Monday Sunny, with a high near 48. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
December 22 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 37. East northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
December 23 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 50. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light north northeast in the morning.
 
December 23 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 36. Calm wind.
 
December 24 Wednesday Partly sunny, with a high near 58. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
 
December 24 Wednesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
December 25 Christmas Day Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming north northeast in the morning.
 
December 25 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
December 26 Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm 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.

December 19 Friday A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. West southwest wind around 15 mph.
 
December 19 Friday Night A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
December 20 Saturday A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. West southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
December 20 Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. West northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
December 21 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. North northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
December 21 Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming north northeast in the evening.
 
December 22 Monday Sunny, with a high near 46. North northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
December 22 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 27. North northwest wind around 10 mph.
 
December 23 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 47. West northwest wind around 10 mph.
 
December 23 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 23. West wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
December 24 Wednesday A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
 
December 24 Wednesday Night A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.
 
December 25 Christmas Day Partly sunny, with a high near 26. Northwest wind around 10 mph becoming northeast in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
December 25 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 12. East northeast wind around 10 mph becoming west in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
 
December 26 Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 34. Northwest wind around 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.