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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

January 21 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 44. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph.
 
January 22 Thursday Partly sunny, with a high near 52. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.
 
January 22 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. East northeast wind around 5 mph.
 
January 23 Friday Sunny, with a high near 53. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
January 23 Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 34. East northeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
January 24 Saturday Sunny, with a high near 55. Breezy, with a northeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
January 24 Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 38. East northeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
January 25 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 64. East wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
January 25 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 36. East wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
January 26 Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. East wind 5 to 15 mph.
 
January 26 Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the evening.
 
January 27 Tuesday A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest in the morning.
 
January 27 Tuesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. South wind around 10 mph.
 
January 28 Wednesday A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. South southwest 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 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 15. East wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
January 22 Thursday Partly sunny, with a high near 43. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
January 22 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 21. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming south after midnight.
 
January 23 Friday Sunny, with a high near 41. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast in the morning.
 
January 23 Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 25. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
January 24 Saturday Sunny, with a high near 47. Northeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
January 24 Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 29. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
January 25 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 51. East southeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
January 25 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 31. Southeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
January 26 Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Southeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
January 26 Monday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. South wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
January 27 Tuesday A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. South wind around 5 mph.
 
January 27 Tuesday Night A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. South southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
January 28 Wednesday A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. 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.