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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

October 22 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 43. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph after midnight.
 
October 23 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 72. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
October 23 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 44. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
October 24 Friday Sunny, with a high near 72. South southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
October 24 Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. South southeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
October 25 Saturday A 20 percent chance of rain before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 63. Breezy, with a south wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
October 25 Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
October 26 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 61. West southwest wind around 10 mph.
 
October 26 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 38. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.
 
October 27 Monday Sunny, with a high near 65. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.
 
October 27 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 37. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
 
October 28 Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Light south southwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
 
October 28 Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 41. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
October 29 Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 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.

October 22 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
October 23 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 55. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
October 23 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 35. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
October 24 Friday Sunny, with a high near 56. South southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
October 24 Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
October 25 Saturday A 20 percent chance of snow before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 43. Windy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.
 
October 25 Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Windy, with a southwest wind 25 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.
 
October 26 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 40. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.
 
October 26 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 26. West wind around 5 mph becoming north in the evening.
 
October 27 Monday Sunny, with a high near 47. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.
 
October 27 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 31. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight.
 
October 28 Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
October 28 Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. Windy, with a southwest wind 30 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph.
 
October 29 Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. Windy, with a west wind 25 to 30 mph decreasing to 15 to 20 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 45 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.