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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

November 26 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 56. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the morning.
 
November 26 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 34. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming southeast after midnight.
 
November 27 Thanksgiving Day Sunny, with a high near 54. Light south wind becoming southwest 10 to 15 mph in the morning.
 
November 27 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 31. South wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
November 28 Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
November 28 Friday Night A 20 percent chance of light rain after 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. South wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
November 29 Saturday A 30 percent chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 51. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
November 29 Saturday Night A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. South southeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
November 30 Sunday A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 48. South wind around 15 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
 
November 30 Sunday Night Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 32. South southeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
 
December 1 Monday Showers. High near 44. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
 
December 1 Monday Night Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 32. South southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
 
December 2 Tuesday Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
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.

November 26 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 55. West southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
November 26 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 19. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
November 27 Thanksgiving Day Sunny, with a high near 50. Breezy, with a southwest wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
November 27 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 20. Windy, with a west southwest wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
 
November 28 Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. Windy, with a west southwest wind 30 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.
 
November 28 Friday Night A slight chance of rain after 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 16. Windy, with a west southwest wind 30 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
November 29 Saturday A 20 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 38. Windy, with a south southwest wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.
 
November 29 Saturday Night A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. Windy, with a south southwest wind 30 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.
 
November 30 Sunday A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 36. Windy, with a south southwest wind around 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.
 
November 30 Sunday Night Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 16. Windy, with a south wind 30 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
December 1 Monday Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 36. Windy, with a south southwest wind 30 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
 
December 1 Monday Night Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 14. Windy, with a southwest wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
 
December 2 Tuesday A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. West southwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming northwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 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.