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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

July 19 Saturday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 96. West northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
July 19 Saturday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Calm wind becoming east northeast around 5 mph after midnight.
 
July 20 Sunday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon.
 
July 20 Sunday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
July 21 Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.
 
July 21 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 57. South wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
July 22 Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
 
July 22 Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. Breezy, with a south southeast wind 10 to 20 mph.
 
July 23 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 94. South southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
 
July 23 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 58. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming east southeast 5 to 10 mph in the evening.
 
July 24 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 97. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the morning.
 
July 24 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming east in the evening.
 
July 25 Friday Sunny, with a high near 99. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 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.

July 19 Saturday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 64 by 5pm. East wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
 
July 19 Saturday Night A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
 
July 20 Sunday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Light and variable wind becoming south southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
 
July 20 Sunday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. West southwest wind around 15 mph.
 
July 21 Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. West southwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southeast in the morning.
 
July 21 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 38. West southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
July 22 Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. South wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
July 22 Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
July 23 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 67. Breezy, with a south southwest wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
July 23 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 40. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.
 
July 24 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 70. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
July 24 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 42. South southwest wind 10 to 15 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph in the evening.
 
July 25 Friday Sunny, with a high near 72. South southwest 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.