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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"  


Weather in Yosemite can range from 100 degrees in the valley during the summer to below zero in the upper elevations of the park during the winter. Yosemite Valley that rests at an elevation of about 4,000 feet has fairly mild temperatures throughout the year, but as you go higher, the temperature (in general) decreases 1 degree Fahrenheit for every 300 feet of elevation gain. Precipitation also increases 2 to 4 inches for each 300 feet of elevation gain reaching a maximum at about 5000 to 6000 feet. You will hit these elevations along the Mist Trail between Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls. Ninety five percent of the precipitation (both in rain and snow form) falls between October and May, with more than half (typically) falling in January, February, and March.
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THE FOLLOWING IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR YOSEMITE VALLEY AT THE 3,998 FT LEVEL

December 5 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. Calm wind becoming east northeast around 5 mph. 
 
December 6 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. 
 
December 6 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 28. East northeast wind around 5 mph. 
 
December 7 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the morning. 
 
December 7 Wednesday Night  A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
December 8 Thursday  Rain likely, mainly after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. 
 
December 8 Thursday Night  Rain. Low around 41. Southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. 
 
December 9 Friday  Rain. High near 45. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
 
December 9 Friday Night  Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
December 10 Saturday  A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
December 10 Saturday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Southwest wind around 5 mph. 
 
December 11 Sunday  Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
December 11 Sunday Night  A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Southwest wind around 10 mph. 
 
December 12 Monday  Partly sunny, with a high near 43. West southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts 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.

December 5 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 15. Wind chill values as low as -3. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. 
 
December 6 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 27. Wind chill values as low as -5. Windy, with a west southwest wind 30 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. 
 
December 6 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 12. Wind chill values as low as -5. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. 
 
December 7 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 32. West southwest wind around 5 mph. 
 
December 7 Wednesday Night  A 40 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
December 8 Thursday  Snow likely, mainly after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Breezy, with a west southwest wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. 
 
December 8 Thursday Night  Snow. Low around 28. Windy, with a west southwest wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible. 
 
December 9 Friday  Snow. High near 37. Windy, with a west southwest wind around 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
 
December 9 Friday Night  Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Windy, with a west southwest wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
December 10 Saturday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 36. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. 
 
December 10 Saturday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. West wind 10 to 15 mph. 
 
December 11 Sunday  Snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. West southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
December 11 Sunday Night  A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. 
 
December 12 Monday  Partly sunny, with a high near 33. Windy, with a west wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts 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.



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