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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

March 25 Wednesday   Sunny, with a high near 68. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.
 
March 25 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 35. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.
 
March 26 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 74. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the morning.
 
March 26 Thursday Night  Clear, with a low around 38. West wind around 5 mph becoming east in the evening.
 
March 27 Friday   Sunny, with a high near 74. East wind around 5 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.
 
March 27 Friday Night  Clear, with a low around 37. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
 
March 28 Saturday   Sunny, with a high near 69. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the morning.
 
March 28 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
 
March 29 Sunday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
 
March 29 Sunday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.
 
March 30 Monday   Sunny, with a high near 69. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.
 
March 30 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 35. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
 
March 31 Tuesday   Sunny, with a high near 68. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
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.

March 25 Wednesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
March 25 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 26. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
 
March 26 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 58. Calm wind becoming east northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.
 
March 26 Thursday Night  Clear, with a low around 28. East wind around 5 mph becoming south in the evening.
 
March 27 Friday   Sunny, with a high near 54. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
 
March 27 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 28. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.
 
March 28 Saturday   Sunny, with a high near 54. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
March 28 Saturday Night  A slight chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming northwest in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
March 29 Sunday   A slight chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
March 29 Sunday Night  A slight chance of rain and snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light north in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
March 30 Monday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the morning.
 
March 30 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 25. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
March 31 Tuesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
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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.