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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 1 Wednesday Night Clear, with a low around 50. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light south southeast after midnight.
 
October 2 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 83. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
 
October 2 Thursday Night Clear, with a low around 54. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the evening.
 
October 3 Friday Sunny, with a high near 87. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the morning.
 
October 3 Friday Night Clear, with a low around 56. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the evening.
 
October 4 Saturday Sunny, with a high near 88. East wind around 5 mph becoming west in the morning.
 
October 4 Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 56. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.
 
October 5 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 87. East wind around 5 mph becoming west in the morning.
 
October 5 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 57. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the evening.
 
October 6 Monday Sunny, with a high near 86. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.
 
October 6 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 55. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the evening.
 
October 7 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 82. East wind around 5 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.
 
October 7 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 55. West southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
October 8 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 78. West southwest wind around 5 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 1 Wednesday Night Clear, with a low around 34. Southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
October 2 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 62. West wind around 5 mph becoming east northeast in the afternoon.
 
October 2 Thursday Night Clear, with a low around 37. East wind around 5 mph becoming south in the evening.
 
October 3 Friday Sunny, with a high near 66. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming east northeast in the morning.
 
October 3 Friday Night Clear, with a low around 40. East wind around 5 mph becoming south southeast in the evening.
 
October 4 Saturday Sunny, with a high near 66. South southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
 
October 4 Saturday Night Clear, with a low around 36. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southeast in the evening.
 
October 5 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 66. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
 
October 5 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 37. North northeast wind around 5 mph.
 
October 6 Monday Sunny, with a high near 65. West wind around 5 mph becoming south in the morning.
 
October 6 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 36. West wind around 5 mph becoming north northwest in the evening.
 
October 7 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 60. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
 
October 7 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
October 8 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 58. Southwest wind around 5 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.