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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

September 21 Sunday A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
September 21 Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
 
September 22 Monday Sunny, with a high near 87. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.
 
September 22 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 58. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
 
September 23 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 88. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
 
September 23 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 58. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the evening.
 
September 24 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 90. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
September 24 Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. South southeast wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
September 25 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
September 25 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. South southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
September 26 Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 83. West southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
 
September 26 Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
September 27 Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west northwest 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.

September 21 Sunday A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 64. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
 
September 21 Sunday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming north northeast 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
 
September 22 Monday Sunny, with a high near 65. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
 
September 22 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 37. West southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
September 23 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 66. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
September 23 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 36. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
September 24 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 65. South southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
September 24 Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. South southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
September 25 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Breezy, with a south southwest wind around 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
 
September 25 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
September 26 Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. West southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
September 26 Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
September 27 Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. North northeast wind 5 to 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.