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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

April 19 Saturday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
 
April 19 Saturday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers between 8pm and 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
April 20 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. East wind around 5 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.
 
April 20 Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming southeast in the evening.
 
April 21 Monday Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Breezy, with a southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the morning.
 
April 21 Monday Night A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. South wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
April 22 Tuesday A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
April 22 Tuesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. West wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
April 23 Wednesday Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.
 
April 23 Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.
 
April 24 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.
 
April 24 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
 
April 25 Friday A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 69. Calm wind becoming 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.

April 19 Saturday A slight chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. West wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
April 19 Saturday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
April 20 Sunday A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the morning.
 
April 20 Sunday Night A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
April 21 Monday A slight chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
April 21 Monday Night A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. Windy, with a south southwest wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.
 
April 22 Tuesday A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. Windy, with a southwest wind around 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.
 
April 22 Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Windy, with a west wind 25 to 30 mph decreasing to 15 to 20 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.
 
April 23 Wednesday A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. West wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
April 23 Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 23. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northeast in the evening.
 
April 24 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.
 
April 24 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. West wind around 5 mph becoming south in the evening.
 
April 25 Friday A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 47. South 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.