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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 24 Friday   A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
 
April 24 Friday Night  A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
 
April 25 Saturday   Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. High near 53. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
 
April 25 Saturday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. West wind around 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.
 
April 26 Sunday   Sunny, with a high near 66. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northwest in the morning.
 
April 26 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 43. East northeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
April 27 Monday   Sunny, with a high near 74. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
April 27 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 44. North wind 5 to 15 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.
 
April 28 Tuesday   Sunny, with a high near 77. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the morning.
 
April 28 Tuesday Night  Clear, with a low around 46. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.
 
April 29 Wednesday   Sunny, with a high near 75. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
April 29 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 45. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
April 30 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 73. South southeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the morning.
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 24 Friday   A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 32 by 5pm. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
April 24 Friday Night  A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Windy, with a west southwest wind around 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
April 25 Saturday   Snow showers, mainly before 11am. Some thunder is also possible. High near 37. 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 1 to 2 inches possible.
 
April 25 Saturday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 17. Breezy, with a west northwest wind 20 to 25 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.
 
April 26 Sunday   Sunny, with a high near 46. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
April 26 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 23. North northeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
April 27 Monday   Sunny, with a high near 54. Northeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
April 27 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 28. North northeast wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
April 28 Tuesday   Sunny, with a high near 59. Calm wind.
 
April 28 Tuesday Night  Clear, with a low around 28. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
 
April 29 Wednesday   Sunny, with a high near 56. South southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
April 29 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 28. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
April 30 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 54. Southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 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.