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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"  


Weather in Yosemite can range from 100 degrees in the valley during the summer to below zero in the upper elevations of the park during the winter. Yosemite Valley that rests at an elevation of about 4,000 feet has fairly mild temperatures throughout the year, but as you go higher, the temperature (in general) decreases 1 degree Fahrenheit for every 300 feet of elevation gain. Precipitation also increases 2 to 4 inches for each 300 feet of elevation gain reaching a maximum at about 5000 to 6000 feet. You will hit these elevations along the Mist Trail between Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls. Ninety five percent of the precipitation (both in rain and snow form) falls between October and May, with more than half (typically) falling in January, February, and March.
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THE FOLLOWING IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR YOSEMITE VALLEY AT THE 3,998 FT LEVEL

May 30 Monday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 51. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast after midnight. 
 
May 31 Tuesday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 51. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast after midnight. 
 
May 31 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 52. West wind around 5 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. 
 
June 1 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 88. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning. 
 
June 1 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 53. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. 
 
June 2 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. 
 
June 2 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 54. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. 
 
June 3 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the morning. 
 
June 3 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. 
 
June 4 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming south southwest in the morning. 
 
June 4 Saturday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. South southwest wind around 5 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. 
 
June 5 Sunday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming south in the morning. 
 
June 5 Sunday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. 
 
June 6 Monday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming west 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.

May 30 Monday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 36. Northeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
May 31 Tuesday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 36. Northeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
May 31 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 36. North northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
June 1 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 68. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. 
 
June 1 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 37. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
June 2 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 68. South southwest wind around 5 mph. 
 
June 2 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming east in the evening. 
 
June 3 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. South southeast wind around 5 mph. 
 
June 3 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the evening. 
 
June 4 Saturday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
June 4 Saturday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. South southwest wind around 5 mph becoming east southeast in the evening. 
 
June 5 Sunday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 64. East southeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
June 5 Sunday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. West southwest wind around 5 mph. 
 
June 6 Monday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 59. Northwest 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.



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