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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

May 24 Sunday   A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
May 24 Sunday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.
 
May 25 Monday   A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
 
May 25 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
 
May 26 Tuesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
 
May 26 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
 
May 27 Wednesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
 
May 27 Wednesday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly clear, with a low around 50. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
May 28 Thursday   A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.
 
May 28 Thursday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly clear, with a low around 50. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
May 29 Friday   Sunny, with a high near 79. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.
 
May 29 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 48. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
 
May 30 Saturday   Sunny, with a high near 77. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 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 24 Sunday   A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 11am, then a chance of rain showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 50. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 24 Sunday Night  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.
 
May 25 Monday   A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 53. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
 
May 25 Monday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
 
May 26 Tuesday   A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Calm wind.
 
May 26 Tuesday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
 
May 27 Wednesday   A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.
 
May 27 Wednesday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
May 28 Thursday   A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 55. East southeast wind around 5 mph.
 
May 28 Thursday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. North wind around 5 mph becoming east southeast in the evening.
 
May 29 Friday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. East southeast wind around 5 mph.
 
May 29 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Calm wind becoming north northeast around 5 mph.
 
May 30 Saturday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Southeast 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.