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

August 21 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 60. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. 
 
August 22 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 89. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. 
 
August 22 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 62. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. 
 
August 23 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. 
 
August 23 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 63. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. 
 
August 24 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. 
 
August 24 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 63. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. 
 
August 25 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. 
 
August 25 Sunday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm. 
 
August 26 Monday  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. 
 
August 26 Monday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. 
 
August 27 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming west 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.

August 21 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 42. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
August 22 Thursday  Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 68. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
August 22 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 43. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east after midnight. 
 
August 23 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 69. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming southeast in the morning. 
 
August 23 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. West wind around 5 mph. 
 
August 24 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 69. West wind around 5 mph. 
 
August 24 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 44. West wind around 5 mph. 
 
August 25 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 69. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
August 25 Sunday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northwest after midnight. 
 
August 26 Monday  Partly sunny, with a high near 71. West wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
August 26 Monday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. West wind around 5 mph. 
 
August 27 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon. 
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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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