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

April 26 Wednesday   A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature rising to near 64 by 11am, then falling to around 58 during the remainder of the day. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the morning. 
 
April 26 Wednesday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 41. North wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
April 27 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. North northwest wind around 5 mph. 
 
April 27 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 39. North wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
April 28 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 65. North northeast wind around 5 mph becoming northwest in the morning. 
 
April 28 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 40. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
April 29 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 68. North wind 10 to 15 mph becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. 
 
April 29 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 41. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming north northeast in the evening. 
 
April 30 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 72. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the morning. 
 
April 30 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 43. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast in the evening. 
 
May 1 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 74. North northeast wind around 5 mph becoming south southwest in the morning. 
 
May 1 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 41. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the evening. 
 
May 2 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 72. North wind around 5 mph becoming west 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 26 Wednesday   A slight chance of snow showers before 11am, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. West wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
 
April 26 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. Blustery, with a west northwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. 
 
April 27 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. 
 
April 27 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 21. North wind around 10 mph. 
 
April 28 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 44. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming north in the morning. 
 
April 28 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 18. North northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. 
 
April 29 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 47. North wind 5 to 15 mph becoming east in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. 
 
April 29 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 23. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
April 30 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 50. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest in the morning. 
 
April 30 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 27. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
May 1 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 49. North northwest wind around 10 mph becoming south southwest in the morning. 
 
May 1 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 26. West wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
May 2 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 46. North wind 5 to 10 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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