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

February 27 Monday   A chance of rain and snow showers, mainly before 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible. 
 
February 27 Monday Night  A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. Calm wind becoming east northeast around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
February 28 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. North northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the morning. 
 
February 28 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northeast in the evening. 
 
March 1 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 44. North northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west northwest in the morning. 
 
March 1 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 32. South southwest wind around 5 mph becoming east in the evening. 
 
March 2 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 45. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. 
 
March 2 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 34. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. 
 
March 3 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 46. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph. 
 
March 3 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 35. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. 
 
March 4 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 5 mph in the morning. 
 
March 4 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. South southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
March 5 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
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.

February 27 Monday   A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a temperature rising to near 23 by noon, then falling to around 16 during the remainder of the day. Wind chill values as low as -2. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
February 27 Monday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 0. Wind chill values as low as -13. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
February 28 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 29. Wind chill values as low as -13. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
February 28 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 5. Wind chill values as low as -4. North northeast wind around 5 mph. 
 
March 1 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 37. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm. 
 
March 1 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 9. Calm wind. 
 
March 2 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 42. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the morning. 
 
March 2 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 15. West wind around 5 mph. 
 
March 3 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 43. West southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
March 3 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 18. West southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
March 4 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
March 4 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 18. Windy, with a southwest wind 20 to 25 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. 
 
March 5 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. Windy, with a west southwest wind 35 to 40 mph decreasing to 25 to 30 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 50 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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