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 22 Wednesday Night  A chance of rain and snow showers before 10pm, then a slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. South southwest wind around 5 mph becoming northeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
February 23 Thursday  Partly sunny, with a high near 37. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable. 
 
February 23 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. East northeast wind around 10 mph. 
 
February 24 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the morning. 
 
February 24 Friday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. South wind around 5 mph. 
 
February 25 Saturday  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. South southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. 
 
February 25 Saturday Night  A 50 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. South southeast wind around 10 mph. 
 
February 26 Sunday  Rain and snow. High near 39. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
 
February 26 Sunday Night  Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 34. Breezy, with a south wind around 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
 
February 27 Monday  Snow. High near 38. Breezy, with a south southwest wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
 
February 27 Monday Night  A 50 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. 
 
February 28 Tuesday  A 20 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 40. West northwest wind around 5 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 22 Wednesday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -2. Wind chill values as low as -21. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. 
 
February 23 Thursday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 10am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 20. Wind chill values as low as -24. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
February 23 Thursday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around -4. Wind chill values as low as -22. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
February 24 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 22. West wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
February 24 Friday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 4. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
February 25 Saturday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. West southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
February 25 Saturday Night  Snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 8. South southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
February 26 Sunday  Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 26. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
 
February 26 Sunday Night  Snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 13. Windy, with a south wind 30 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
 
February 27 Monday  Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 24. Windy, with a southwest wind 35 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
 
February 27 Monday Night  A 50 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 3. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 15 to 20 mph. 
 
February 28 Tuesday  A 20 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 28. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph. 
 
February 28 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 8. North northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. 
 
March 1 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast in the morning. 
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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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