Mont Aigoual Observatory

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Le Vigan, France

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Mountain top, enjoyable, free Nov 19, 2010
North of Le Vigan, you come into the mountains of the Cévennes. I don't know many people who have thought them worth the bother, probably because France has so many well known high areas. However these wooded slopes with broad tops have an appeal of their own and griffon vultures ahve been reintroduced here. Mont Aigoual is the highest point.

The meteorological observatory is situated near the top at a height of about 1560 metres. Apparently it is the only mountain weather observatory left in rance where real meteorologists work and check automatic observations made by machines - finding them inaccurate when precipitation levels of rain or snw are particularly high.

The observatory is only open to the public but I was amazed to find that it was free. There are plenty of stunning photos of different weather conditions locally and of how weather is forecast.

Views extend to the Alps, including Mont Blanc, to the Pyrenees and to the Mediterranean Sea.
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