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Spectacular Skies in the Haute-Loire

Mountain regions are known for their extreme weather. Although the Massif Central, where I am right now on fieldwork, isn't full of towering peaks like the Alps, it is a very extensive and high plateau. The fieldstation here is at about 975m above sea level, and the highest hills nearby rise to over 1600m (there's a ski resort too!).
This means that summer temperatures are slightly lower than other parts of southern France (I'm grateful not to be in 36 degree sauna conditions in Bordeaux at the moment), but it is still hot, up to about 28 degrees, with cooler evenings. This creates complex interactions in air masses, and a lot of storms. We've had torrential cloud-bursts some days, and others very impressive thunder & lightning storms. All this produces some dramatic skies, and most afternoons you can see the ominous masses marching towards you well before the thunder is audible.
Here are some photos of the changing skies here, including some calmer moments. I've used high contrast black and white for some images, and in others multiple exposures are combined.



 

 







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