Aigoual Observatory is the last mountain meteorological station
still active in France. It is an efficient station with a
modern range of instruments to test measuring equipment under
extreme conditions, while the exhibition at the meteorological
museum attracts more than 150 000 people a year.
Two complementary organisations share the Observatory ; the
Météo France staff with the same scientific
work as any other weather station, and the A.A.A. staff who
keep the exhibition running.
The Observatory staff
now consists of a station chief, four meteorologists, four
maintenance workers, one of whom is responsible for the measuring
equipment tests, and a woman employee of the association.
Tania the dog, and two cats, Francine and Zézette,
make up the rest of the team.
For security reasons the Observatory is occupied day and night
by at least one technician and one maintenance worker. Daily
work consists of continuous observation of the weather and
producing detailed forecasts for the Aigoual Massif...