Is Col du Tourmalet open?
Tuesday 18th June 2013
Yes (east) and NO (west)
Is Cirque du Litor open?
Friday 14th June 2013
Located in the village of Saint Savin between Col du Tourmalet and Col d'Aubisque.
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Warm spring weather has returned at last and this time it looks set to stay. Temperatures today were up to 22c and the forecast is for it to remain that way for at least a week, with Sunday being up to 30c. The snow is melting fast and the trees are turning green. Everything is about 3 weeks behind normal but should catch up quickly.
The Val d'Azun is one of the best known valleys in the Pyrenees. It is the valley that will take you from Argeles-Gazost to Col du Soulor, Aubisque, Lac d'Estaing, Le Tech, Col de Borderes and Col de Couraduque. It is my favourite place for cycling and this time of year the autumn colours are amazing and the roads are deserted. I think these will be the last autumn photos of 2012, after this it will be snow. By the way, the name Val d'Azun comes from the Gascon language and means "Valley of Light".
The last week has seen some appalling weather conditions in Hautes Pyrénées. On the way back from Col du Tourmalet (previous post) it started raining heavy. It continued to do so for 2 days. Saturday morning there was 23cm of rain at Gavernie and 15cm at Cauterets, by late afternoon Lourdes was flooded. The Gave du Pau at Argeles-Gazost was 3m above normal. The roads between Soulom and Luz remains closed due to the flood damage, also the road to Pont d'Espagne above Cauterets. The rain had been preceded by strong southerly winds which took down trees and power-lines. Thousands of homes had a weekend without electricity. As the winds were from the south it has remained warm with afternoon temperatures in the mid twenties.
The snow and cold have returned for a few days to remind us of winter. It will not last long, but it will mean that the opening of Col du Tourmalet is delayed by a week or two. It was looking as if it would open in early May like last year, this now seems unlikely. The photo below was taken in Argeles-Gazost, looking across the Lavedan Valley to Hautacam. A week ago there was no snow on Hautacam.
Isard The Isard is a wild goat native to the Pyrenees and Cantabrian mountains, they are about 80cm tall with horns of about 20cm. It is a close relation of the Alpine Chamois but is larger and has a reddish coat in winter. Almost hunted to extinctio...
Lourdes is the city at the entrance of the Lavedan Valley. It has a population of about 16,000, in the summer months this can swell to hundreds of thousands. Lourdes is the second most visited catholic shrine after Rome, in 2011 there were over 7,000,0...
Photos of autumn colours in the Pyrenees on 7 November 2011. The rain has stopped and the sun is out again today. The rivers levels are falling and repairs being made. I went out yesterday to see the rivers in flood and to take a few photos. The Pyr...
Our season here in the Pyrénées has come to an end. Ironically we are having the best weather we have had all summer and it is forecast to continue for at least another week. It is a time to recharge the batteries and enjoy the mountains before winter...
The questions I get asked the most in e-mails are about weather in the Pyrenees. Cyclists are obsessed by weather. This forum topic is for everything weather related in the Pyrénees. Join in the discussion or post your weather related photos! And wh...