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Activity 18

The observation tower

the watchtower

Landscape as seen from the watchtower  

Up here we are at an altitude of about 530m. Behind the wooded hills on the horizon is the Condroz region, stretching out to the north. In clear weather, it is possible to catch sight of steam from the cooling towers at the electricity plant in Tihange, about 40km away on the banks of the Meuse.

And the sky
The dominant winds here in the Ardennes blow in from the West (left of the window), bringing with them moist sea air. Rain is therefore frequent.

Cirro-stratus: horizontal clouds formed from ice crystals, at between 6 000 and 10 000m
They signal an atmospheric disturbance

Cirro-cumulus : horizontal clouds at more than 6 000m, no rain.

Nimbo-stratus: vertical and horizontal clouds at between 2 000 and 6 000 m, rain or snow

Altocumulus: horizontal clouds resembling white sheep, at between 2 000 and 6 000m, often signal a change in weather.

Cumulus: vertical clouds resembling cauliflower, greyer and more distinct at their base, brief showers.

Cumulo-nimbus: the most menacing, vertical clouds at between 2 000 and 10 000m, storm, heavy rain, hail.

Shapes in the sky
Birds of prey are a common sight in the Ardennes sky.

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