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Observing Projects

The exceptionally bad weather period still continues on Plateau de Bure. Early January, major rain and snow falls in the French Alps resulted in several catastrophic events in the surroundings of the Plateau: electricity was down for several days, the two main roads accessing the Dévoluy were cut, and several people died. The cable car could not be operated for several days, and helicopter transport had to be arranged for the staff. The average amount of snow on the Plateau is about 2 meters.

The backlog of projects keeps increasing. For projects which should have been completed in 1993, on average two configurations are missing. This will result in very significant delays for the completion of some projects, since some sources are entering the sun avoidance period.

Robert Lucas
Thu Mar 9 14:51:14 MET 1995