La Dôle

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La Dôle
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Highest point
Elevation 1,677 m (5,502 ft)
Prominence 357 m (1,171 ft) [1]
Isolation 13.9 km (8.6 mi) [2]
Parent peak Crêt de la Neige
Coordinates 46°25′30″N 6°05′58″E / 46.42500°N 6.09944°E / 46.42500; 6.09944Coordinates: 46°25′30″N 6°05′58″E / 46.42500°N 6.09944°E / 46.42500; 6.09944
Geography
La Dôle is located in Switzerland
La Dôle
La Dôle
Location in Switzerland
Location Vaud, Switzerland
Parent range Jura mountains
Geology
Age of rock Jurassic

La Dôle is a mountain of the Jura, overlooking Lake Geneva in the westernmost part of the canton of Vaud. Rising to an altitude of 1677 meters, it is the second highest peak in the Swiss portion of the Jura, after Mont Tendre. Administratively, the summit is split between the municipalities of Gingins, Chéserex and La Rippe. The mountain is also close to and easily accessible from Saint-Cergue and the Col de la Givrine to the north, both above 1000 meters and connected to Nyon on Lake Geneva by road and by the Nyon–St-Cergue–Morez Railway. A paved road also climbs to the Chalet de la Dôle below the summit (1439 m) from Gingins.[3]

La Dôle overlooks to south-east the summit of La Barillette, the town of Nyon, Lake Geneva and across the lake the Alps, including the Bernese Alps the Chablais Alps and the Mont Blanc massif. To the south are views of the City of Geneva and the Canton of Geneva; to the north the village of Les Rousses. The Dôle massif has a second peak to the northeast, the Pointe de Poêle Chaud, accessible via the col between them which drops to 1557 m.

La Dôle massif is the northwesternmost part of the Swiss Plateau. To the southwest it ends at the Col de la Faucille, and to the northwest at the Valserine valley, a Rhône tributary. To the north it ends at the Col de la Givrine, and towards the southeast merges into the Swiss Plateau.

The northwestern side of La Dôle is equipped with ski-lifts and is traversed by alpine ski paths. There is a restricted-access cable car which provides service to the various electronic facilities on the top, including a ball containing aviation radar, a Swiss weather station, television, radio and EBU telecommunications.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for La Dôle (1981-2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 0.1
(32.2)
−0.4
(31.3)
1.6
(34.9)
4.7
(40.5)
9.7
(49.5)
13.2
(55.8)
15.9
(60.6)
15.7
(60.3)
12.1
(53.8)
8.7
(47.7)
3.3
(37.9)
0.9
(33.6)
7.1
(44.8)
Daily mean °C (°F) −2.6
(27.3)
−3.0
(26.6)
−1.1
(30)
1.5
(34.7)
6.0
(42.8)
9.3
(48.7)
11.9
(53.4)
11.7
(53.1)
8.5
(47.3)
5.5
(41.9)
0.5
(32.9)
−1.8
(28.8)
3.9
(39)
Average low °C (°F) −5.0
(23)
−5.4
(22.3)
−3.6
(25.5)
−1.2
(29.8)
3.1
(37.6)
6.1
(43)
8.5
(47.3)
8.7
(47.7)
5.8
(42.4)
2.9
(37.2)
−2.0
(28.4)
−4.2
(24.4)
1.1
(34)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 175
(6.89)
149
(5.87)
160
(6.3)
128
(5.04)
155
(6.1)
148
(5.83)
137
(5.39)
137
(5.39)
154
(6.06)
181
(7.13)
169
(6.65)
195
(7.68)
1,888
(74.33)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 107.3
(42.24)
81.8
(32.2)
103.3
(40.67)
60.8
(23.94)
21
(8.3)
0.8
(0.31)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.8
(0.31)
13
(5.1)
49.8
(19.61)
91.7
(36.1)
530.3
(208.78)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 12.7 11.4 12.9 12.7 14.9 12.5 11.7 11.3 10.5 12.6 12.4 13.3 148.9
Average snowy days (≥ 1.0 cm) 10.4 9.2 11.1 8 3.2 0.3 0 0 0.3 3.1 6.8 9.4 61.8
Average relative humidity (%) 74 75 79 81 82 82 80 80 83 79 77 76 79
Mean monthly sunshine hours 114 116 137 141 152 178 205 192 161 139 109 99 1,744
Source: MeteoSwiss [4]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps. The key col is the Col de la Faucille (1,320 m).
  2. ^ Retrieved from Google Earth. The nearest point of higher elevation is northeast of the Colomby de Gex.
  3. ^ Swisstopo
  4. ^ "Climate Norm Value Tables". Climate diagrams and normals from Swiss measuring stations. Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss). Archived from the original on 14 May 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013.  The weather station elevation is 1,669 meters above sea level.
This article is based in part on material from the French Wikipedia.

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