The webcam installed at the summit of the Puy de Dôme at 1465 meters allows to realize if the summit is caught in the clouds or if it is above offering then a magnificent panoramic view on a breathtaking sea of clouds. By comparing the view from this camera installed at the summit and the one from Clermont Ferrand, it is possible to estimate the thickness of the cloud layer.
Installed in the valley in Clermont Ferrand on the Cézeaux university campus by the OPGC, this camera films the Puy de Dôme and the neighbouring volcanoes in real time. Associated with real weather stations, these two webcams also provide valuable information on wind speed and temperature at the top of Puy de Dôme.
These different webcams installed at the top of the Puy de Dôme or further down in Clermont-Ferrand give a very good overview of the weather conditions on site. Among other things, they allow you to see the cloud cover and the height of the ceiling.
Knowing that in paragliding we fly VFR, i.e. without instruments and in visual flight, it is therefore necessary to have at least nice blue sky gaps between the take-off area and the landing area to evolve safely.
When the cloud cover is total, there are two possible scenarios:
These real time cameras of the Chaîne des Puys allow to know if it is possible to make a paragliding flight in Puy de Dôme or not.