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View of the Doubs river near its source in the village of Mouthe in the Jura Massif.

The weather was magnificent that day but the temperature at 2PM was again -15°C (5°F). Here, in winter, it is not rare to reach temperatures of -30°C (-22°F). And Mouthe, better known as "Little Siberia", beat the record of cold weather in France with -41°C (-42°F) recorded on January 17, 1985. As you notice in the photo, there is a thin layer of steam on the river. Indeed, close to its source, all year the Doubs keeps a constant temperature between 4°C (39°F) and 6°C (43°F), which, in Winter, creates condensation by the thermal difference of the ambient air.

Some think that the Doubs river gets its name from the Celtic root "Dub", which means "Black", most probably due to the aspect of its waters; Others think that the river justifies its Latin name, "Dubius", by its erratic course. The river meanders through the Doubs department over a distance of 430 km (267 mi) to flow into the Saône river. Its course is forced by the Jura relief to make a wide hook toward the north east before heading straight for the city of Besançon and ending into the Saône plain.

For the nordic skiing enthusiasts : Tomorrow it will take place the Transjurassienne. It is the second best long-distance ski race in the World, after the Swedish Vasaloppet race. 76 km long (47.5 miles) for men (50 km - 31 mi - for women), it crosses 10 villages in the massif of the Jura and end in Mouthe.

You can consult into a WS the map of the region with the Doubs layout.

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