Strasbourg Near the France-Germany Border – May 3rd, 2010
Strasbourg (appearing here as a grey area in the central lower part of this image) is situated in France (left) on the Ill River, where it flows into the Rhine on the border with Germany (right), across from the German town Kehl.
The city is situated in the Upper Rhine Plain, approximately 20 km (12 mi) east of the Vosges Mountains and 25 km (16 mi) west of the Black Forest. Winds coming from either direction being often deflected by these natural barriers, the average annual precipitation is low and the perceived summer temperatures can be inordinately high.
The defective natural ventilation also makes Strasbourg one of the most atmospherically polluted cities of France, although the progressive disappearance of heavy industry on both banks of the Rhine, as well as effective measures of traffic regulation in and around the city are showing encouraging results.