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Pat Shingleton: "Wind and a Pipe Organ..."

1 year 10 months 1 week ago January 27, 2015 Jan 27, 2015 Tuesday, January 27 2015 January 27, 2015 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

In addition to the winter storm warning a hurricane force wind warning is posted for the northeast. Ampurdan is locagted in northeastern Spain where intense winds blow from the Pyrenees. High pressure downslopes air through mountain passes and is rapidly warmed by compression. As noted in a previous column, these winds fascinated artist Salvado Dali and believed they could be used for another unusual purpose. Residents believed the winds were so strong they could drive a man insane, referring to it as "tramontane." Before his death, 27 years ago, Dali believed he could utilize wind to power a pipe organ, which would be heard and appreciated by residents throughout this region of Spain. Tomorrow we'll report on how the idea was accomplished.

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