A gale warning is in effect along the coast today and strong northwest winds give us an autumn feel. Ampurdan is in northeastern Spain. In this area, intense winds blow from the Pyrenees. As noted in a previous column, high pressure downslopes air through the mountain passes and is rapidly warmed by compression. Surrealist artist Salvador Dali was fascinated with these winds, believing they could be used for an unusual purpose. Residents believed the winds were so strong they could drive a man insane, referring to it as the “tramontane.” Before his death 23 years ago, Dali believed he could utilize this wind to power a pipe organ, which would be heard by residents throughout the area. On Friday, we’ll report on how the idea was accomplished.

Fastcast: Chilly.

Sunny, with a high near 73. Calm winds becoming northeasterly at 5 mph. Tonight: Clear with a low around 47. Calm winds.