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It is 6h00, the sun hidden derriere the Ventoux Mount will not delay has to be shown. The Ventoux mount of Latin source Venturi, which is seen by far (in occitan of Provence: Mount Ventor according to the traditional standard or lou Mount Ventour according to the standard mistralienne), is a top of Provence, climax of the solid mass of Baronnies culminating with 1912 meters. Its old name Ventour, based on the preceltic oronymic root went' mount, was reinterpreted by "windy". It is true that the mistral often blows there with more than 100 km/h, and sometimes up to 300 km/h. Besides the Ventoux mount holds one of the records high speed of wind recorded in Metropolitan France with a wind having blown with 320 km/h on November 19, 1967. Indeed, the mount extending perpendicularly to the wind, it produced there a Venturi effect accelerating flow of air, as on the suction face of a wing of plane. Called the "Giant of Provence" and located at 20 km with flight of bird in the North-East of Carpentras, it is rather far away from the other tops of the area, the Signal of Lure (1826 m) being with more than 40 km in the east, to appear higher than it is it actually. In fact, at the top, in released weather, one discovers an exceptional panorama on all alpine range, the Mediterranean, the Camargue and the low valley of the Rhone in direction of Avignon, the Cevennes, the central Massif.

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