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30 windiest cities in the US

The following information is provided by Graphiq and WeatherDB.

by Sabrina Perry

Wind Turbine

When classifying the weather of a region, most people consider sun, precipitation and temperature highs and lows. Sunny with highs in the 70s? Universally considered “nice.” Rainy with temps below 50 degrees fahrenheit? Not so nice.

What many forget to consider is wind — the dark horse of the weather world. It’s usually ignored until strong gusts or tornadoes start causing serious damage. But, wind chill can turn a pleasantly brisk day into one where you huddle inside for warmth. And, on hot days, a nice breeze can make them bearable. Because of this, wind has a reputation as a polarizing weather condition.

After analyzing NOAA Comparative Climate Data, which has wind data for approximately 300 cities, the experts at WeatherDB found the top 30 windiest cities in America. Though some cities may suffer bouts of extreme wind, the cities on this list are the windiest on average. As it turns out, Chicago isn’t quite the “Windy City” it’s made out to be.

For each city, the average temperature highs and lows are also included, as well as the windiest month and population size, which is based on the most recent 2014 census data.

Note: In the case of ties, cities with lower average high temperatures are ranked higher.

#30. Galveston, Texas

Average Wind Speed: 11.1 mph
Average High Temperature: 77.2 F
Average Low Temperature: 65.2 F
Most Windy Months: April, May
Population: 48,513

#29. Concordia, Kansas

Average Wind Speed: 11.1 mph
Average High Temperature: 64.9 F
Average Low Temperature: 42.6 F
Most Windy Month: April
Population: 5,327

#28. Fargo, North Dakota

Average Wind Speed: 11.1 mph
Average High Temperature: 52.6 F
Average Low Temperature: 31.9 F
Most Windy Month: April
Population: 110,725

#27. Wichita Falls, Texas

Average Wind Speed: 11.2 mph
Average High Temperature: 75.7 F
Average Low Temperature: 50.9 F
Most Windy Month: April
Population: 104,771

#26. Grand Island, Nebraska

Average Wind Speed: 11.2 mph
Average High Temperature: 62.3 F
Average Low Temperature: 39.1 F
Most Windy Month: April
Population: 50,059

#25. Merlin, Oregon

Average Wind Speed: 11.2 mph
Average High Temperature: 56.5 F
Average Low Temperature: 40.6 F
Most Windy Month: November
Population: 1,594

#24. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Average Wind Speed: 11.4 mph
Average High Temperature: 72.1 F
Average Low Temperature: 50.7 F
Most Windy Months: March, April
Population: 600,729

#23. Great Falls, Montana

Average Wind Speed: 11.5 mph
Average High Temperature: 57.1 F
Average Low Temperature: 32 F
Most Windy Month: January
Population: 59,017

#22. Wichita, Kansas

Average Wind Speed: 11.6 mph
Average High Temperature: 67.6 F
Average Low Temperature: 45.5 F
Most Windy Month: April
Population: 385,518

#21. Boston, Massachusetts

Average Wind Speed: 11.6 mph
Average High Temperature: 58.7 F
Average Low Temperature: 44 F
Most Windy Month: March
Population: 639,594

#20. Corpus Christi, Texas

Average Wind Speed: 11.7 mph
Average High Temperature: 81.6 F
Average Low Temperature: 62.7 F
Most Windy Month: April
Population: 312,680

#19. Bethel, Alaska

Average Wind Speed: 11.7 mph
Average High Temperature: 37.5 F
Average Low Temperature: 23.7 F
Most Windy Month: January
Population: 6,295

#18. Inwood, New York

Average Wind Speed: 11.8 mph
Average High Temperature: 61.5 F
Average Low Temperature: 47.2 F
Most Windy Month: March
Population: 9,609

#17. Kotzebue, Alaska

Average Wind Speed: 11.8 mph
Average High Temperature: 28.6 F
Average Low Temperature: 16.8 F
Most Windy Month: November
Population: 3,273

#16. Lubbock, Texas

Average Wind Speed: 12 mph
Average High Temperature: 74.2 F
Average Low Temperature: 46.9 F
Most Windy Month: April
Population: 236,868

#15. Casper, Wyoming

Average Wind Speed: 12 mph
Average High Temperature: 59.2 F
Average Low Temperature: 31.3 F
Most Windy Month: January
Population: 57,815

#14. Clayton, New Mexico

Average Wind Speed: 12.1 mph
Average High Temperature: 67.8 F
Average Low Temperature: 40.2 F
Most Windy Month: April
Population: 2,387

#13. Goodland, Kansas

Average Wind Speed: 12.2 mph
Average High Temperature: 65 F
Average Low Temperature: 37.6 F
Most Windy Month: April
Population: 4,879

#12. New York, New York

Average Wind Speed: 12.2 mph
Average High Temperature: 62.8 F
Average Low Temperature: 48.1 F
Most Windy Months: February, March
Population: 8,354,889

#11. Rochester, Minnesota

Average Wind Speed: 12.2 mph
Average High Temperature: 54.6 F
Average Low Temperature: 36.1 F
Most Windy Month: April
Population: 109,252

#10. Cheyenne, Wyoming

Average Wind Speed: 12.4 mph
Average High Temperature: 58.5 F
Average Low Temperature: 34.2 F
Most Windy Month: January
Population: 61,470

#9. Barrow, Alaska

Average Wind Speed: 12.6 mph
Average High Temperature: 17.2 F
Average Low Temperature: 6.2 F
Most Windy Month: October
Population: 4,296

#8. Amarillo, Texas

Average Wind Speed: 12.8 mph
Average High Temperature: 70.9 F
Average Low Temperature: 43.7 F
Most Windy Month: April
Population: 194,930

#7. Kahului, Hawaii

Average Wind Speed: 12.9 mph
Average High Temperature: 84.3 F
Average Low Temperature: 67.4 F
Most Windy Months: June, July
Population: 27,339

#6. Dodge City, Kansas

Average Wind Speed: 13.2 mph
Average High Temperature: 68.1 F
Average Low Temperature: 42.5 F
Most Windy Month: April
Population: 27,950

#5. Lihue, Hawaii

Average Wind Speed: 13.3 mph
Average High Temperature: 81.2 F
Average Low Temperature: 70.4 F
Most Windy Month: July
Population: 6,955

#4. Kaktovik, Alaska

Average Wind Speed: 13.3 mph
Average High Temperature: 16 F
Average Low Temperature: 4 F
Most Windy Month: January
Population: 176

#3. Dedham, Massachusetts

Average Wind Speed: 15 mph
Average High Temperature: 60 F
Average Low Temperature: 36.9 F
Most Windy Month: March
Population: 25,111

#2. St. Paul Island, Alaska

Average Wind Speed: 15.5 mph
Average High Temperature: 38.9 F
Average Low Temperature: 30.8 F
Most Windy Month: January
Population: 484

#1. Cold Bay, Alaska

Average Wind Speed: 16.2 mph
Average High Temperature: 43.6 F
Average Low Temperature: 34 F
Most Windy Month: February
Population: 44

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