It’s Not Just Chicago: Three Texas Cities Make Top 10 Windiest Cities List
If you've ever lived in west Texas, you know it can get very, very windy here. While Chicago is dubbed 'The Windy City', it seems there are 10 other cities in America that are actually windier, according to The Weather Station Experts.
Windiest Cities in America
- Amarillo, Texas: Average wind speed of 12.9 mph
- Rochester, Minnesota: 12.1 mph
- Lubbock, Texas: 12 mph
- Casper, Wyoming: 12 mph
- Corpus Christi, Texas: 11.7 mph
- Wichita, Kansas: 11.5 mph
- Boston, Massachusetts: 11.5 mph
- Great Falls, Montana: 11.4 mph
- New York City, NY: 11.3 mph
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: 11.3 mph
As you can see with this list, three Texas cities cracked the top ten. The Weather Station Experts explain why it's so windy in the Lone Star State:
As westerly winds flow over the Rocky Mountains, low-pressure forms to the east of the mountains in the high plains. This very persistent low pressure is what leads to the strong average wind speeds from the southwest and west. Lubbock sits on Llano Estacado, a region on the Western High Plains. A combination of its higher elevation and long stretches of flat land where wind can blow unimpeded there. Abilene sits east of these two Texas cities and experiences the same higher winds — although perhaps less intense — as Amarillo and Lubbock. (via The Weather Station Experts)
With three cities in the top 10, it's safe to say wearing a kilt or a toupee in Texas might be a bit risky. You've been warned.