Top 5 Windiest Cities in the World

  • Orange Wind Sock on a windy day

Living in Chicago I thought it would be a good idea to name the “Top 5 Windiest Cities in the World.” Is Chicago on the top 5 list? Nope, not even close. So lets take a look at the “Top 5 Windiest Cities in the World” (using average wind speed).

1) Wellington, New Zealand

Also known as the “Most Southerly Capital City in the World,” Wellington, New Zealand is the windiest city in the world with an annual average around 16 knots/hr (18 miles/hr). Wellington is located in what is known as a River of Wind, a wind corridor between the South and North Islands of New Zealand. On average, the city sees 173 days above 32 knots and 22 days over 40 knots. Wellington is a great place to travel though, and it was named the Lonely Planet’s 4th Best Destination in 2011.

2) Rio Gallegos, Argentina

Rio Gallegos, Argentina is the 2nd windiest city on Earth and is located on the far southern tip of Argentina. It’s not uncommon for Rio Gallegos to get wind gusts reaching up to 53 knots; that is around 63 miles per hour! The annual average is 16 mph but December is the windiest month and 30 mph winds are considered the norm at this time.

3) St. Johns, NL, Canada

St. Johns, in Newfoundland and Labrador, beats all other Canadian cities in atmospheric records and is one of the windiest cities in the world. Of the major Canadian cities, St. Johns is the foggiest (124 days), snowiest (359 cm (141 in)), wettest (1,514 mm (59.6 in)), most cloudy (only 1,497 hours of sunshine), and of course the windiest (24.3 km/h (15.1 mph) average speed). It does have one major advantage though: its winters are among the mildest in Canada.

4) Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas, or Sandy Point in Spanish, is located close to Rio Gallegos, Argentina but a little further south. It is the windiest city in Chile and one of the windiest cities in the world, averaging a wind speed of 14.5 mph year round. The windiest month is December while June is the calmest. Punta Arenas is one of the world’s southern-most cities and one of few cities directly affected by the ozone layer.

 5) Dodge City, KS, United States

Dodge City, Kansas is considered to be the 5th windiest city with an average wind-speed of 14 mph. Even a light snow could easily create blizzard-like conditions due to the force of the wind in wintertime. Kansas City also sits in the famous “tornado alley.” Many other cities in this region also rank highly among the windiest cities in the world.

My list only mentions the Top 5 windiest cities in the world because records are debated below that. Some cities are only windier but a tenth of a mile per hour, etc… and climate is changing every year. It is worth noting that these are the windiest cities with a sizable population. There are certainly windier places in the world (like Antarctica, for example) but the list is specific to cities, not un-populated regions. There is a debate that Milton, Massachusetts may be the windiest city in the United States so I suppose it deserves an honorable mention as the 6th city on the list. Weather is changing constantly so if you feel like you know of a windier city, do comment!!

 

 

 

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123 Comments

  1. 12wingate October 30, 2013 at 4:32 am - Reply

    Lovely photo of Wellington from the Mt Victoria lookout :)

    • Shawn October 30, 2013 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      Thanks!

      • Martin Rumsby September 6, 2014 at 12:55 am

        I have lived in both Chicago and Wellington, the difference between them in wind is incomparable. In fact, I can never actually recall wind in Chicago in all my years there. The windy city moniker given to Chicago actually refers to the bluster of its politicians. – Martin Rumsby

      • Shawn September 7, 2014 at 7:33 am

        And to me it feels windy here but I’m from Texas! I can’t wait to travel to Wellington now!

  2. annie November 2, 2013 at 2:32 am - Reply

    Haha I think the last month in wellington has seen at least 10 days over 80 knots.

    • Nicole November 22, 2014 at 8:19 am - Reply

      You must experience the unique landings in Wellington in high winds, followed by all passengers clapping in great relief.

      • Shawn November 23, 2014 at 8:35 am

        Now I want to do it too!

      • Frank Riley November 26, 2014 at 3:22 pm

        Ever had a one wheel landing? Almost a side slip in to make sure you hit the runway. Often have to abort and go round again.

      • Shawn November 26, 2014 at 3:24 pm

        I could see that. I have had go abort a landing… A little intense.

      • Trish Hunt May 14, 2015 at 3:13 pm

        The planes rock on the runway like you are airborne while boarding, they put ropes along the street when it’s really windy and you get warned by the taxi driver when opening your door – didn’t quite listen and nearly lost my arm as the door flung open!

      • Shawn May 14, 2015 at 3:31 pm

        Wow that’s insane!

  3. Judith's Twin January 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    I can’t believe Lethbridge Alberta didn’t make the list!

    • Shawn January 19, 2014 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      hmm it’s probably really windy in Lethbridge but slightly under these ones!

      • Deanna January 22, 2017 at 3:31 pm

        The wind in southern Alberta, mainly Brocket to the Crowsnest pass blows 100 – 120 km on a regular bases. I would say darn near half the year.

      • Shawn March 2, 2017 at 7:49 am

        Yes most of the North American plains have heavy wind.

    • Bonnie January 20, 2014 at 6:33 am - Reply

      You are right Judith, I grew up near St. John’s, and it does not hold a candle to the wind I’ve experienced living in Pincher Creek, Alberta (near Lethbridge). :)

      • Bonnie January 20, 2014 at 6:38 am

        There’s a reason there are a zillion of those wind mills around Pincher Creek, and the place is know as the “Wind energy capital of Canada”.

      • Jill January 20, 2014 at 9:01 pm

        We don’t use much wind energy here around St. John’s because it gets too windy for the windmills and they shut down… Found my full cardboard recycling bag in the neighbour’s yard this morning, and although it’s quite rainy here, you can forget about using an umbrella without it flipping inside out, grrr!

      • Stephen March 24, 2014 at 2:39 am

        Haha, sounds familiar Jill. The inverted umbrella look is never out of fashion here. I had some girls from Chicago stay with me once, they said Chicago had nothing on Wellington’s wind. If Wellington had a calmer climate it’d be one of the best places to live in the world.

      • Chris Speakman November 20, 2014 at 11:32 pm

        What’s an umbrella?

      • Shawn January 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm

        I’m assuming Lethbridge is small but I’ll look up there average wind speed and see what it brings up.

      • Shawn January 20, 2014 at 12:23 pm

        Lethbridge ranks as the 8th windiest city in Canada (average for the whole year)
        http://www.weatherstats.ca/almanac/winners.html?60

      • Tara January 24, 2014 at 6:18 am

        Yeah, yeah. Every province in Canada thinks it has a windier spot. If we allow tiny towns NL would still win with the Wreckhouse area. ;)

    • TT December 21, 2016 at 11:23 pm - Reply

      Lethbridge, Canada didn’t make this list? Shocker!

      • Shawn January 11, 2017 at 8:35 am

        Lethbridge is definitely up there but I did include mostly bigger cities. So I’m sure that whole region is fairly windy.

  4. Stephen January 20, 2014 at 6:57 am - Reply

    St. John’s (#3) mild winters? You obviously have never been to Newfounland and Labrador. The month of Dec brought almost 100cm of snow and a Jan storm this year dropped 90cm. That’s the mildest in Canada. Most Canadians actually think Newfounland weather, especially the winter, is quite extreme.

    • Stephanie January 20, 2014 at 8:42 am - Reply

      Stephen, I think he means mildest in temperature.

      • Shawn January 20, 2014 at 12:14 pm

        Yes!

    • Blair January 20, 2014 at 9:22 am - Reply

      It is extreme in St. John’s, and while Stephen mentioned the snow, we also had consistent temperatures ranging from -10 to -25 over the last month and a half. It has since warmed up a bit, but there’s nothing mild about the weather here.

      • Milly January 20, 2014 at 9:36 am

        This past week was really mild and now almost all the snow is gone. It is also very unusual for us to have that much snow in Dec. I’ve seen many green Christmases. As to the wind, there are very few days without it.

      • Shawn January 20, 2014 at 12:14 pm

        That’s correct compared to other Canadian cities the temperature doesn’t drop as low as say Québec City. It’s still Canada and it’s still cold but by Canadian standards it’s pretty mild temperature wise.

      • Shawn January 20, 2014 at 12:38 pm

        By Canadian standards St. John’s is actually the second mildest city and only Vancouver comes before it. It actually has the mildest winter outside of British Columbia. So although it’s been cold recently (it’s been freezing here in Chicago as well) statistically it’s actually pretty mild compared to the rest of Canada

      • robin January 20, 2014 at 5:36 pm

        Look up Wreckhouse nl, its a place in newfoundland where trains used to blow off the tracks and now tractor trailers blow off the road!!!! there are some youtube videos online

      • Shawn January 20, 2014 at 8:48 pm

        I will look it up!! That’s awesome and kind of scary!

      • Chris Speakman November 20, 2014 at 11:35 pm

        A steam train blew off the tracks on the Rimutaka incline Wellington

      • Jenniew January 20, 2014 at 5:59 pm

        NO way – I am from St. John’s and am now living in Victoria, BC and Victoria is even milder than Vancouver, placing St. John’s third, at the very least. And I think Halifax is also probably milder than St. John’s – or at least comparable, especially without the wind factor that you get in SJ. Not to mention that Vancouver and Victoria are not just slightly milder – they are MUCH milder. The temperatures can’t describe the bone chilling cold that seeps through the layers of clothing when the winter wind blows in St. John’s. It’s a great city, but no one that has spent time there in winter would ever say it has a mild winter climate.

      • Jeff January 20, 2014 at 7:56 pm

        Not to mention other cities on Vancouver Island and around the lower mainland. There’s no way St. John’s has anywhere near the mildest winters in Canada. Even Toronto has higher average temperatures in winter.

      • Shawn January 20, 2014 at 8:54 pm

        True I’m sure smaller cities do have a better average but because St. John’s is by the ocean it is relatively mild during the winter. Toronto is colder in the winter because it is more in the interior and has a continental climate even though it borders a lake. Just what happens to Chicago.

      • Shawn January 20, 2014 at 8:51 pm

        True I know about Victoria as well which is still part of the British Columbia/Vancouver area. I’m sure that Victoria is warmer on average than St. John’s and actually is almost snow free which is crazy. Much of Vancouver Island could be the same way but there is a significant population besides Victoria. What I should have said is St. Johns is the mildest major city in winter outside of British Columbia.

      • Lucy January 20, 2014 at 4:18 pm

        The temps this year in St. John’s are not the norm, by far. In temperatures, it is a lot milder than many other parts of Canada. On average, as Shawn said. That doesn’t mean temperatures don’t ever get really cold; it just means that the average winter temperature in St. John’s is milder than many other areas in the country.

      • Shawn January 20, 2014 at 8:47 pm

        Yes correct. I believe people when they say it’s cold and I’m sure there are really cold days but on average it’s still mild compared to the rest of Canada.

      • Michael January 20, 2014 at 6:05 pm

        St. John’s averages 0.96 days a year where the temperature gets to -20 c or below. Outside of south coastal BC, that is the lowest in the country. Toronto averages 5.23 such days, and Montreal gets 17.75. On average, it would take St John’s 18 years to experience as much frigid weather as Montreal gets in 1 year.

        Now, blowing a gale with freezing rain at -4 celsius is pretty miserable, but the question isn’t how miserable the winter is. It’s how mild the temperature is. It is a statistical fact that St John’s, on average, has milder winter temperatures than most of the rest of Canada.

      • Shawn January 20, 2014 at 8:52 pm

        Interesting stats there. Thanks for this!

    • Shawn January 20, 2014 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      I was just in Québec and it was -35 there and it’s doubtful it was that cold in St. John but I’m sure it was still very cold and had extreme snow. However being that it lies next to water it’s mild temperature wise compared to most of Québec and inner Canada. However it is windy statistically. St. Johns actually is the mildest city outside of British Columbia when comparing Canadian cities (temperature wise).

  5. Roger January 20, 2014 at 9:14 am - Reply

    I believe Chicago is “The Windy City” from it being dubbed The Second City, after New York. Not wanting to be 2nd, early politicians garnished the virtues of Chicago and Windy City references are more likely akin to those same politicians being of the “blowhard” type.

    • Shawn January 20, 2014 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      Ha yes that is true I believe! However Chicago can be windy and I find it annoying…

  6. Shonagh January 20, 2014 at 10:18 am - Reply

    What about Iceland? I am heading there this spring and have heard from a few people that it is extremely windy there!

  7. Kyle January 20, 2014 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    How did port aux basque, Newfoundland and pincher creek, Alberta not make this top five??

    • Michael January 20, 2014 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      The author says he’s only counting places with a sizeable population. I don’t know what counts as sizeable, but most folks probably wouldn’t call 4,000 people a “city,” and the blog post’s title is “windiest cities.”

      • Shawn January 20, 2014 at 3:11 pm

        Correct. I state it at the bottom and there are some cities that are debatable like the one in Massachusetts.

      • Chris Speakman November 20, 2014 at 11:39 pm

        20,000 would be a city I believe

      • Shawn November 21, 2014 at 5:42 am

        It is debatable… I say whatever is a sizeable population. Feels like a city.

    • Shawn January 20, 2014 at 3:10 pm - Reply

      Right like Michael said I only considered cities that were of a decent size. Those cities are probably windy and I’m sure the city right next to St. John’s is also very windy but think of it as the city itself and the metro area. And sometimes these little cities don’t have as reliable data as bigger ones. However I do believe you that these are windy cities so thanks for adding them!

  8. Susan January 20, 2014 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    I am sure if it were counting smaller populations then Blow-Me-Down, Newfoundland would be on the list!

    I am a Newfoundlander living in Ottawa and I have to agree with the author. While St. John’s, Newfoundland has A LOT of snow and LONG winters, it is NOTHING compared to the fridged temperatures that we have in Ottawa consistently. I would rather the snow and fog. However, it’s over here much more quickly…

    • Shawn January 20, 2014 at 3:13 pm - Reply

      Yes correct. If we were counting smaller populations the list would be huge and the wind speed would be different of like .01 miles per hour. No point! But yes Ottawa is much much colder being that it is inland compared to Newfoundland.

  9. Jessica January 23, 2014 at 9:02 am - Reply

    “[St. John’s] winters are among the mildest in Canada.” You’ve never been here, have you Shawn?

    • Shawn January 23, 2014 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      No, I’ve never been to St. Johns but statistically it is one of the warmest cities in Canada.] during winter. I would like to visit one day.

  10. Mark January 23, 2014 at 9:44 am - Reply

    Hi. I live in Paradise, NL just outside St John’s, NL. I think Kelowna BC is a nice place for a break from the wind. I believe it is the least windy place in canada. Right on nice, calm Lake Okanagan.

  11. Extreme needs for thermal trousers January 30, 2014 at 5:42 am - Reply

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  12. Emily January 31, 2014 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    If you were to look up the town Bonavista, Newfoundland on Wikipedia it states that it is the windiest place in Canada with an average wind speed of 32.6 km/h or 20.3 mph. I can say that I think this is true, I can’t step out of the house without my hair getting messed up! :3 But I know the population here is only around 4,000 so it’s not a major city, haha.

    • Shawn February 4, 2014 at 8:29 am - Reply

      Wow! I really hate wind so living in something like that would be strange!? You like living there?

  13. Irpsit February 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Ahah! So much little winds!

    In Iceland, the Westmannaeyjar records an average annual wind speed of 40km/h or 25 mph.

    Its way more than Wellington. But wait, this city also records some extreme storm winds above 200km/h, and hurricane storms are quite common in wintertime. All other places listed here are nothing compared.

    Only Antarctica or Tierra del Fuego are more windy, as far as I know.

  14. Layla Turner February 12, 2014 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Sorry ^^^ Iceland may be windy, but Wellington takes the top prize, as verified in many articles/data, for consistency and frequency of strong winds. During winter, we have winds from 175 up to 250 km/p/hr. And I live here, so I can vouch for Wellington, NZ. You have no idea until you’ve been here. Iceland may be real windy too, but it never tops the lists above Wellington.

    • Nicole November 23, 2014 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      This is in reply to one of Chris’s comments re the Rimutaka incline. For a bit of history, check: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/page/rail-tragedy-rimutaka
      The morning train to Wellington on 11 September 1880 comprised a single Fell engine, pushing two passenger cars and a goods van, and pulling two loaded goods wagons and a brake van. As it rounded Siberia Curve, 1200 m below the summit, winds gusting up to 200 km/hour swept the two carriages into the gully below. According to a newspaper report, passengers:
      I would like to say that the last train to ascends the Rimutaka Incline was on 29 October 1955.

      • Shawn November 24, 2014 at 8:31 pm

        Wow thanks for looking that up!

    • bluemoonblackdog February 13, 2017 at 7:20 am - Reply

      I consider myself a seasoned Wellingtonian and it is no surprise that Wellington, NZ is the windiest city. To live here you have to love it and ai am just one of the many that do.It is the Capital city of NZ and is sometimes referred to as The Harbour Capital because is built around a beautiful harbour (yes, that’s how we spell harbour in NZ for all the Americans out there and we use metric measurements too like any sane country)
      Winds here are regularly 60 – 110kms/hr with 110 – 130kms common enough. Our Met Service is kept busy issuing Strong wind warnings or.Gale force wind warnings. We also get Severe Gale force and Storm force. Occasionally Hurricane force. ( look up Beaufort Scale )..
      We also have earthquakes because Wellington is built on a major fault line. Most recent big one was 13/11/16 (yes, we even write dates in their logical order ) which was 7.8.
      We have great coffee though ☕😊

      • Shawn March 2, 2017 at 7:46 am

        I’m traveling to Wellington next month and can’t wait since this is one of my most popular articles. Thanks for the comment!

      • Maree March 2, 2017 at 12:53 pm

        Shawn if you’re coming to Wellington next month you are hitting us during autumn, our most settled season. I have no doubt we will still put on at least a few days that will have you gripping hard to stop yourself being blown off the bottom of the globe!

      • Shawn March 2, 2017 at 12:56 pm

        Haha well I’m okay with no wind too and exploring Wellington! Can’t wait to see New Zealand!!

  15. Gav September 7, 2014 at 5:35 am - Reply

    Wellington is an awesome place to live…

    • Shawn September 7, 2014 at 7:33 am - Reply

      Good, can’t wait to go to New Zealand.

  16. Saz September 8, 2014 at 12:50 am - Reply

    Thanks for this Shawn – validation! I live in Wellington, and have never been anywhere windier. The wind can be migraine-inducing, roof-lifting, and bus-tilting. In some recent crazy storms we have seen huge trees wrenched from the ground and bus shelters smashed. Everything planted in the garden needs to be ‘hardy’ and anything outside needs to be tied down – flying trampolines are a common sight during storms. On a calm day it’s lovely, though, and on windy ones the wind is bearable (sometimes) (maybe!). Sometimes it’s hard to know if you’ve just experienced a strong gust of wind or an earthquake, and I know I’m not the only one to have checked geonet just to be certain. I’m curious about two cities I have been in that are quite windy too: Perth in Western Australia and Palmerston North in New Zealand, how do they rate?

    • Shawn September 8, 2014 at 8:41 am - Reply

      Ha no problem! Seems like New Zealand is one windy place because I looked up Palmerston North and they averaged around 11 miles per hour or 18 kilos per hour. That is fairly windy which makes sense, since Palmerston North is near Wellington, New Zealand. Look here for other cities, http://www.niwa.co.nz/education-and-training/schools/resources/climate/summary. As for Perth, they also have quite windy conditions averaging 9 miles per hour or 16 kilos per hour. Check out this source here for more Australian wind info! http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/data/ I just love this stats! And wow it seems that Wellington would be a hard place to live in but I really can’t wait to visit New Zealand.

    • Alial September 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      Hi Saz

      Funny you should mention Perth, I live in Welly but I just came from living there for a couple of years and although there are streets that are “wind tunnelish” and some beaches see a few windy days – it’s pretty bearable in Perth compared to here.
      In fact I find the wind here really unbearable and annoying some days – it’ll literally make me so angry because it just won’t stop!
      And YES – I have checked Geonet many times because I’m unsure whether it’s wind or quake, haha!
      Living in Wellington has given a whole new meaning to the phrase “Did you feel that?”.

  17. BBBYpsi October 15, 2014 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    going thru wyoming on I80 is always really windy. Constantly over 20 mph thru the 404 mile interstate. Elk Mountain always has warning signs up wind over 50 mph not far off is alot of areas like going thru montana,north dakota,texas (amarillo),oklahoma,south dakota & new mexico. Since all I do is drive thru all the usa I know this from first hand.

    • Shawn October 16, 2014 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      That’s insane, I can’t wait to travel through the upper Rocky mountains.

  18. riched November 19, 2014 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    the reason wellington is windy is because auckland sucks

    • Shawn November 21, 2014 at 5:37 am - Reply

      Ha. Never been to New Zealand though so cant confirm.

  19. Wayne November 21, 2014 at 1:36 am - Reply

    As a motorcyclist, Wellington can be a challenging place to ride. I live in Wainuiomata, a north-south lying valley behind the eastern hills flanking Wellington Harbour. Many times I have been blown out of my lane when cresting the Wainuiomata Hill Rd. Same deal on the Rimutaka Hill, altitude intensifies the wind speed by what feels like a factor of at least 2. That said, I wouldn’t live anywhere else, Wellington is a great place to live or visit.

    • Shawn November 21, 2014 at 5:39 am - Reply

      Cant wait to visit!

      • Nicole November 23, 2014 at 3:12 pm

        Experience the 3 hour sailing between Wellington and the ever stunning South Island. Be happy to sail through millpond-calm seas, and the sheltered Queen Charlotte Sound in Marlborough. Be also prepared for crossing the Cook Strait which is noted as one of the world’s roughest stretches of water which act as a huge wind tunnel. You will go from calm seas to big swells…. and when the sea is rough to start with …… But it’s all worth while. You will be blown away by the diversity of both islands.

      • Shawn November 24, 2014 at 8:45 pm

        Wow the more I hear about New Zealand the more I want to visit! This sounds awesome, thanks for the response.

      • Nicole November 24, 2014 at 9:41 pm

        Check some landings in the wind. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0jnahV81AU
        Also landing by a beautiful sunny and still day offers amazing views.

      • Shawn November 26, 2014 at 3:25 pm

        Great cant wait to watch!

  20. Adam November 21, 2014 at 2:57 am - Reply

    Wellington is a fantastic city but on a bad day it’s pretty nuts. There’s some truly crazy stats in this article http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/capital-life/6111069/How-windy-is-Wellington-really

    • Shawn November 21, 2014 at 5:39 am - Reply

      It truly is windy!

  21. Simon November 21, 2014 at 3:15 am - Reply

    Windy in Wellington?: we know it’s just a breeze!

    • Shawn November 21, 2014 at 5:40 am - Reply

      Glad yall “get use to it”

  22. Maree November 22, 2014 at 1:09 am - Reply

    Wellington is my adopted home…a vibrant village with all the trappings of a larger city. I think one poet Patricia Grace said it well when she wrote: I love this city, the hills, the harbour the wind that blasts through it. I love the life and pulse and activity, and the warm decrepitude…there’s always an edge here that one must walk which is sharp and precarious, requiring vigilance.

    • Shawn November 23, 2014 at 8:35 am - Reply

      People seem to really like it. I’ll have to visit!

  23. Caroline November 22, 2014 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Shawn, have lived in both Chicago and Wellington. Not surprised to learn NZ capital is number one in windiest stakes but it still is a fabulously beautiful and fun place to go! Chicago earned the Windy City tag when it’s politicians were lobbying to host the World Fair back in 1890s. Recommend great book about it – The Devil in the Whit City: Murder, Madness and Magic at the Fair that changed America. Thanks for great post- you started interesting conversation.

    • Shawn November 23, 2014 at 8:34 am - Reply

      Chicago doesn’t even make the list. Can’t wait to visit New Zealand!

    • Shawn November 24, 2014 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      And thanks for the great book recommendation! I’m glad people like interesting wind world facts!!

  24. Robert November 24, 2014 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    I flew into Wellington last weekend, and I swear the pilot was wrestling th eplane onto the runway. There were claps and nervous smiles once the plane had all wheels down.

  25. Michael Bennington December 1, 2014 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    The best thing about living in Wellington is you get rocked to sleep at night! :)

  26. Sophie December 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    I’m from Wellington and I absolutely love it when I go on holiday and all around me people are complaining about the wind but I can’t feel a thing!

    • Shawn December 17, 2014 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      It literally cant get any worse!

  27. CS December 18, 2014 at 1:31 am - Reply

    I found this interesting article while trying to figure out if Chicago – the Windy City – is windier that my home of Cape Town, South Africa (a.k.a The Cape of Storms). While the information I have found is varied, the average wind speeds of Cape Town seem to have a range of 13 – 44 knots per hour, depending to the time of year. Chicago on the other had, seems to range between 9 – 32 knots per hour. I have heard of Wellington being pretty hectic though!

    • Shawn February 4, 2015 at 6:14 am - Reply

      That is probably correct. Chicago is windy but it’s not as bad as many places around the world!

  28. John May 3, 2015 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    I know which I would rather have, and that is Wellington with it’s wind rather than L.A or Tokyo etc with their heavy air pollution. In fact when people tease me about Wellington, my usual reply is “Oh you mean the clean air capital of the world”

  29. Marc August 29, 2015 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    Hi, I thought Palm Springs was the 2nd windiest place on Earth? Was I mistaken? I have experienced the wind on Highway 10 and its pretty windy. for the Wellington, yeah, its pretty windy. I have lived in Wellington for 6 months and when its windy, you forget about your umbrella.

    • Shawn September 1, 2015 at 9:09 am - Reply

      Hi Marc,

      No statistically it isn’t. There are obviously windy places on mountains but this had to do with the average with a decent population. Wellington is by far the windiest city on Earth and it seems like everybody agrees :)

  30. Tired of trolls October 18, 2015 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Although it seems YOU are the biggest dick…head on this page Ritesh. Take your attention seeking trolling elsewhere.

  31. SrimalaMaree October 18, 2015 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Had a reasonable amount of wind here yesterday,although nothing to really write home about by local standards. I know it was ‘reasonable’ however as my neighbour and I casually chatted over the fence this morning about the window it shattered in my husbands workshop as she handed over a pair of my nickers and a tea towel that had flown her way from my line. We then discussed who the dog bowl that land in her vege patch might belong to. At least the predominant northerly that ravages spring gives you a rough indication of which direction rouge wind blown items come from. As is the way in Wellington however, today dawns still, sparkling, sunny and warm for the capital and it feels like the paradise it is. No no doubt spend it on the beach. Ah, it pays to have an agile spirit to thrive here.

    • Shawn October 19, 2015 at 8:51 am - Reply

      Sounds quite lovely, love your description!

  32. cat December 6, 2015 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Living in Wellington is such a hassle sometimes. When we are having one of our super windy days the entire house will shake and you are best to not go outside with either a dress our a skirt because they will surely blow up in the wind. It is still a great place to live!

    • Shawn December 16, 2015 at 7:56 am - Reply

      Lol the sounds horrible! But I still want to visit very much!! Maybe in 2017!?

  33. Lewis January 14, 2016 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    I live in Wellington (moved here a few months ago). I’m loving it. I think it’s the most cultured city in NZ.

    The wind actually doesn’t both me too much. In fact, I embraced it! I bought myself a powerkite a few weeks ago and I’m having so much fun. Most days I can’t use it though – too dangerous.

    I’m a little surprised there isn’t more sailing here – a Laser or similar dingy would be sooo much fun…

    Highly recommend a visit to Wellington.

    • Shawn January 16, 2016 at 9:45 am - Reply

      I hate wind, absolutely despise it but that being said I live at a windy part of Chicago so… I can’t wait to get myself to New Zealand and particularly Wellington.

  34. Brenda March 30, 2016 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    I grew up in Kansas. Dodge City is windy and anyone that grew up or lived in Dodge City knew that Dodge City was in the top of the list of windiest cities in America. I married an Army man and lived in many places around the world but found none to be more windy than Dodge City and the state of Kansas. I will always think that.

    • Shawn April 7, 2016 at 8:50 am - Reply

      It’s the great plains with nothing to stop the wind :)

  35. Samantha March 30, 2016 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    I knew Dodge City would make the list. The wind has been blowing non stop for that last week.

  36. Janine O'Brien March 31, 2016 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    I lived in Southwest Kansas growing up and in my early adult years. My children were all born in Dodge City. We moved to Missouri when they were in grade school. The first time it snowed in Missouri they were so excited and surprised, they had never seen the snow come straight down. Didn’t know about large snow flakes. The snow in Dodge City blows in sideways. I can believe it is the 5th windiest city!

    • Shawn April 7, 2016 at 8:49 am - Reply

      I’ve heard so many times it just blows sideways. I couldn’t imagine that would be too much fun but it is the great plains!

  37. Jake February 17, 2017 at 1:07 am - Reply

    You say that St. John’s, Newfoundland is the wettest city in Canada with 1,514 mm of precipitation annually. Did you check Prince Rupert, BC, with 2,590 millimetres (102 in)?

    • Shawn March 2, 2017 at 7:46 am - Reply

      Hmmm every website I visit says that the area of St. John’s is rainier on average! Again I’m looking at the average rainfall.

  38. Agustín July 26, 2017 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    I’m glad that the city wjere i was born is the second of the list, Rio gallegos, and actually we think that the second one in Argentina could be Comodoro Rivadavia, of course talking about cities, may be there’s an small town in the middle of the province with higher speeds but really I don’t know

    • Shawn July 26, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

      Yes I’m sure there are much windier places but this was about sizeable cities in the world! Thanks awesome you come from there? Did you like it in Rio Gallegos?

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