Las Vegas Sun

September 22, 2018

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Is Las Vegas windier than Chicago?

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On those days when the Mojave Hairdryer is set to high — 110 degrees with a breeze — Las Vegas can seem a very windy place. Relatively speaking, it’s not.

The city’s average annual wind speed is 9.2 mph, which experts say puts us in the “average” category.

Chicago is windier, with a 10.4 mph average annual wind speed — though not the windiest city, nicknames notwithstanding.

Experts say the plains states, because of the flat terrain, see the most sustained high winds — Dodge City, Kan., for example, averages 14 mph. Coastal areas are close behind — Boston averages winds of 12.5 mph.

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