What Is the Windiest City in the World?

Wellington, New Zealand, is the windiest city in the world. Its average wind speed is 17.3 mph. Although Chicago is called the ''Windy City," its average wind speed is only 10.3 mph.

Wellington has the reputation of being very windy, and this can be attributed to the wind-tunneling effect of Cook Strait. Many sections of Wellington have experienced severe windy conditions in the past. For example, a wind speed of nearly 125 mph was recorded in 1968 in Kelburn, a section of Wellington.

Although Wellington takes first place as the windiest city, the windiest location in the world is in Antarctica. At Port Arthur, Antarctica, the average wind speeds are over 40 miles per hour, and these occur for approximately 100 days out of the year.