Amarillo, Texas has a few claims to fame. We have that song that everyone sings any time you mention you're from Amarillo. The Sod Poodles were the talk of the baseball-loving community when they hit the scene. There's one thing that other cities keep trying to take away from us, and frankly, I'm tired of it.

It's True. Amarillo, Texas Is The Windiest City In America

Now, there is an important distinction that has to be made. We're talking about average wind speeds. Amarillo, Texas is the top dog when you exclude extreme weather events and look at the average wind speed. It's been that way for a while, and it's that way still.

Chicago is the "windy city" in name only. We wear the crown...atop our windblown hair.

What Is The Average Wind Speed In Amarillo, Texas

The average wind speed in Amarillo is roughly 13 to 14 mph. The first runner-up in the race to be the windiest has an average speed of about 12 mph. Our record highest gust is 84 mph.

The thing that really separates Amarillo from other cities is how consistently the wind blows. As those of us know who live in Amarillo, it blows all of the time. Rarely do we have a day where there's no wind.

What Other Cities Are Trying To Claim The Title Of Windiest

Dodge City, Kansas gets mentioned a lot. There are a few sources that even try to hand the title over to the legendary Kansas town. Nothing against Dodge, but this one belongs to us.

Rochester, Minnesota also gets brought up a lot. Lubbock, Texas is another one that usually sits near the top of the list, which makes sense considering it's practically Amarillo's next-door neighbor.

Nothing compares, though, to the way the wind blows in Yellow City.

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