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Average Wind Velocities

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Average wind velocities at selected locations within the continental United States.

Location
Ave. Velocity
mi/hr
Prevailing Direction
Albany, N.Y.
9.0
S
Albuquerque, N.M.
8.8
SE
Atlanta, Ga.
9.8
NW
Boise, Idaho
9.6
SE
Boston, Mass.
11.8
SW
Bismarck, N. Dak.
10.8
NW
Buffalo, N.Y.
14.6
SW
Burlington, Vt.
10.1
S
Chattanooga, Tenn.
6.7
Cheyenne, Wyo.
11.5
W
Chicago, Ill.
10.7
SSW
Cincinnati, Ohio
7.5
SW
Cleveland, Ohio
12.7
S
Denver, Colo.
7.5
S
Des Moines, Iowa
10.1
NW
Detroit, Mich.
10.6
NW
Duluth, Minn.
12.4
NW
El Paso, Tex.
9.3
N
Galveston, Tex.
10.8
Helena, Mont.
7.9
W
Kansas City, Mo.
10.0
SSW
Knoxville, Tenn.
6.7
NE
Louisville, Ky.
8.7
S
Memphis, Tenn.
9.9
S
Miami, Fla.
12.6
Minneapolis, Minn.
11.2
SE
Mt. Washington, N.H.
36.9
W
New Orleans, La.
7.7
New York, N.Y.
14.6
NW
Oklahoma City, Okla.
14.6
SSE
Omaha, Neb.
9.5
SSE
Pensacola, Fla.
10.1
NE
Philadelphia, Pa.
10.1
NW
Pittsburgh, Pa.
10.4
WSW
Portland, Maine
8.4
N
Portland, Ore.
6.8
NW
Rochester, N.Y.
9.1
SW
St. Louis, Mo.
11.0
S
Salt Lake City, Utah
8.8
SE
San Diego, Calif.
6.4
WNW
San Francisco, Calif.
10.5
WNW
Savannah, Ga.
9.0
NNE
Spokane, Wash.
6.7
SSW
Washington, D.C.
7.1
NW

U.S. Weather Bureau records of the average wind velocity at selected stations. The period of record ranges from 6 to 84 years, ending 1954. No correction for height of station above ground.

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