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AGelbert

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The "Windy" City
« on: October 20, 2013, 08:03:02 pm »
I looked up the average wind speed at Chicago (I'm certain it is much higher a hundred stories up in any of their many skyscrapers that could easily be fitted with wind turbines).

It turns out that, over a century ago, Chicago earned that nickname, not because of high wind speeds, but because:

Chicago has been called the “windy” city, the term being used metaphorically to make out that Chicagoans were braggarts.  ;D

While Chicago is widely known as the "Windy City", it is not the windiest city in the United States: Milton, Massachusetts is.[2] Chicago is not significantly windier than any other U.S. city. For example, the average annual wind speed of

Chicago is: 10.3 mph (16.6 km/h);
Milton is: 15.4 mph (24.8 km/h);
Boston: 12.4 mph (20.0 km/h);
New York City, Central Park: 9.3 mph (15.0 km/h); and
Los Angeles: 7.5 mph (12.1 km/h).[3]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origin_of_the_name_%22Windy_City%22
 
Many cities have higher average wind speeds BUT Chicago has skyscrapers. I have always wondered why they haven't started putting wind turbines on top of them. Yes, a structural engineering firm would have to do some beefing up of the building to handle the extra stresses and load but it would be worth it. If the average wind speeds are 20 mph or better a skyscraper height, you have a 24/7 continuous city power source built in to a metropolitan area (a high energy use area).

!Let's harvest that free energy

Top 101 cities with the highest average wind speeds (population 50,000+)
 
1. Brockton, MA (housing, pop. 94,191): 14.3 mph

2. Framingham, MA (housing, pop. 66,910): 13.6 mph

3. Amarillo, TX (housing, pop. 185,525): 13.3 mph

4. Weymouth, MA (housing, pop. 53,988): 13.2 mph

5. Fort Collins, CO (housing, pop. 129,467): 12.8 mph

6. Newton, MA (housing, pop. 82,819): 12.7 mph

7. Waltham, MA (housing, pop. 59,352): 12.6 mph

8. Loveland, CO (housing, pop. 61,122): 12.6 mph

9. Quincy, MA (housing, pop. 91,058): 12.5 mph

10. Greeley, CO (housing, pop. 89,046): 12.5 mph

11. Rochester, MN (housing, pop. 96,975): 12.5 mph

For the rest go here:

http://www.city-data.com/top2/c467.html
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