Does Great Falls Have The Harshest Winds?
If you are from Great Falls and you step out side and you notice that there isn't a breeze, it can be a rather strange occurrence.
Great Falls is a windy town. Whether we have a harsh, bone-chilling draft, or a warm Chinook, there's always something kicking up dust or knocking something over the Electric City.
The Answer to my question above is no. However...
According to The Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls isn't even the windiest town we have in Montana. The answer to my surprise is Livingston. According to this article Great Falls has an average, somewhat constant breeze of about 12 miles per hour, while Livingston averages out to be about 15. I wanted to find out what the fastest wind has howled here in town and I imagine it has gotten pretty harsh. Some 46 percent of the year Great Falls has a wind speed of about 30 miles per hour which happen mostly around the winter months and can include the snow killer Chinook. I've experienced gusts at about 60 and 70.
According to a separate article from The Tribune, the record for wind in Cascade County is 100 miles per hour and it was during a thunderstorm. It was somewhat difficult to find wind records from around here, I just had to phrase my search just right, and look for tornado touchdowns in Montana.
According to The Tribune, Great Falls ranks as the fifth highest in windy cities in Montana and could move down in the ranks in the future according weather experts as the average wind speed in Great Falls is slowly declining.
Until then, grab you hats and windbreakers because its windy out there right now.
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