Windiest of all: Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington has a reputation as the world’s windiest city. The winds known as the Roaring 40s (as in 40-50 degrees south of the equator) rip across the Pacific Ocean and are compressed by the narrow Cook Strait (between the North and South Islands of New Zealand) before hitting Wellington. According to weather data, the city’s breezy reputation is well deserved. The average wind speed is 16.6 mph and the strongest recorded gust topped 150 mph.
Wellington takes full advantage of the often-gale-like conditions. Wind farms provide clean energy to the city, and any emissions from cars or other sources are quickly whipped away, making the air seem unpolluted and fresh. Despite occasional damage to property, people here embrace the blowing weather. There's even a statue, dubbed "Solace in the Wind," on the waterfront (shown above). It depicts a human figure leaning into the breeze.