CoreLogic Report ‘Windy City’ Not the Windiest City

Jackson, Miss., is the windiest city in America, according to catastrophe modeling firm CoreLogic’s just released rankings of the windiest cities in the country.

The CoreLogic Windy City Ranking report, which provides a national ranking of the nation’s windiest cities, was generated by calculating the total force caused by all severe wind gusts of 60 mph or more for wind events dating back to 2006.

CoreLogic assigned a numerical score from 1 to 100 on the 293 cities it analyzed with data captured at the city center plus a 10-mile radius between January 2006 and June 2015. It also took into account the total number of wind events during this time period.

Based on these factors, Jackson topped the list with 153 wind events since January 2006 and a max wind speed of 99 mph giving it a CoreLogic ranking of 95. Springfield, Mo., was second on the list with 128 wind events and a max wind speed, followed by Boston with 121 wind events. Cambridge, Mass., was No. 4 with 116 wind events, and Shreveport, La., was No. 5 with 108 wind events.

According to the catastrophe modeling firm, Chicago, which is well known by its nickname “The Windy City,” actually came in at No. 50 for the nine-year time frame.

Below is a complete list of the top 10 windiest cities between January 2006 and June 2015, according to CoreLogic.

Windy City Ranking (Jan 2006-June 2015)

Rank City State CoreLogic Rankings Number of Wind Events Max Wind Speed Date of Max Wind Speed 1 Jackson Miss. 95 153 99 4/4/2008 2 Springfield Mo. 92 128 97 1/7/2008 3 Boston Mass. 89 121 83 10/29/2012 4 Cambridge Mass. 88 116 83 10/29/2012 5 Shreveport La. 87 108 77 7/26/2013 6 High Point N.C. 86 110 76 3/28/2010 7 Nashville Tenn. 86 102 86 6/26/2010 8 Gainesville Fla. 85 106 71 4/15/2007 9 Columbia S.C. 85 101 73 7/17/2007 10 Boulder Colo. 85 79 108 6/6/2007

 

According to Lindene Patton, global head of hazard product development for CoreLogic, the company took information from various data sources in order to compile the report, including home weather stations managed by the National Weather Service, news reports, Twitter alerts and photos, to analyze the information at a more property-specific level.

Patton said most risk decisions are currently based on radar data that measures incidents of wind off the ground and not what happens on the ground or at specific geological points.

“Many other reports measure data from airports, but no one lives in an airport,” said Patton. “If people are interested in protecting assets and measuring risks they want to understand what is happening not an airport but on their block.”

CoreLogic looked just at cities with populations of 100,000 or more because urban areas have the most reliable sources of data, said Patton. It did not measure tornado events because they have specific meteorological conditions that are short and sporadic.

“The insurance industry separates wind events and there are different rules that apply to coverage and claims for different wind events. We wanted to really look at wind at that granular level,” Patton said.

She said CoreLogic choose 2006 as a data gathering start date because that is when certain data became available in sufficient enough volume and reliability to move forward.

“It is also almost a 10-year period to look at what happens over a period of time,” she said.

CoreLogic plans to conduct this report annually going forward. It also analyzed and reported what cities have had the most wind events and highest wind speeds this year through June 30.

Jackson ranked No. 1 again for the total number of wind events through June 30 with 14. Five of the top 10 cities for this year were in the Southeast with Jacksonville, Fla., at No. 2 with 10 wind events; Columbia, S.C., at No. 4 with eight wind events; Tallahassee, Fla., at No. 8 with eight wind events and Charlotte, N.C., at No. 9 with seven wind events. It is important to note that all of these wind events were recorded prior to the storm that happened on the Southeast coast in early October.

U.S. Cities Ranked by Total Number of Wind Events in 2015 (through June 30)

City State Count Wind Speed Date Jackson Miss. 14 75 4/13/2015 Jacksonville Fla. 10 71 6/13/2015 Cincinnati Ohio 8 72 4/9/2015 Columbia S.C. 8 69 6/30/2015 Norman Okla. 8 80 5/16/2015 Pittsburgh Pa. 8 71 5/29/2015 Shreveport La. 8 73 5/25/2015 Tallahassee Fla. 8 70 4/19/2015 Charlotte N.C. 7 68 6/2/2015 Dayton Ohio 7 72 5/26/2015

 

The city with the highest wind speed through June 30, 2015, was Reno, which recorded a speed of 119 mph on Feb. 6; followed by Boulder, Colo., with a wind speed of 87 mph on Jan. 1; and Wichita, Kan., with a wind speed of 86 mph on April 2.

U.S. Cities Ranked by Highest Wind Speed in 2015 (through June 30)

City State Wind Speed Date Reno Nev. 119 2/6/2015 Boulder Colo. 87 1/5/2015 Wichita Ks. 86 4/2/2015 Amarillo Texas 84 6/14/2015 Salt Lake City Utah 84 4/14/2015 Reno Nev. 83 3/15/2015 Sioux Falls S.D. 83 6/21/2015 Oklahoma City Okla. 81 5/16/2015 Huntsville Ala. 80 4/3/2015 Norman Okla. 80 5/16/2015

 

Patton said a greater emphasis is being placed on wind events in the insurance industry as more people move into larger cities where there is more wind and specific wind characteristics – such as natural wind paths between buildings.

“Also there are circumstances now where there are multiple wind events and more information is needed on how to adjust for claims,” Patton said. “There is a tremendous amount of interest in wind events in insurance and the more events that occur the more interest you get.”

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