U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Weather
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Old 05-05-2012, 04:29 PM
Location: Philadelphia, PA
1,793 posts, read 2,702,661 times
Reputation: 1339


One thing i always notice in the spring is how important wind direction is. A 70 degree day with a Northeast wind can have a chilly, fall-like feel. But a 58 degree day with a wind out of the South can feel warm and be a very nice day.

Of course, people such as Patricius Maximus probably scoff at the notion of a 70 degree day being chilly. I know for some of you, it gets "chilly" when you can no longer feel your fingers and toes. But for the rest of us, wind direction probably has a noticeable effect on how cool or warm it feels when you have a moderate temperature day such as today.
Quick reply to this message

Old 05-05-2012, 05:07 PM
Location: Vancouver, Canada
1,255 posts, read 2,108,814 times
Reputation: 787
Wind speed is huge for me, but I can't say the direction does except in the sense of walking into it or away from it.

0C, perfectly calm, and sunny is much better than 5C, a stiff breeze, and heavy rain coming down.
Quick reply to this message
Old 05-05-2012, 05:19 PM
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
2,688 posts, read 3,972,783 times
Reputation: 1503
Originally Posted by CairoCanadian View Post
0C, perfectly calm, and sunny is much better than 5C, a stiff breeze, and heavy rain coming down.
Better than 10 C, I would say. And probably still better than 15 C with gale force winds and heavy rain.
Quick reply to this message
Old 05-05-2012, 05:40 PM
Location: Laurentia
5,593 posts, read 6,372,358 times
Reputation: 2388
I agree that wind, sun, and other factors can be critical for the feel of a day more so than the temperature when the temperature is moderate. What qualifies as moderate varies. Some such as yourself experience that at 70F; for me it would be closer to 50F. I'd say wind direction is quite overrated when it comes to the feel of the air. A wind chill of 10 mph doesn't change based on the direction. Strong south winds in the arctic and subarctic can often produce colder wind chills and apparent temperatures than a calm day when the actual temperature was colder. The differing feels probably have more to do with the type of airflow that's coming in, cold versus warm flow. That's just a guess on my part, but direction seems to have no correlation, especially for me.
Quick reply to this message
Old 05-05-2012, 06:56 PM
Location: Golden, CO
2,618 posts, read 3,053,558 times
Reputation: 2459
I think the OP was referring more to how weather is affected depending on which direction the wind was coming from.

Where I used to live in South Texas (McAllen) the wind came from the Southeast a majority of the time. Since that is where the Gulf of Mexico is, that wind direction would increase the humidity and temperature. Winds from the North or Northeast usually signified a cold front, if during summer just a little drier than that southeast wind. We'd rarely get winds from the west or south west, but because that was from the mountains of Mexico, it was usually the driest air and sometimes even hotter temps.

In Colorado, wind direction mostly affects how much moisture we get with upsloping winds or winds from the west (downslopping/Chinook) will make our hotter temps as air heats on the way down.
Quick reply to this message
Old 05-05-2012, 07:18 PM
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
11,722 posts, read 11,543,470 times
Reputation: 12484
Wind direction is huge here because of the lake being south and east of me, plus the river to the west. This time of year, lake is cold so we can have decent temps on a calm day but if the wind picks, very immediate temp drop.

The other day it was in the 60's as a warm front went through for an hour or so, the wind switched, presto 52 instead of the 60s! A west wind is warmer for us in Spring, East, SE, or North, NE, not so much, but I love living on the bump out for the weather variance.
Quick reply to this message
Old 05-05-2012, 08:51 PM
Location: Melbourne AUS
1,156 posts, read 1,537,355 times
Reputation: 798
Being on the boundary of a warm desert and arctic ocean, wind direction in Melbourne is a critical factor in the weather. Northerlies are warm to hot, while the dreaded southerlies and Southwesterlies are cold. When the wind changes from the north to southwesterly in summer with a cold front, the temp usually drops to under 20C in minutes, regardless of how high it was before.

IN winter the difference is less extreme, although southerlies have a distinct skin-penetrating chill compared to the more mild feel accompanying northerlies.
Quick reply to this message
Old 05-05-2012, 08:55 PM
Location: Toronto
3,338 posts, read 5,790,659 times
Reputation: 2365
I don't know if it's wind direction or whatever, but I've noticed that sometimes if I only wear a T-shirt and shorts, I can feel cool or even a bit chilly when it's cloudy and breezy on the one hand, and warm when it's sunny and often calm or with a slight breeze sometimes even at temperatures in the 60s F.
Quick reply to this message
Old 04-24-2015, 11:59 PM
4,618 posts, read 2,638,970 times
Reputation: 1303
Agreed, i think wind chill must depend on wind direction as well
Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Weather
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top