In general, it blows. Fortunately, Davis is not too windy of a place (despite getting North wind). A good place to find real time wind speed and direction is the AWOS station at the University Airport. Prevailing wind direction in Davis is SSW most of the year. NNW occurs often enough in December and January that the wind can be said to "prevail" from that direction in those two months. The rest of the year NNW wind (called "north wind") is intermittent, but gustier than our usual prevailing Delta breeze (which is SSW).

Occasionally we get a windstorm that tosses a bunch of branches around, dries out your face, and sends your allergies off the charts. They can pop up a few times a year and last for a day or two. These are usually winds coming from the northwest.

  • May 22, 2015, 17 mph (with gusts up to 26 mph).
  • May 21, 2015, 15 mph (10-20 mph).
  • May 20, 2015, breezy 14 mph (10-20 mph).
  • May 15, 2015, windy 15 mph with gusts up to 24 mph. 
  • May 14, 2015, wind in the (late) afternoon 15 mph with gusts up to 22 mph. 
  • May 13, 2015, breezy with 14 mph (10-20). 
  • May 11, 2015, 15 mph (10-20 mph) and "El Nino still getting stronger"
  • May 7, 2015, a good breeze, 19 mph (15-25 mph). 
  • April 24, 2015, windy 15 mph (10-20 mph) (in waves)
  • April 22, 2015, windy in the afternoon: 14 mph (10-20 mph)
  • April 21, 2015, breezy, 14 mph (10-20 mph)
  • April 15, 2015, high winds 23 mph (20-31 mph). 
  • April 14, 2015, continuing: 15 mph (10-20 mph). 
  • April 13, 2015, about the same again: 15 mph (10-20 mph). 
  • April 7, 2015, and same: 14 up to 20 mph. (Rain/thunder as well)
  • April 6, 2015, same: 14mph - 10-20 mph. 
  • April 5, 2015, wind (and some rain) 14 mph - 10-20 mph.
  • April 2, 2015, bolder: 18 mph (15-25mph with gusts up to 29mph).
  • April 1, 2015, wind's getting bolder, windy 12-18 mph. 
  • March 31, 2015, breezy 10-15 mph (and more expected next days)
  • March 28, 2015, breezy 13 mph (10-20 mph). 
  • March 22, 2015, breezy 13 mph (10-20 mph).
  • March 18, 2015, the same: breezy 10-15 mph (and the pollen love it!)
  • March 15, 2015, breezy 10-15 mph ( and a lot of descending pollen)
  • March 12, 2015, breezy with 15 mph.
  • February 26, 2015, 10-20 mph, quite breezy in the afternoon. 
  • February 23, 2015, north 15 to 25 mph with gusts of 40 to 45 mph.
  • February 22, 2015, north 15 to 30 mph with gusts up to around 40 mph.
  • February 8, 2015, again, windy. 20 mph (up to 30 mph) accompanied by some natty rain. "Nat" = "wet" in Dutch. 
  • February 6, 2015. Windy, 24 mph, with rain, heavy at times. Winds 20-30 mph.
  • January 31, 2015, 'plentiful sunshine' and breezy, 14 mph (10 to 20 mph).
  • December 29, 2014, a fierce wind starts to pick up in the evening, December 30, 2014: 25-35 mph with gusts over 40 mph. December 31, 2014: 20-30 mph, gusts over 40 mph. We'll enter 2015 with the wind at our backs!
  • Christmas 2014: December 24, 2014, breezy: 10-20 mph, December 25 and December 26, 2014, windy: 20-30 mph. 
  • December 10, late, and December 11: severe rain and wind: 35-50 mph. This is considered the biggest storm in 5 years surging from the Pineapple Express. Severe and rare storm Gusts could exceed 70 mph, and even over 100 mph in the mountains.
  • December 3, 2014, Winds SSE 15 to 25 mph (and rain, lots of it, yeah!).
  • November 23, 2014, breezy with 13 mph (gusts up to 17 mph).
  • November 2, 2014, breezy with gusts up to 18 mph.
  • October 25, 2014, Rain and wind (17 mph).October 14, 2014, wind, growing stronger in the afternoon, 15 mph (gusts up to 20 mph).
  • October 12, 2014, strong winds, 18 mph, with gusts up to 27 mph.
  • October 1, 2014 had a good breeze (17 mph).
  • September 30, 2014, breezy again (14 mph).
  • September 17, 2014, breezy/windy (14 mph).
  • June 26 and 27, breeze (but you feel it alright when you e.g. bike), 14 mph.
  • June 25, 2014: 19 mph (wind started to pick up in the afternoon of June 24).
  • June 17, 2014: 17 mph.
  • June 10-12 and 14-16, 2014 had a light breeze (average 14-15 mph, addition CO).
  • June 2, 2014 was a mildly windy day.
  • April 17-May 31, 2014 were altogether (mildly) windy months.

To repeat a comment from last year which again applies: "While it wasn't super windy every day, it was very windy a lot of days."

  • March 31, 2014 was a windy and stormy day!
  • March, 17 and 18, 2014 were windy days.
  • March, 11, 2014 was a windy day. The wind continued on March 12, but in a weakened form.
  • February 26, 2014 was not only rainy, but very windy in the evening and night.
  • February 7, 8 and 15, 2014 were windy days.
  • January 12, 2014 was a (mildly > 18 mph) windy day.
  • December 19, 2013 was a windy day.
  • December 3, 2013 was a mildly windy day.
  • November 21 and 22 were windy days.
  • November 3 and 4, 2013 were windy days.
  • October 27 was a windy day; the wind was blowing a lot of dust and leaves up and away.
  • October 13 was a windy day.
  • October 8 was a windy day (especially in the morning and early afternoon).
  • October 3 and 4 were very windy days. On October 3, a tree was blown into a powerline, causing a minor shutdown on 5th street near I Street.
  • Sep. 25-27, 2013, were windy days. The wind picked up on Sep. 25 in the evening and increased during the night, stuck around all day on the 26 and died off in the morning of the 27th.
  • Sept. 20, 2013, was a windy day.
  • Sept. 18, 2013, was a windy day.
  • June 14, 2013 the wind picked up at night and continued during the day.
  • May 31, 2013, despite being warm and summery out, intermittent gusts blew in throughout the day.
  • May 19-22, 2013 the wind picks up again including a Delta Breeze. It died down during May 21, but returned May 22, blowing in from the North.
  • April 2013 was f*ing windy. While it wasn't super windy every day, it was very windy a lot of days. For example:
  • April 30, 2013 featured strong, gusty winds in the morning. They briefly abated, but then picked up again for the rest of the day, blew through the night and finally calmed down again at the end of May 1.
  • April 24, 2013 the wind died down during the day, but at night the Delta Breeze joined the party.
  • April 22 and 23, 2013 were very windy days.
  • April 16, 2013 was a windy day.
  • April 8, 2013 was an extremely windy day. The power was knocked out for a few hours on Pole Line Road. April 9 (see animated gif), 10, and 11 were windy, too.

The winds of February 23, 2012, on the other hand, resulted in a massive release of plastic bags from the Yolo County Landfill.

Summer Wind and Rain in Davis in 2013

Wind in Davis on October 27, 2013. You can see the dust blown up by the wind at the end of the cycling and walking path. "Research Park" - HTC photo by CO