Breezy, windy... so what’s the difference?

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It was breezy in Phoenix on Thursday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) It was breezy in Phoenix on Thursday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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The winds were really moving out there in the Valley on Thursday!

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I was talking to my niece as we were heading to lunch and I said, “sure is breezy today!”

She gave me a strange look and said I was wrong, it’s “windy” today.

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So then I thought, "What is the technical difference between the two?"

Obviously, a 50-mph-wind would be considered windy to most people, but what about something in the 17 mph range?

The National Weather Service defines breezy as anything in the 15-25 mph range.

Windy would be anything in the 20-30 mph range.

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Winds higher than 40 mph are considered strong, high, dangerous or potentially damaging.

Thursday winds have been sustained in the 15-20 mph range in Phoenix, so we’re gonna put that one in the breezy column!

If you’re not a fan of the wind, it looks like Friday won’t be as windy, excuse me, breezy, as Thursday! 

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After starting his journalism career in Illinois, Ian worked in Albuquerque and later Sacramento. In the field as a reporter, he has covered flash floods, blizzards, tornadoes, wildfires, drought and just about everything the weather can offer. After spending some time reporting, Ian decided to further his education and completed Mississippi State's broadcast meteorology program. Ian loves everything about Arizona weather from winter storms in the north to the monsoon in the south. When Ian isn't giving you the forecast in the morning, you can find him hiking, traveling and exploring everything our great state has to offer. If you have any weather pictures or want to say hi, drop him an email or connect online.

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