I have lived here over a year now and the idea of "extreme" wind is way over rated. Rarely do the winds sustain at 15 mph and perhaps twice a year gust above 30. I played golf in 20 mph sustained gusting to 30 one day. that is windy for golf but indicates that you can easily move about in the highest winds up here.
I understand it is more windy on the west side of Washoe Valley but I have no evidence of that myself. They do restrict vans, busses and large trucks on the north south arteries of 395 and 580 at times but I would estimate that this occurs less than 10 times a year.
I was considering a windmill for electrical generation but I just don't think the wind justifies it. If the winds are high they are high for only 18 hours or so and then subside for weeks. Like anything else to do with weather it is cyclical but tho even I was warned about it before I moved here I consider it a non factor and rarely will even prohibit you working in your yard.... more