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Cyclones in Mozambique

Cyclones only occur occasionally in Mozambique. On average, they happen about 3 times a year. The hardest hit regions are Nampula, Cabo Delgado and Zambézia.

The typical cyclone season depends on the summer monsoon. In the months before (May to June) and after (October to November), the most severe storms occur.

The most severe cyclone to make landfall in Mozambique in the past 12 months was »Gombe«. It reached a wind speed of up to 165 km/h on March 11, 2022 at 5:00 am local time near Ilha de Mo and was 13 kilometers in diameter at the time. According to the internationally accepted Saffir-Simpson classification, this corresponded to a category 2 cyclone. On the open sea, speeds of up to 183 km/h were measured (category 3).

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Current cyclone: Cheneso

On January 17, 2023 at 8:00 pm, cyclone »Cheneso« formed in the South Indian Ocean with an initial wind speed of 65 km/h. The storm system initially moved east at 19 km/h 24 km/h and reached a diameter of 74 kilometers. On January 28, 2023 at 8:00 am, it reached its highest wind speed to date of 148 kilometers per hour. This corresponds to a category 1 cyclone.

On January 20, 2023 at 2:00 pm, Cheneso made landfall near the city of Ambato Boeny in Madagascar. At that time, the cyclone had a wind speed of 46 km/h and a diameter of 65 kilometers.

Cheneso has since subsided and is no longer under observation by the authorities. Its last position was about 390 km south of the Madagascaron January 27th at 2:00 pm .

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Cheneso: January 17-29, 2023

Wind speed:
max. 148 km/h
Diameter:
max. 148 km
Air pressure:
below 967 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On January 24th, 2023 at 8:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 495 km southwest of Ant in Nampula.

Jasmine: April 24-28, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 100 km/h
Diameter:
max. 963 km
Air pressure:
below 984 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On April 24th, 2022 at 2:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 147 km south of Ant in Nampula.

Gombe: March 8-14, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 183 km/h
on land:
max. 165 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 959 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
Affected regions
Nampula

Dumako: February 13-16, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 94 km/h
Diameter:
max. 93 km
Air pressure:
below 995 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On February 16th, 2022 at 2:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 463 km southwest of Ilha de Mo in Nampula.

Ana: January 23-25, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 93 km/h
on land:
max. 87 km/h
Diameter:
max. 148 km
Air pressure:
below 993 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Nampula

Jobo: April 21-24, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 102 km/h
Diameter:
max. 93 km
Air pressure:
below 995 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On April 24th, 2021 at 8:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 361 km north of Moc in Cabo Delgado.

Eloise: January 17-21, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 94 km/h
Diameter:
max. 370 km
Air pressure:
below 994 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On January 21st, 2021 at 5:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 198 km southwest of Ant in Nampula.

Chalane: December 25-30, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 111 km/h
Diameter:
max. 241 km
Air pressure:
below 990 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On December 30th, 2020 at 2:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 150 km northwest of Beira in Sofala.

Diane: January 22-29, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 102 km/h
Diameter:
max. 444 km
Air pressure:
below 985 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On January 22nd, 2020 at 8:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 336 km southwest of Ilha de Mo in Nampula.

Belna: December 2-11, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 189 km/h
Diameter:
max. 204 km
Air pressure:
below 957 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On December 9th, 2019 at 8:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 465 km west of Ilha de Mo in Nampula.

Kenneth: April 21-28, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 226 km/h
on land:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 148 km
Eye:
max. 37 km
Air pressure:
below 934 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
Affected regions
Cabo Delgado

Idai: March 4-16, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 213 km/h
on land:
max. 185 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Eye:
max. 167 km
Air pressure:
below 940 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
Affected regions
Zambézia
Nampula
Niassa
Sofala
Manica

Eketsang: January 23-26, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 74 km/h
Diameter:
max. 219 km
Air pressure:
below 992 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On January 23rd, 2019 at 8:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 493 km south of Ant in Nampula.

Desmond: January 17-22, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 296 km
Air pressure:
below 989 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On January 22nd, 2019 at 2:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 110 km southeast of Quelimane in Zambézia.


These evaluations are based on data from the National Centers for Environmental Information of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Individual data have been summarized or translated.
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