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Cyclones in Tanzania

Cyclones occur rarely in Tanzania. On average, they happen about once per year. The hardest hit region is East Coast.

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.

Tanzania has certainly been affected by the foothills of several cyclones, but during the past 12 months no cyclone reached the inhabited areas on land.

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Most violent cyclones in Tanzania since 2018

Gombe: March 8-14, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 183 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 959 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On March 12th, 2022 at 12:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 424 km south of Masuguru in South Coast.

Ana: January 23-25, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 93 km/h
Diameter:
max. 148 km
Air pressure:
below 993 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On January 24th, 2022 at 3:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 551 km south of Masuguru in South Coast.

Jobo: April 21-24, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 102 km/h
on land:
max. 50 km/h
Diameter:
max. 93 km
Air pressure:
below 995 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
East Coast

Kenneth: April 21-28, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 226 km/h
Diameter:
max. 148 km
Eye:
max. 37 km
Air pressure:
below 934 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On April 26th, 2019 at 6:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 157 km southwest of Masuguru in South Coast.

Idai: March 4-16, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 213 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Air pressure:
below 940 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On March 07th, 2019 at 12:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 431 km south of Tingi in Southern Highlands.


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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