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Hurricanes in Guatemala

Hurricanes only occur occasionally in Guatemala. On average, they happen about 2 times a year.

The hurricane season usually lasts from early June to late November.

Guatemala has certainly been affected by the foothills of several hurricanes, but during the past 12 months no hurricane reached the inhabited areas on land.

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Most violent hurricanes in Guatemala since 2018

Terry: 2nd to 10th November 2021

Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 296 km
Air pressure:
below 1006 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On November 04th, 2021 at 6:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 471 km south of Puerto San José in Escuintla.

Nicholas: 12th to 17th September 2021

Region:
Gulf of Mexico
Wind speed:
max. 120 km/h
Diameter:
max. 370 km
Air pressure:
below 988 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 12th, 2021 at 6:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 610 km northeast of Nentón in Huehuetenango.

Nora: 24th to 30th August 2021

Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
Diameter:
max. 444 km
Air pressure:
below 976 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On August 24th, 2021 at 12:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 398 km southeast of Ocós in San Marcos.

Beta: 17th to 25th September 2020

Region:
Gulf of Mexico
Wind speed:
max. 102 km/h
Diameter:
max. 444 km
Air pressure:
below 993 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 17th, 2020 at 12:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 696 km northeast of La Libertad in Petén.

Julio: 4th to 7th September 2020

Wind speed:
max. 74 km/h
Diameter:
max. 148 km
Air pressure:
below 1004 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 04th, 2020 at 6:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 271 km east of Ocós in San Marcos.

Genevieve: 16th to 22nd August 2020

Wind speed:
max. 213 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Air pressure:
below 950 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On August 16th, 2020 at 6:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 588 km southeast of Ocós in San Marcos.


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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