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Hurricanes in Nicaragua

Hurricanes only occur occasionally in Nicaragua. On average, they happen about 3 times a year. The hardest hit regions are Atlántico Sur, Chontales and Managua.
The hurricane season usually lasts from early June to late November.
The most severe hurricane to make landfall in Nicaragua in the past 12 months was »Julia«. It reached a wind speed of up to 139 km/h on October 9, 2022 at 12:00 am local time near Corn Island and was 23 kilometers in diameter at the time. According to the internationally accepted Saffir-Simpson classification, this corresponded to a category 1 hurricane.
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Most violent hurricanes in Nicaragua since 2018

Lisa: October 27 to November 5, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 130 km/h
Diameter:
max. 370 km
Air pressure:
below 988 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On November 1st, 2022 at 6:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 218 km north of Waspam in Atlántico Norte (RAAN).

Karl: October 10-13, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 93 km/h
Diameter:
max. 370 km
Air pressure:
below 1000 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On October 10th, 2022 at 6:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 562 km northeast of Jiquilillo in Chinandega.

Julia: October 2-10, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
Diameter:
max. 333 km
Air pressure:
below 982 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
Affected regions
Atlántico Sur
Chontales
Managua
León
Chinandega

Ian: September 19 to October 2, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 250 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1482 km
Air pressure:
below 937 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 25th, 2022 at 9:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 403 km northwest of Waspam in Atlántico Norte (RAAN).

Frank: July 23 to August 3, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 148 km/h
Diameter:
max. 333 km
Air pressure:
below 975 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On July 23rd, 2022 at 6:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 449 km southeast of Jiquilillo in Chinandega.

Estelle: July 12-21, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
Diameter:
max. 333 km
Air pressure:
below 984 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On July 12th, 2022 at 12:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 461 km southeast of Jiquilillo in Chinandega.

Bonnie: June 22 to July 9, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 185 km/h
on land:
max. 74 km/h
Diameter:
max. 370 km
Air pressure:
below 964 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
Affected regions
Río San Juan
Rivas

Celia: June 13-28, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 102 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 993 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On June 13th, 2022 at 3:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 100 km southeast of Jiquilillo in Chinandega.

Terry: November 2-10, 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 2nd, 2021 at 12:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 259 km south of San Carlos in Río San Juan.

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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