Hurricanes in Nicaragua

Hurricanes occur rarely in Nicaragua. On average, they happen about once per year.

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

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

Other natural hazards in Nicaragua:
The most severe natural disasters worldwide

Back to overview: Nicaragua

Current hurricane: Celia

On June 13, 2022 at 12:00 pm, hurricane »Celia« formed in the Northeast Pacific with an initial wind speed of 28 km/h. The storm system initially moved northeast at 19 km/h 6 km/h and reached a diameter of 111 kilometers in the meantime. At June 24, 2022 at 6:00 am, it reached its highest wind speed to date of 102 kilometers per hour. This corresponds to a hurricane of category of a tropical storm.

On June 18, 2022 at 6:00 pm, Celia made landfall near the city of Acajutla () in El Salvador. At that time, the hurricane had a wind speed of 46 km/h and a diameter of 37 kilometers.

Celia has since subsided and is no longer under observation by the authorities. Its last position was about 700 km southeast of the Mexicoon June 19th at 6:00 am .

Current satellite image of the North Atlantic

Move the timeline below the image to see previous shots.
02.07.2022 © CIMSS University of Wisconsin-Madison

Most violent hurricanes in Nicaragua since 2018

Celia: 13th to 28th June 2022

Wind speed:
max. 102 km/h
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: 2nd to 10th November 2021

Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
max. 296 km
Air pressure:
below 1006 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On November 02nd, 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.
Natural disasters worldwideMost severe natural disasters worldwideThe most severe earthquakes, volcanos and tsunamis by region and severity
United States: VolcanosActive volcanoes and eruptions in the United StatesVolcanic eruptions and their damages by 17 volcanos of the United States
Thailand: Sunrise + sunsetSunrise and sunset in ThailandTimes of sunrise and sunset for the most important cities in Thailand and the avg. length of daylight per month