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Cyclones in Bhutan

Cyclones only occur occasionally in Bhutan. On average, they happen about 2 times a year.

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.

Bhutan 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 Bhutan since 2018

Jawad: 3rd to 6th December 2021

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 130 km
Air pressure:
below 997 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On December 06th, 2021 at 6:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 542 km south of Samtse in Samchi.

Yaas: 24th to 27th May 2021

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 119 km/h
Diameter:
max. 259 km
Air pressure:
below 974 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On May 27th, 2021 at 6:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 486 km southeast of Samtse in Samchi.

Amphan: 15th to 21st May 2020

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 241 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 920 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On May 21st, 2020 at 6:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 163 km south of Phuntsholing in Chhukha.

Bulbul:matmo: 28th October to 11th November 2019

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
Diameter:
max. 704 km
Air pressure:
below 976 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On November 11th, 2019 at 6:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 412 km south of Samdrup Jongkhar.

Fani: 25th April to 4th May 2019

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 213 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Air pressure:
below 932 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On May 04th, 2019 at 6:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 188 km south of Panbang in Shemgang.


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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