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Cyclones in Burma

Cyclones only occur occasionally in Burma. On average, they happen about 4 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.

Burma 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 Burma since 2018

Jawad: December 3-6, 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 6:30 am it had the shortest distance at about 534 km northeast of Sittwe in Rakhine.

Gulab:shaheen Gu: September 24 to October 4, 2021

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 130 km/h
Diameter:
max. 296 km
Air pressure:
below 974 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On September 24th, 2021 at 12:30 pm it had the shortest distance at about 186 km southeast of Sittwe in Rakhine.

Yaas: May 24-27, 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 25th, 2021 at 3:30 pm it had the shortest distance at about 474 km east of Sittwe in Rakhine.

Krovanh: December 17-25, 2020

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 667 km
Air pressure:
below 1000 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On December 25th, 2020 at 6:30 pm it had the shortest distance at about 216 km southeast of Myeik in Tanintharyi.

Noul: September 14-18, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 87 km/h
Diameter:
max. 667 km
Air pressure:
below 991 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On September 19th, 2020 at 12:30 am it had the shortest distance at about 473 km west of Mudon in Mon.

Amphan: May 15-21, 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 6:30 am it had the shortest distance at about 453 km northeast of Falam in Chin.

Bulbul:matmo: October 28 to November 11, 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 02nd, 2019 at 6:30 pm it had the shortest distance at about 54 km south of Dawei in Tanintharyi.

Podul: August 24-31, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 74 km/h
Diameter:
max. 667 km
Air pressure:
below 992 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On August 31st, 2019 at 6:30 am it had the shortest distance at about 487 km west of Hpa-an in Kayin.

Fani: April 25 to May 4, 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 6:30 pm it had the shortest distance at about 395 km northeast of Falam in Chin.


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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