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Typhoons in China

Typhoons occur very often in China. On average, they happen about 17 times a year. The hardest hit regions are Zhejiang Sheng, Jiangsu Sheng and Jilin Sheng.

The typhoon season in the Pacific usually begins with less severe storms in April and does not end until November. The most severe typhoons usually occur in August and September.

The most severe typhoon to make landfall in China in the past 12 months was »Cempaka«. It reached a wind speed of up to 139 km/h on July 20, 2021 at 8:00 pm local time near Yangjiang and was 19 kilometers in diameter at the time. According to the internationally accepted Saffir-Simpson classification, this corresponded to a category 1 typhoon.

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Most violent typhoons in China since 2018

Rai: 13th to 21st December 2021

Wind speed:
max. 267 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Eye:
max. 74 km
Air pressure:
below 915 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On December 21st, 2021 at 5:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 132 km south of Jieshi in Guangdong.

Chanthu: 6th to 18th September 2021

Wind speed:
max. 274 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Eye:
max. 56 km
Air pressure:
below 908 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On September 13th, 2021 at 11:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 124 km west of Shenjiamen in Zhejiang Sheng.

Cempaka: 18th to 24th July 2021

Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
Diameter:
max. 148 km
Air pressure:
below 970 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
Affected regions
Guangdong
Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu

In Fa: 16th to 30th July 2021

Wind speed:
max. 176 km/h
on land:
max. 109 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 951 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
Affected regions
Zhejiang Sheng
Jiangsu Sheng
Anhui Sheng
Shandong Sheng

Vamco: 8th to 16th November 2020

Wind speed:
max. 207 km/h
Diameter:
max. 778 km
Eye:
max. 74 km
Air pressure:
below 948 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On November 14th, 2020 at 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 198 km south of Sanya in Hainan.

Molave: 21st to 29th October 2020

Wind speed:
max. 189 km/h
Diameter:
max. 889 km
Air pressure:
below 940 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On October 28th, 2020 at 2:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 353 km south of Sanya in Hainan.

Saudel: 16th to 26th October 2020

Wind speed:
max. 133 km/h
on land:
max. 93 km/h
Diameter:
max. 722 km
Air pressure:
below 975 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
Affected regions
Hainan

Haishen: 30th August to 10th September 2020

Wind speed:
max. 250 km/h
on land:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1482 km
Eye:
max. 93 km
Air pressure:
below 910 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
Affected regions
Jilin Sheng
Heilongjiang Sheng
Liaoning

Maysak: 26th August to 7th September 2020

Wind speed:
max. 176 km/h
on land:
max. 74 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1111 km
Eye:
max. 148 km
Air pressure:
below 935 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
Affected regions
Jilin Sheng
Heilongjiang Sheng
Inner Mongolia

Bavi: 20th to 29th August 2020

Wind speed:
max. 185 km/h
on land:
max. 102 km/h
Diameter:
max. 667 km
Eye:
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 942 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
Affected regions
Liaoning
Jilin Sheng
Heilongjiang Sheng

Hagupit: 30th July to 12th August 2020

Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
Diameter:
max. 556 km
Eye:
max. 74 km
Air pressure:
below 971 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
Affected regions
Zhejiang Sheng
Jiangsu Sheng

Sinlaku: 29th July to 3rd August 2020

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1667 km
Air pressure:
below 985 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Hainan
Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu

Mitag: 24th September to 5th October 2019

Wind speed:
max. 143 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1111 km
Eye:
max. 56 km
Air pressure:
below 965 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
Affected regions
Zhejiang Sheng
Jiangsu Sheng

Tapah: 17th to 23rd September 2019

Wind speed:
max. 120 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1148 km
Eye:
max. 167 km
Air pressure:
below 970 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On September 21st, 2019 at 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 357 km west of Shenjiamen in Zhejiang Sheng.

Lingling: 30th August to 12th September 2019

Wind speed:
max. 207 km/h
on land:
max. 130 km/h
Diameter:
max. 852 km
Eye:
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 935 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
Affected regions
Shandong Sheng
Liaoning
Jilin Sheng
Heilongjiang Sheng

Bailu: 19th to 26th August 2019

Wind speed:
max. 106 km/h
on land:
max. 93 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1111 km
Air pressure:
below 980 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Fujian
Guangdong

Krosa: 4th to 17th August 2019

Wind speed:
max. 185 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1759 km
Air pressure:
below 945 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On August 16th, 2019 at 11:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 474 km southwest of Hunchun in Jilin Sheng.

Lekima: 2nd to 14th August 2019

Wind speed:
max. 217 km/h
on land:
max. 207 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1159 km
Eye:
max. 37 km
Air pressure:
below 918 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
Affected regions
Zhejiang Sheng
Jiangsu Sheng
Shandong Sheng
Liaoning

Danas: 14th to 23rd July 2019

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1148 km
Air pressure:
below 984 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Zhejiang Sheng

Mun: 1st to 4th July 2019

Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1326 km
Air pressure:
below 992 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Hainan
Yunnan


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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