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Cyclones in Indonesia

Cyclones occurfrequently in Indonesia. On average, they happen about 7 times a year. The hardest hit regions are Lesser Sunda Islands and Moluccas.

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.

Indonesia 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 Indonesia since 2018

Asani: May 7-11, 2022

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 119 km/h
Diameter:
max. 130 km
Air pressure:
below 976 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On May 07th, 2022 at 1:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 606 km northeast of Sabang in Sumatra.

Charlotte: March 20-26, 2022

Region:
Western Australia
Wind speed:
max. 165 km/h
Diameter:
max. 204 km
Air pressure:
below 967 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On March 20th, 2022 at 8:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 510 km south of Kuta in Lesser Sunda Islands.

Anika: February 25 to March 3, 2022

Region:
Western Australia
Wind speed:
max. 100 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 988 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On February 26th, 2022 at 2:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 489 km southwest of Soe in Lesser Sunda Islands.

Teratai: December 1-11, 2021

Region:
Western Australia
Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 999 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On December 06th, 2021 at 7:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 284 km southeast of Pelabuhanratu in Java.

Choi Wan: May 29 to June 6, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 94 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 986 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On May 30th, 2021 at 3:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 760 km northwest of Tobelo in Moluccas.

Seroja: April 4-12, 2021

Region:
Western Australia
Wind speed:
max. 130 km/h
Diameter:
max. 167 km
Air pressure:
below 972 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On April 04th, 2021 at 8:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 51 km southeast of Kupang in Lesser Sunda Islands.

Dujuan: February 17-23, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Air pressure:
below 991 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On February 20th, 2021 at 3:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 560 km northwest of Tobelo in Moluccas.

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 17th, 2020 at 9:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 466 km north of Tobelo in Moluccas.

Burevi: November 29 to December 5, 2020

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 296 km
Air pressure:
below 996 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On November 29th, 2020 at 7:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 547 km east of Sabang in Sumatra.

Vongfong: May 8-18, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 180 km/h
Diameter:
max. 278 km
Air pressure:
below 960 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On May 09th, 2020 at 3:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 748 km northwest of Tobelo in Moluccas.

Ferdinand: February 22 to March 1, 2020

Region:
Western Australia
Wind speed:
max. 185 km/h
Diameter:
max. 204 km
Air pressure:
below 958 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On February 23rd, 2020 at 2:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 315 km southeast of Waingapu in Lesser Sunda Islands.

Claudia: January 4-19, 2020

Region:
Western Australia
Wind speed:
max. 152 km/h
on land:
max. 111 km/h
Diameter:
max. 3748 km
Air pressure:
below 963 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
Affected regions
Moluccas
Lesser Sunda Islands

Ann: May 10-18, 2019

Region:
Western Australia
Wind speed:
max. 111 km/h
Diameter:
max. 204 km
Air pressure:
below 989 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On May 18th, 2019 at 12:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 368 km southeast of Tual in Moluccas.

Lili: May 6-11, 2019

Region:
Western Australia
Wind speed:
max. 102 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Air pressure:
below 993 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On May 11th, 2019 at 2:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 247 km west of Atambua in Lesser Sunda Islands.

Wallace: April 3-13, 2019

Region:
Western Australia
Wind speed:
max. 111 km/h
Diameter:
max. 648 km
Air pressure:
below 992 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On April 06th, 2019 at 11:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 245 km southwest of Kupang in Lesser Sunda Islands.

Veronica: March 18-30, 2019

Region:
Western Australia
Wind speed:
max. 235 km/h
on land:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 3741 km
Air pressure:
below 927 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
Affected regions
Lesser Sunda Islands

Savannah: March 11-22, 2019

Region:
Western Australia
Wind speed:
max. 194 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Air pressure:
below 957 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On March 12th, 2019 at 1:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 569 km south of Bengkulu in Sumatra.

Riley: January 22 to February 5, 2019

Region:
Western Australia
Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 970 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On January 22nd, 2019 at 8:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 312 km southwest of Soe in Lesser Sunda Islands.


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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