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Typhoons in Laos

Typhoons occurfrequently in Laos. On average, they happen about 7 times a year. The hardest hit regions are Xiangkhoang, Attapu and Salavan.

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 Laos in the past 12 months was »Kompasu«. It reached a wind speed of up to 28 km/h on October 15, 2021 at 1:00 am local time near Phonsavan and was 28 kilometers in diameter at the time. According to the internationally accepted Saffir-Simpson classification, this corresponded to a tropical depression typhoon. On the open sea, speeds of up to 100 km/h were even measured (tropical storm).

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Current typhoon: Noru

On September 22, 2022 at 7:00 am, typhoon »Noru« formed in the Northwest Pacific with an initial wind speed of 46 km/h. The storm system initially moved east at 19 km/h 11 km/h and reached a diameter of 56 kilometers in the meantime. At September 25, 2022 at 7:00 am, it reached its highest wind speed to date of 256 kilometers per hour. This corresponds to a typhoon of category 5.

On September 28, 2022 at 1:00 pm, Noru made landfall near the city of Pakxé (Champasak) in Laos. At that time, the typhoon had a wind speed of 94 km/h and a diameter of 37 kilometers.

Noru has since subsided and is no longer under observation by the authorities. Its last position was about 492 km southeast of the China.

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Most violent typhoons in Laos since 2018

Noru: September 22-28, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 256 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 919 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On September 28th, 2022 at 10:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 51 km northwest of Lamam in Xékong.

Ma On: August 22-25, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 111 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 985 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On August 25th, 2022 at 7:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 458 km west of Xam Nua in Houaphan.

Rai: December 13-21, 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 19th, 2021 at 10:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 413 km west of Attapu.

Kompasu: October 10-14, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 100 km/h
on land:
max. 28 km/h
Diameter:
max. 519 km
Air pressure:
below 981 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Xiangkhoang

Conson: September 6-13, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 111 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 989 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On September 13th, 2021 at 7:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 146 km northwest of Lamam in Xékong.

Koguma: June 12-13, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 996 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On June 13th, 2021 at 1:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 134 km west of Xam Nua in Houaphan.

Vamco: November 8-16, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 207 km/h
on land:
max. 56 km/h
Diameter:
max. 778 km
Eye:
max. 56 km
Air pressure:
below 948 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
Affected regions
Bolikhamxai
Xiangkhoang

Etau: November 6-11, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 500 km
Air pressure:
below 992 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On November 11th, 2020 at 4:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 177 km south of Không in Champasak.

Goni: October 25 to November 6, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 309 km/h
Diameter:
max. 611 km
Air pressure:
below 888 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On November 06th, 2020 at 1:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 127 km west of Attapu.

Molave: October 21-29, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 189 km/h
on land:
max. 130 km/h
Diameter:
max. 889 km
Air pressure:
below 940 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
Affected regions
Attapu
Xékong
Salavan
Champasak

Saudel: October 16-26, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 133 km/h
Diameter:
max. 722 km
Air pressure:
below 975 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On October 26th, 2020 at 1:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 174 km northwest of Thakhèk in Khammouan.

Nangka: October 11-14, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 87 km/h
Diameter:
max. 833 km
Air pressure:
below 990 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On October 14th, 2020 at 10:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 112 km southwest of Xam Nua in Houaphan.

Linfa: October 6-12, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 611 km
Air pressure:
below 994 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Attapu

Noul: September 14-18, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 87 km/h
on land:
max. 74 km/h
Diameter:
max. 667 km
Air pressure:
below 991 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Salavan
Savannahkhét

Sinlaku: July 29 to August 3, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1667 km
Air pressure:
below 985 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Salavan
Khammouan
Bolikhamxai
Houaphan
Xiangkhoang
Louangphabang

Nakri: November 4-11, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 120 km/h
Diameter:
max. 889 km
Air pressure:
below 975 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On November 11th, 2019 at 1:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 198 km southwest of Attapu.

Bulbul:matmo: October 28 to November 11, 2019

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
on land:
max. 87 km/h
Diameter:
max. 704 km
Air pressure:
below 976 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
Affected regions
Attapu
Champasak

Podul: August 24-31, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 74 km/h
on land:
max. 37 km/h
Diameter:
max. 667 km
Air pressure:
below 992 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Savannahkhét
Vientiane

Wipha: July 29 to August 4, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 102 km/h
Diameter:
max. 889 km
Air pressure:
below 983 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Oudômxai

Mun: July 1-4, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1326 km
Air pressure:
below 992 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On July 04th, 2019 at 1:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 180 km northwest of Xam Nua in Houaphan.


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