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Typhoons in Laos

Typhoons occurfrequently in Laos. On average, they happen about 8 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 »«. It reached a wind speed of up to 41 km/h on September 24, 2021 at 4:00 am local time near Lamam and was 37 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 65 km/h were even measured (tropical storm).

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Most violent typhoons in Laos 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 19th, 2021 at 10:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 413 km west of Attapu.

Kompasu: 10th to 14th October 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

Lionrock: 7th to 10th October 2021

Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 259 km
Air pressure:
below 993 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On October 11th, 2021 at 1:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 144 km west of Xam Nua in Houaphan.

Conson: 6th to 13th September 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.

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
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On July 24th, 2021 at 1:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 243 km northwest of Thakhèk in Khammouan.

Koguma: 12th to 13th June 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: 8th to 16th November 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: 6th to 11th November 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: 25th October to 6th November 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: 21st to 29th October 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: 16th to 26th October 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: 11th to 14th October 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: 6th to 12th October 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: 14th to 18th September 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: 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
Salavan
Khammouan
Bolikhamxai
Houaphan
Xiangkhoang
Louangphabang

Nakri: 4th to 11th November 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: 28th October to 11th November 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: 24th to 31st August 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: 29th July to 4th August 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: 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
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.


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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