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Cyclones in Nepal

Cyclones only occur occasionally in Nepal. On average, they happen about 2 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.

Nepal 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 Nepal since 2018

Sitrang: October 23-24, 2022

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 241 km
Air pressure:
below 994 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On October 24th, 2022 at 11:45 pm it had the shortest distance at about 399 km southwest of Bhadrapur in Eastern Region.

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 6th, 2021 at 5:45 am it had the shortest distance at about 495 km south of Bhadrapur in Eastern Region.

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 27th, 2021 at 5:45 pm it had the shortest distance at about 277 km south of Jaleswar in Central Region.

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 5:45 pm it had the shortest distance at about 197 km southwest of Bhadrapur in Eastern Region.

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 10th, 2019 at 2:45 pm it had the shortest distance at about 509 km southwest of Bhadrapur in Eastern Region.

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 4th, 2019 at 2:45 pm it had the shortest distance at about 266 km southwest of Bhadrapur in Eastern Region.


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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