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Typhoons in North Korea

Typhoons occurfrequently in North Korea. On average, they happen about 6 times a year. The hardest hit regions are Kangwon-do, Hamgyong-bukto and Hwanghae-namdo.

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.

North Korea has certainly been affected by the foothills of several typhoons, but during the past 12 months no typhoon reached the inhabited areas on land.

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Current typhoon: Muifa

On September 7, 2022 at 3:00 am, typhoon »Muifa« formed in the Northwest Pacific with an initial wind speed of 54 km/h. The storm system initially moved southeast at 19 km/h 26 km/h and reached a diameter of 74 kilometers in the meantime. The storm was named Muifa on September 8, 2022 at 12:00 pm, when it was already in the mainland area of North Korea. At September 11, 2022 at 3:00 pm, it reached its highest wind speed to date of 213 kilometers per hour. This corresponds to a typhoon of category 4.

On September 16, 2022 at 9:00 am, Muifa made landfall near the city of Qingyang in China. At that time, the typhoon had a wind speed of 65 km/h and a diameter of 74 kilometers.

Muifa has since subsided and is no longer under observation by the authorities. Its last position was about 544 km northeast of the South Korea.

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Most violent typhoons in North Korea since 2018

Nanmadol: September 12-19, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 248 km/h
Diameter:
max. 259 km
Air pressure:
below 917 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On September 19th, 2022 at 9:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 594 km southwest of Kaesong in Hwanghae-namdo.

Muifa: September 6-16, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 213 km/h
Diameter:
max. 148 km
Air pressure:
below 942 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On September 16th, 2022 at 9:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 337 km east of Changyon in Hwanghae-namdo.

Hinnamnor: August 28 to September 6, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 256 km/h
Diameter:
max. 93 km
Air pressure:
below 915 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On September 06th, 2022 at 9:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 361 km southwest of Hoeyang in Kangwon-do.

Trases: August 1, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 54 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Air pressure:
below 994 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical depression
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On August 01st, 2022 at 3:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 393 km south of Yonan-up in Hwanghae-namdo.

Songda: July 29 to August 1, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 54 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 991 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical depression
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On August 01st, 2022 at 9:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 342 km southeast of Ongjin in Hwanghae-namdo.

Aere: June 30 to July 9, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 574 km
Air pressure:
below 988 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On July 05th, 2022 at 6:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 622 km southwest of Kaesong in Hwanghae-namdo.

Chanthu: September 6-18, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 274 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 908 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On September 17th, 2021 at 12:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 557 km south of Kaesong in Hwanghae-namdo.

Omais: August 10-24, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 94 km/h
Diameter:
max. 296 km
Air pressure:
below 993 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On August 24th, 2021 at 9:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 345 km southwest of T'ongch'on-up in Kangwon-do.

Haishen: August 30 to September 10, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 250 km/h
on land:
max. 111 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1482 km
Eye:
max. 93 km
Air pressure:
below 910 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
Affected regions
Kangwon-do
Hamgyong-namdo
Yanggang-do
Hamgyong-bukto

Maysak: August 26 to September 7, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 176 km/h
on land:
max. 130 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1111 km
Air pressure:
below 935 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
Affected regions
Kangwon-do
Hamgyong-bukto

Bavi: August 20-29, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 185 km/h
on land:
max. 133 km/h
Diameter:
max. 667 km
Eye:
max. 93 km
Air pressure:
below 942 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
Affected regions
Hwanghae-namdo
P'yongan-bukto

Jangmi: August 6-14, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 722 km
Air pressure:
below 990 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On August 10th, 2020 at 9:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 270 km southwest of T'ongch'on-up in Kangwon-do.

Hagupit: July 30 to August 12, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
on land:
max. 46 km/h
Diameter:
max. 556 km
Air pressure:
below 971 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
Affected regions
Hwanghae-namdo
Hwanghae-bukto
Kangwon-do

Mitag: September 24 to October 5, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 143 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1111 km
Air pressure:
below 965 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On October 03rd, 2019 at 9:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 236 km southwest of T'ongch'on-up in Kangwon-do.

Tapah: September 17-23, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 120 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1148 km
Air pressure:
below 970 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On September 23rd, 2019 at 3:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 501 km southwest of Hoeyang in Kangwon-do.

Lingling: August 30 to September 12, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 207 km/h
on land:
max. 130 km/h
Diameter:
max. 852 km
Air pressure:
below 935 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
Affected regions
Hwanghae-namdo
Pyongyang
Chagang-do
Hamgyong-bukto

Krosa: August 4-17, 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 12:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 437 km southwest of Ungsang-nodongjagu in Rason.

Lekima: August 2-14, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 217 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1159 km
Air pressure:
below 918 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On August 14th, 2019 at 9:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 271 km east of Changyon in Hwanghae-namdo.

Francisco: August 1-11, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 130 km/h
Diameter:
max. 444 km
Eye:
max. 37 km
Air pressure:
below 970 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On August 07th, 2019 at 3:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 108 km west of T'ongch'on-up in Kangwon-do.

Danas: July 14-23, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1148 km
Air pressure:
below 984 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On July 21st, 2019 at 9:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 117 km southwest of Kilju in Hamgyong-bukto.


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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