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Typhoons in North Korea

Typhoons only occur occasionally in North Korea. On average, they happen about 4 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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Most violent typhoons in North Korea since 2018

Chanthu: 6th to 18th September 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: 10th to 24th August 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: 30th August to 10th September 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: 26th August to 7th September 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: 20th to 29th August 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: 6th to 14th August 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: 30th July to 12th August 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: 24th September to 5th October 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: 17th to 23rd September 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: 30th August to 12th September 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: 4th to 17th August 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: 2nd to 14th August 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: 1st to 11th August 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: 14th to 23rd July 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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