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Cyclones in Yemen

Cyclones only occur occasionally in Yemen. On average, they happen about 2 times a year. The hardest hit regions are Muhafazat Hadramawt and Soqatra Governorate.

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.

Yemen 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 Yemen since 2018

Gati: 20th to 24th November 2020

Region:
Arabian Sea
Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Eye:
max. 37 km
Air pressure:
below 976 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On November 22nd, 2020 at 12:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 201 km south of Kilmia in Muhafazat Hadramawt.

Pawan: 30th November to 7th December 2019

Region:
Arabian Sea
Wind speed:
max. 74 km/h
Diameter:
max. 482 km
Air pressure:
below 998 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On December 05th, 2019 at 3:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 386 km south of Hadibu in Muhafazat Hadramawt.

Kyaar:kyarr: 22nd October to 3rd November 2019

Region:
Arabian Sea
Wind speed:
max. 241 km/h
on land:
max. 46 km/h
Diameter:
max. 370 km
Air pressure:
below 922 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
Affected regions
Muhafazat Hadramawt
Soqatra Governorate

Hikaa:hikka: 20th to 26th September 2019

Region:
Arabian Sea
Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 978 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On September 26th, 2019 at 12:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 304 km north of Al Ghayzah in Al Mahrah.


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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