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Cyclones on Christmas Island

Cyclones only occur occasionally on Christmas Island. 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.

Christmas Island 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 on Christmas Island since 2018

Billy: March 13-17, 2022

Region:
Western Australia
Wind speed:
max. 111 km/h
Diameter:
max. 241 km
Air pressure:
below 989 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On March 14th, 2022 at 1:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 438 km southeast of Flying Fish Cove.

Teratai: December 1-11, 2021

Region:
Western Australia
Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 999 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On December 07th, 2021 at 7:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 69 km northwest of Flying Fish Cove.

Paddy: November 22-25, 2021

Region:
Western Australia
Wind speed:
max. 72 km/h
Diameter:
max. 148 km
Air pressure:
below 988 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On November 23rd, 2021 at 7:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 411 km south of Flying Fish Cove.

Odette: April 4-10, 2021

Region:
Western Australia
Wind speed:
max. 93 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 990 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On April 09th, 2021 at 4:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 442 km south of Flying Fish Cove.

Marian: February 26 to March 6, 2021

Region:
Western Australia
Wind speed:
max. 183 km/h
Diameter:
max. 259 km
Air pressure:
below 952 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On February 26th, 2021 at 7:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 664 km southeast of Flying Fish Cove.

Savannah: March 11-22, 2019

Region:
Western Australia
Wind speed:
max. 194 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Air pressure:
below 957 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On March 11th, 2019 at 1:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 244 km southeast of Flying Fish Cove.


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