1973 Pacific typhoon season

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1973 Pacific typhoon season
Season summary map
First system formed June 30, 1973
Last system dissipated November 27, 1973
Strongest storm Nora – 875 hPa (mbar), 295 km/h (185 mph) (1-minute sustained)
Total depressions 25
Total storms 21
Typhoons 12
Super typhoons 3
Total fatalities Unknown
Total damage Unknown
Pacific typhoon seasons
1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975

The 1973 Pacific typhoon season has no official bounds, but most tropical cyclones tend to form in the northwestern Pacific Ocean between June and December. These dates conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical cyclones form in the northwestern Pacific Ocean.

The scope of this article is limited to the Pacific Ocean, north of the equator and west of the international date line. Storms that form east of the date line and north of the equator are called hurricanes; see 1973 Pacific hurricane season. Tropical Storms formed in the entire west pacific basin were assigned a name by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Tropical depressions in this basin have the "W" suffix added to their number. Tropical depressions that enter or form in the Philippine area of responsibility are assigned a name by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration or PAGASA. This can often result in the same storm having two names.

Storms[edit]

25 tropical depressions formed this year in the Western Pacific, of which 21 became tropical storms. 12 storms reached typhoon intensity, of which 3 reached super typhoon strength.[1]

Tropical Storm Wilda (Atring)[edit]

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Duration June 30 – July 6
Peak intensity 110 km/h (70 mph) (1-min)  980 mbar (hPa)

Typhoon Anita[edit]

Category 1 typhoon (SSHWS)
Duration July 5 – July 10
Peak intensity 130 km/h (80 mph) (1-min)  980 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Clara[edit]

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Duration July 12 – July 15
Peak intensity 100 km/h (65 mph) (1-min)  985 mbar (hPa)

Super Typhoon Billie (Bining)[edit]

Category 4 super typhoon (SSHWS)
Duration July 12 – July 20
Peak intensity 240 km/h (150 mph) (1-min)  915 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Bille, which developed on July 12 east of the Philippines, rapidly strengthened on the 14th and 15th to a 150 mph super typhoon. It tracked due north, fluctuating in intensity for the next 3 days. A building ridge over the Sea of Japan forced Billie to the northwest, where it weakened greatly, first to a tropical storm on the 18th, then to a tropical depression on the 19th as it passes over northeastern China. The storm dissipated on the 20th.

Typhoon Dot[edit]

Category 2 typhoon (SSHWS)
Duration July 13 – July 21
Peak intensity 155 km/h (100 mph) (1-min)  975 mbar (hPa)

Typhoon Dot struck Hong Kong causing sustained storm force winds, killing one person.[2]

Typhoon Ellen[edit]

Category 3 typhoon (SSHWS)
Duration July 17 – July 29
Peak intensity 195 km/h (120 mph) (1-min)  940 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Fran (Kuring)[edit]

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Duration July 27 – July 30
Peak intensity 75 km/h (45 mph) (1-min)  1000 mbar (hPa)

Typhoon Georgia[edit]

Category 1 typhoon (SSHWS)
Duration August 8 – August 15
Peak intensity 130 km/h (80 mph) (1-min)  980 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Hope[edit]

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Duration August 8 – August 13
Peak intensity 85 km/h (50 mph) (1-min)  1000 mbar (hPa)

Typhoon Iris (Daling)[edit]

Category 2 typhoon (SSHWS)
Duration August 9 – August 20
Peak intensity 155 km/h (100 mph) (1-min)  970 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression 11W[edit]

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Duration August 12 – August 18
Peak intensity 55 km/h (35 mph) (1-min)  1005 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Joan (Elang)[edit]

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Duration August 17 – August 22
Peak intensity 85 km/h (50 mph) (1-min)  990 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Goring[edit]

Tropical depression (PAGASA)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration August 20 – August 22
Peak intensity 55 km/h (35 mph) (10-min) 

Tropical Storm Kate[edit]

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Duration August 23 – August 27
Peak intensity 110 km/h (70 mph) (1-min)  975 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression 14W[edit]

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Duration August 31 – September 3
Peak intensity 55 km/h (35 mph) (1-min) 

Typhoon Louise (Huling)[edit]

Category 1 typhoon (SSHWS)
Duration September 2 – September 9
Peak intensity 140 km/h (85 mph) (1-min)  975 mbar (hPa)

Typhoon Marge (Ibiang)[edit]

Category 1 typhoon (SSHWS)
Duration September 11 – September 16
Peak intensity 150 km/h (90 mph) (1-min)  965 mbar (hPa)

Hainan, Qionghai Jiaji town recorded a minimum central pressure of 937.8hpa when Marge landfall.Marge killed 903 people in Hainan.

Super Typhoon Nora (Luming)[edit]

Category 5 super typhoon (SSHWS)
Duration October 2 – October 10
Peak intensity 295 km/h (185 mph) (1-min)  875 mbar (hPa)
Main article: Typhoon Nora (1973)

The monsoon trough spawned a tropical depression east of the Philippines on October 1. Under weak steering currents, it meandered westward, where favorable conditions allowed for it to strengthen, first to a tropical storm on the 2nd, then to a typhoon on the 3rd. Nora continued to the northwest, and explosively deepened on the 5th and 6th to a 185 mph super typhoon. At the time, it had a minimum central pressure of 877 millibars, the lowest pressure on record at the time and currently tied for 9th. The typhoon weakened as it headed to the northwest, and struck northeastern Luzon on the 7th as a 115 mph typhoon. Nora continued to the northwest, weakening to a minimal typhoon as it hit southeast China on the 10th. The typhoon caused 18 fatalities, with over $2 million in damage.

Typhoon Opal[edit]

Category 1 typhoon (SSHWS)
Duration October 4 – October 9
Peak intensity 140 km/h (85 mph) (1-min)  970 mbar (hPa)

Super Typhoon Patsy (Miling)[edit]

Category 5 super typhoon (SSHWS)
Duration October 6 – October 15
Peak intensity 260 km/h (160 mph) (1-min)  895 mbar (hPa)

Typhoon Ruth (Narsing)[edit]

Category 2 typhoon (SSHWS)
Duration October 11 – October 21
Peak intensity 165 km/h (105 mph) (1-min)  960 mbar (hPa)

27 people were killed when Typhoon Ruth crossed Luzon on October 15 and caused $5 million in damage. Ruth continued to the northwest, and hit Hainan Island and China on the 19th and 20th, respectively.

Tropical Storm Sarah[edit]

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Duration November 9 – November 12
Peak intensity 100 km/h (65 mph) (1-min)  985 mbar (hPa)

On November 12 this system emerged in the Bay of Bengal and became Tropical Cyclone 37-73.[1]

Tropical Storm Thelma[edit]

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Duration November 14 – November 18
Peak intensity 100 km/h (65 mph) (1-min)  990 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Vera (Openg)[edit]

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Duration November 19 – November 27
Peak intensity 95 km/h (60 mph) (1-min)  990 mbar (hPa)

1973 storm names[edit]

Western North Pacific tropical cyclones were named by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. The first storm of 1973 was named Wilda and the final one was named Vera.

  • Agnes
  • Bess
  • Carmen
  • Della
  • Elaine
  • Faye
  • Gloria
  • Hester
  • Irma
  • Judy
  • Kit
  • Lola
  • Mamie
  • Nina
  • Ora
  • Phyllis
  • Rita
  • Susan
  • Tess
  • Viola
  • Winnie
  • Alice
  • Betty
  • Cora
  • Doris
  • Elsie
  • Flossie
  • Grace
  • Helen
  • Ida
  • June
  • Kathy
  • Lorna
  • Marie
  • Nancy
  • Olga
  • Pamela
  • Ruby
  • Sally
  • Therese
  • Violet
  • Wilda 1W
  • Anita 2W
  • Billie 4W
  • Clara 3W
  • Dot 5W
  • Ellen 6W
  • Fran 7W
  • Georgia 8W
  • Hope 9W
  • Iris 10W
  • Joan 12W
  • Kate 13W
  • Louise 15W
  • Marge 16W
  • Nora 17W
  • Opal 18W
  • Patsy 19W
  • Ruth 20W
  • Sarah 21W
  • Thelma 22W
  • Vera 23W
  • Wanda
  • Amy
  • Babe
  • Carla
  • Dinah
  • Emma
  • Freda
  • Gilda
  • Harriet
  • Ivy
  • Jean
  • Kim
  • Lucy
  • Mary
  • Nadine
  • Olive
  • Polly
  • Rose
  • Shirley
  • Trix
  • Virginia
  • Wendy

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 1973 ATCR TABLE OF CONTENTS
  2. ^ Historical Information

External links[edit]