2019 North Indian Ocean cyclone season

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2019 North Indian Ocean cyclone season
2019 North Indian Ocean cyclone season summary.png
Season summary map
Seasonal boundaries
First system formedJanuary 4, 2019
(record earliest, tied with 2014)
Last system dissipatedSeason ongoing
Strongest storm
 • Maximum winds215 km/h (130 mph)
(3-minute sustained)
 • Lowest pressure937 hPa (mbar)
Seasonal statistics
Deep depressions2
Cyclonic storms2
Severe cyclonic storms1
Very severe cyclonic storms1
Super cyclonic storms0
Total fatalities89 total
Total damage> $1.812 billion (2019 USD)
Related articles
North Indian Ocean tropical cyclone seasons
2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

The 2019 North Indian Ocean cyclone season is an ongoing event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation. The North Indian Ocean cyclone season has no official bounds, but cyclones tend to form between April and December, with the two peaks in May and November. These dates conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical cyclones form in the northern Indian Ocean. The season's first named storm, Pabuk, entered the basin on January 4, becoming the earliest-forming cyclonic storm of the North Indian Ocean on record. The second cyclone of the season, Fani, was the strongest tropical cyclone in the Bay of Bengal by 3-minute maximum sustained wind speed and minimum barometric pressure since the 1999 Odisha cyclone (while being equal in maximum 3-minute sustained wind speed to Phailin of the 2013 season).

The scope of this article is limited to the Indian Ocean in the Northern Hemisphere, east of the Horn of Africa and west of the Malay Peninsula. There are two main seas in the North Indian Ocean — the Arabian Sea to the west of the Indian subcontinent, abbreviated ARB by the India Meteorological Department (IMD); and the Bay of Bengal to the east, abbreviated BOB by the IMD.

The official Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre in this basin is the India Meteorological Department (IMD), while the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) and the National Meteorological Center of CMA (NMC) unofficially release full advisories. On average, three to four cyclonic storms form in this basin every season.[1][2]

Season summary[edit]

Cyclone FaniTropical Storm Pabuk (2019)


Cyclonic Storm Pabuk[edit]

Cyclonic storm (IMD)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Pabuk 2019-01-05 0410Z.jpg Pabuk 2019 track.png
DurationJanuary 4 (Entered basin) – January 7
Peak intensity85 km/h (50 mph) (3-min)  998 hPa (mbar)

Originally a tropical storm that formed over the South China Sea on January 1, Pabuk entered the Gulf of Thailand two days later. Shortly afterward, Pabuk made landfall over southern Thailand on January 4 and crossed into the Andaman Sea, and the IMD initiated advisories on the storm, making Pabuk the earliest-forming cyclonic storm for this basin, surpassing Hibaru in 2005, as well as the first cyclonic storm with a name originally assigned by RSMC Tokyo.[3] Over the few days of days, Pabuk continued moved west-northwestward, before weakening into a well-marked low on January 7. The system's remnant low then turned to the northeast, subsequently dissipating on January 8.

Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani[edit]

Extremely severe cyclonic storm (IMD)
Category 4 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Fani 2019-05-02 1657Z.jpg Fani 2019 track.png
DurationApril 26 – May 4
Peak intensity215 km/h (130 mph) (3-min)  937 hPa (mbar)

On April 26, a depression formed to the west of Sumatra, with the IMD giving the storm the identifier BOB 02. The system slowly organized while curving towards the northeast. On April 27, at 00:00 UTC, the IMD upgraded the system to a deep depression.[4] Later that day, the system intensified into Cyclonic Storm Fani, while shifting to the northwest. Development of the system proceeded very slowly for several days, with the cyclone struggling to intensify against the influence of moderate vertical wind shear.[5] At 12:00 UTC on 29 April, Fani was upgraded to a severe cyclonic storm, with the system beginning to undergo rapid intensification.[6][7] Fani continued rapidly intensifying, becoming an extremely severe cyclonic storm at 17:00 UTC on April 30.[8] The Joint Typhoon Warning Center upgraded the system to a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale at 06:00 UTC on May 2, following which, rapid intensification resumed. Three-minute sustained winds increased to 215 km/h (130 mph), and one-minute sustained winds to 250 km/h (155 mph), making the system the equivalent of a high-end Category 4 major hurricane. On May 3, at 04:00 UTC (9:30 a.m. IST) Fani made landfall on Puri, in Odisha,[9] weakening to a Category 1-equivalent very severe cyclonic storm soon after landfall, subsequently weakening to a cyclonic storm several hours later.[10] On 4 May, Fani weakened into a deep depression and moved into Bangladesh.[11] Later that day, Fani degenerated into a well-marked low,[12] before dissipating on the next day.

Storm names[edit]

Within this basin, a tropical cyclone is assigned a name when it is judged to have reached Cyclonic Storm intensity with winds of 65 km/h (40 mph). The names were selected by members of the ESCAP/WMO Panel on Tropical Cyclones between 2000 and May 2004, before the Regional Specialized Meteorological Center in New Delhi started to assign names in September 2004. There is no retirement of tropical cyclone names in this basin as the list of names is only scheduled to be used once before a new list of names is drawn up. Should a named tropical cyclone move into the basin from the Western Pacific, it will retain its original name. The next six available names from the List of North Indian Ocean storm names are below.

  • Hikaa (unused)
  • Kyarr (unused)
  • Maha (unused)
  • Bulbul (unused)

Pabuk entered the basin from the Gulf of Thailand as a cyclonic storm; its name was assigned by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Season effects[edit]

This is a table of all storms in the 2019 North Indian Ocean cyclone season. It mentions all of the season's storms and their names, duration, peak intensities (according to the IMD storm scale), damage, and death totals. Damage and death totals include the damage and deaths caused when that storm was a precursor wave or extratropical low, and all of the damage figures are in 2019 USD.

Name Dates active Peak classification Sustained
wind speeds
Pressure Areas affected Damage
Deaths Refs
Pabuk January 4 – 7 Cyclonic storm 85 km/h (50 mph) 998 hPa (29.47 inHg) Thailand, Myanmar, Andaman Islands None None
Fani April 26 – May 4 Extremely severe cyclonic storm 215 km/h (130 mph) 937 hPa (27.67 inHg) Nicobar Islands, Sri Lanka, East India, Bangladesh, Bhutan $1.81 billion 89 [13][14][15][16][17][18]
Season aggregates
2 systems January 4 – Season ongoing 215 km/h (130 mph) 937 hPa (27.67 inHg) $1.81 billion 89

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Annual Frequency of Cyclonic Disturbances (Maximum Wind Speed of 17 Knots or More), Cyclones (34 Knots or More) and Severe Cyclones (48 Knots or More) Over the Bay of Bengal (BOB), Arabian Sea (AS) and Land Surface of India" (PDF). India Meteorological Department. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  2. ^ RSMC — Tropical Cyclones New Delhi (2010). Report on Cyclonic Disturbances over North Indian Ocean during 2009 (PDF) (Report). India Meteorological Department. pp. 2–3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-04-06. Retrieved May 24, 2011.
  3. ^ "Tropical Cyclone Advisory Bulletin No. 1" (PDF). India Meteorological Department. 4 January 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  4. ^ TC Advisory 1. India Meteorological Department (Report). 27 April 2019. Archived from the original on 30 April 2019. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  5. ^ TC Advisory 4. India Meteorological Department (Report). 28 April 2019. Archived from the original on 30 April 2019. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  6. ^ TC Advisory 11. India Meteorological Department (Report). 29 April 2019. Archived from the original on 30 April 2019. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  7. ^ Tropical Cyclone 01B (Fani) Warning 012. Joint Typhoon Warning Center (Report). Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. 29 April 2019. Archived from the original on 30 April 2019. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  8. ^ TC Advisory 15. India Meteorological Department (Report). 30 April 2019. Archived from the original on 30 April 2019. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Cyclone Fani to Make Landfall Near Puri Today, Odisha Moves 11 Lakh People to Safety". CNN-News18. 3 May 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  10. ^ TC Advisory 28. India Meteorological Department (Report). 3 May 2019. Archived from the original on 4 May 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  11. ^ TC Advisory 30. India Meteorological Department (Report). Archived from the original on 4 May 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  12. ^ Bulletin 65 (PDF). India Meteorological Department (Report). 4 May 2019. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 May 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  13. ^ Ahmad, Adil. "India: Death toll from cyclone Fani climbs to 64". AA.com. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Lightning kills 8 in Uttar Pradesh". New Indian Express. 3 May 2019. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Cyclone Fani leaves trail of destruction in Bangladesh; 17 dead, several hurt". Northeast Now. 5 May 2019. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Odisha estimates loss at ₹12,000 Cr due to cyclone Fani". The Hindu Business Line. 15 May 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Andhra Pradesh pegs loss due to Cyclone Fani at ₹58.62 crore". The Hindu. 5 May 2019. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Fani storm loss estimated at Tk 536 crore". Banglanews24.com. 9 May 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.

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