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Review of the extraordinary hurricane season by Météo France

Monday, May 2, 2022

Meteo France reports an extraordinary 2021-2022 hurricane season in the Indian Ocean, with in particular “9 hurricanes and typhoons in the space of a month and a half: once again unheard of! “. Of the 12 hurricanes, 5 became cyclones. East Madagascar was hit by 5 hurricanes and typhoons, which was also unprecedented.

April 30 is climatologically the end of the 2021-2022 hurricane season.

Here is an early assessment of this single hurricane season in many ways, with a number of entirely new facts or events.

The first part of the season with non-existent subscribers, with no interrupted activity until January 20, the first: never since the dawn of the satellite era (1967), the season started so late!

5 typhoons in eastern Madagascar: unheard of

Then a hyper-active heart this season, with 9 hurricanes and cyclones in the space of a month and a half: again unheard of!

In total, one season was much more active than usual, with 12 hurricanes, including 5 that reached the hurricane stage.

Half of this system, 6, impacted (and crossed) Madagascar, 5 of which landed on the east coast of the Big Island. Here again, these two values ​​set two new records: never Madagascar as a whole, and its east coast in particular, had to experience the onslaught of so many cyclonic phenomena during the same season!!!

The 6th system that made it possible to set this record, Jasmine, is in itself an extraordinary system: it is the first known tropical storm to form in the central part of the Mozambique Strait at the end of the season (late April). Jasmine also landed near Tulear and was probably the impact of the deadliest low-pressure system (at least in terms of wind) that the “solar city” had suffered since the dawn of the satellite era.

4 Hurricanes and cyclones in Mozambique

Four low-pressure systems also affected Mozambique, two of them significantly, which is again an unusually high number, but not extraordinary. On the other hand, the remarkable fact is that Gombe is the fourth typhoon to hit Mozambique in four years, and it hasn’t happened before since 1967.

The Mascarenes came out of there relatively better, even if they were also subjected to an unprecedented close succession of hurricanes Batsirai and Emnati, then at the peak of their strength, but fortunately without an immediate impact.

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