1979 Pacific typhoon season

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1979 Pacific typhoon season
Season summary map
First storm formed January 1, 1979
Last storm dissipated December 23, 1979
Strongest storm Tip most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded – 870 hPa (mbar), 305 km/h (190 mph) (1-minute sustained)
Total storms 23
Typhoons 14
Super typhoons 4
Total fatalities Unknown
Total damage Unknown
Pacific typhoon seasons
1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981

The 1979 Pacific typhoon season has no official limits; it ran year-round in 1979, but most tropical cyclones tend to form in the northwestern Pacific Ocean between June and December.

28 tropical depressions formed this year in the Western Pacific, of which 23 became tropical storms. 14 storms reached typhoon intensity. Four of these reached super typhoon strength.

Storms[change | change source]

Typhoon Alice[change | change source]

Category 3 typhoon (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration January 1 – January 14
Intensity 205 km/h (125 mph) (1-min),  930 mbar (hPa)

Typhoon Bess (Auring)[change | change source]

Category 2 typhoon (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration March 19 – March 25
Intensity 165 km/h (105 mph) (1-min),  958 mbar (hPa)

Typhoon Cecil (Bebeng)[change | change source]

Category 1 typhoon (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration April 10 – April 20
Intensity 150 km/h (90 mph) (1-min),  965 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Dot (Katring)[change | change source]

Tropical storm (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration May 9 – May 16
Intensity 75 km/h (45 mph) (1-min),  984 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression 05W (Diding)[change | change source]

Tropical depression (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration May 18 – May 24
Intensity 55 km/h (35 mph) (1-min),  998 mbar (hPa)

Typhoon Ellis (Etang)[change | change source]

Category 2 typhoon (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration June 29 – July 6
Intensity 155 km/h (100 mph) (1-min),  955 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Faye (Gening)[change | change source]

Tropical storm (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration July 1 – July 6
Intensity 75 km/h (45 mph) (1-min),  998 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression 8W[change | change source]

Tropical depression (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration July 23 – July 25
Intensity 35 km/h (25 mph) (1-min),  1004 mbar (hPa)

Super Typhoon Hope (Ising)[change | change source]

Category 4 super typhoon (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration July 25 – August 3
Intensity 240 km/h (150 mph) (1-min),  898 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Gordon (Herming)[change | change source]

Tropical storm (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration July 26 – July 29
Intensity 110 km/h (70 mph) (1-min),  980 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression 11W (Luding)[change | change source]

Tropical depression (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration August 3 – August 6
Intensity 45 km/h (30 mph) (1-min),  997 mbar (hPa)

Typhoon Irving (Mameng)[change | change source]

Category 2 typhoon (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration August 8 – August 17
Intensity 165 km/h (105 mph) (1-min),  954 mbar (hPa)

Super Typhoon Judy (Neneng)[change | change source]

Category 4 super typhoon (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration August 16 – August 26
Intensity 250 km/h (155 mph) (1-min),  887 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression 14W[change | change source]

Tropical depression (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration August 18 – August 20
Intensity 35 km/h (25 mph) (1-min),  1006 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Ken (Oniang)[change | change source]

Tropical storm (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration September 1 – September 4
Intensity 110 km/h (70 mph) (1-min),  985 mbar (hPa)

Typhoon Lola[change | change source]

Category 2 typhoon (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration September 2 – September 8
Intensity 165 km/h (105 mph) (1-min),  950 mbar (hPa)

Typhoon Mac (Pepang)[change | change source]

Category 1 typhoon (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration September 15 – September 24
Intensity 130 km/h (80 mph) (1-min),  984 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Nancy[change | change source]

Tropical storm (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration September 18 – September 22
Intensity 85 km/h (50 mph) (1-min),  993 mbar (hPa)

Typhoon Owen (Rosing)[change | change source]

Category 3 typhoon (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration September 22 – October 1
Intensity 205 km/h (125 mph) (1-min),  918 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Pamela[change | change source]

Tropical storm (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration September 24 – September 26
Intensity 85 km/h (50 mph) (1-min),  1002 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Roger (Sisang)[change | change source]

Tropical storm (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration October 2 – October 7
Intensity 85 km/h (50 mph) (1-min),  985 mbar (hPa)

Typhoon Sarah (Trining-Uring)[change | change source]

Category 3 typhoon (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration October 4 – October 15
Intensity 205 km/h (125 mph) (1-min),  929 mbar (hPa)

Super Typhoon Tip (Warling)[change | change source]

Category 5 super typhoon (SSHS)
Duration October 4 – October 19
Intensity 305 km/h (190 mph) (1-min),  870 mbar (hPa)

Super Typhoon Vera (Yayang)[change | change source]

Category 5 super typhoon (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration November 2 – November 7
Intensity 260 km/h (160 mph) (1-min),  915 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Wayne (Ading)[change | change source]

Tropical storm (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration November 8 – November 13
Intensity 95 km/h (60 mph) (1-min),  990 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression 26W[change | change source]

Tropical depression (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration November 30 – December 2
Intensity 55 km/h (35 mph) (1-min),  998 mbar (hPa)

Typhoon Abby (Barang)[change | change source]

Category 3 typhoon (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration December 1 – December 14
Intensity 205 km/h (125 mph) (1-min),  951 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Ben (Krising)[change | change source]

Tropical storm (SSHS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration December 20 – December 23
Intensity 110 km/h (70 mph) (1-min),  990 mbar (hPa)

1979 storm names[change | change source]

Western North Pacific tropical cyclones were named by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. The first storm of 1979 was named Alice and the final one was named Ben. The name Alice was retired after this season and replaced by Andy.

  • Alice 1W
  • Bess 2W
  • Cecil 3W
  • Dot 4W
  • Ellis 6W
  • Faye 7W
  • Gordon 10W
  • Hope 9W
  • Irving 12W
  • Judy 13W
  • Ken 15W
  • Lola 16W
  • Mac 17W
  • Nancy 18W
  • Owen 19W
  • Pamela 20W
  • Roger 21W
  • Sarah 22W
  • Tip 23W
  • Vera 24W
  • Wayne 25W
  • Abby 27W
  • Ben 28W
  • Carmen
  • Dom
  • Ellen
  • Forrest
  • Georgia
  • Herbert
  • Ida
  • Joe
  • Kim
  • Lex
  • Marge
  • Norris
  • Orchid
  • Percy
  • Ruth
  • Sperry
  • Thelma
  • Vernon
  • Wynn
  • Alex
  • Betty
  • Cary
  • Dinah
  • Ed
  • Freda
  • Gerald
  • Holly
  • Ike
  • June
  • Kelly
  • Lynn
  • Maury
  • Nina
  • Ogden
  • Phyllis
  • Roy
  • Susan
  • Thad
  • Vanessa
  • Warren
  • Agnes
  • Bill
  • Clara
  • Doyle
  • Elsie
  • Fabian
  • Gay
  • Hazen
  • Irma
  • Jeff
  • Kit
  • Lee
  • Mamie
  • Nelson
  • Odessa
  • Pat
  • Ruby
  • Skip
  • Tess
  • Val
  • Winona

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