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2009 Pacific typhoon season

Typhoon season in the Western Pacific Ocean / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The 2009 Pacific typhoon season was a below average season that spawned only 22 named storms, 13 typhoons, and five super typhoons. It was also recognized as the deadliest season in the Philippines for decades. The first half of the season was very quiet whereas the second half of the season was extremely active. The season's first named storm, Kujira, developed on May 3 while the season's last named storm, Nida, dissipated on December 3.

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2009 Pacific typhoon season
Season summary map
Seasonal boundaries
First system formedJanuary 3, 2009
Last system dissipatedDecember 8, 2009
Strongest storm
  Maximum winds215 km/h (130 mph)
(10-minute sustained)
  Lowest pressure905 hPa (mbar)
Seasonal statistics
Total depressions41
Total storms22
Super typhoons5 (unofficial)
Total fatalities2,348 total
Total damage$10.29 billion (2009 USD)
Related articles
Pacific typhoon seasons
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

During August, Typhoon Morakot, devastated Taiwan killing nearly 800 people and was known for being the deadliest typhoon to impact the country. Typhoons Ketsana and Parma both affected the Philippines bringing extreme flooding which killed more than 600 people with damages over US$300 million from both storms. Typhoon Nida during late November reached 1-minute winds of 285 km/h (175 mph), which is the most intense in the basin since Typhoon Paka in 1997.

The scope of this article is limited to the Pacific Ocean to the north of the equator between 100°E and 180th meridian. Within the northwestern Pacific Ocean, there are two separate agencies that assign names to tropical cyclones which can often result in a cyclone having two names. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) will name a tropical cyclone should it be judged to have 10-minute sustained wind speeds of at least 65 km/h (40 mph) anywhere in the basin, whilst the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) assigns names to tropical cyclones which move into or form as a tropical depression in their area of responsibility located between 135°E and 115°E and between 5°N–25°N regardless of whether or not a tropical cyclone has already been given a name by the JMA. Tropical depressions that are monitored by the United States' Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) are given a number with a "W" suffix.