This is a list of all Pacific typhoons that have had their names retired by the Japan Meteorological Agency. A total of 48 typhoon names have been retired since the start of official tropical cyclone naming in the western North Pacific Ocean in 2000. Tropical cyclone names are retired by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in a meeting in January or February. Those typhoons that have their names retired tend to be exceptionally destructive storms. Several names were removed or altered naming list for various reasons other than retirement. Collectively, retired typhoons have caused over $108 billion in damage (2020 USD), as well as over 12,000 deaths.
The practice of using names to identify tropical cyclones goes back several centuries, with systems named after places, saints or things they hit before the formal start of naming in the Western Pacific.These included the Kamikaze, 1906 Hong Kong typhoon, 1922 Swatow typhoon and the 1934 Muroto typhoon.
The practice of retiring significant names was started during 1955 by the United States Weather Bureau in the Northern Atlantic basin, after hurricanes Carol, Edna, and Hazel struck the East Coast of the United States and caused a significant amount of damage in the previous year.Initially the names were only designed to be retired for ten years after which they might be reintroduced; however, it was decided at the 1969 Interdepartmental hurricane conference, that any significant hurricane in the future would have its name permanently retired. The first tropical cyclone name to be removed in the South Pacific was Rosie after it had impacted Vanuatu and New Caledonia during 1971. Several names have been removed from the Pacific naming lists for various other reasons than causing a significant amount of death/destruction, which include being pronounced in a very similar way to other names and political reasons.
In 2000, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) began naming tropical cyclones from a list of 140 names, submitted by 14 countries. Previously, the JMA labeled storms with numbers, but not names. The JMA has been the official warning agency of the western Pacific Ocean since 1981, though other organizations have also tracked typhoons. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) unofficially named tropical cyclones from 1947 to 1999. During this time period, there were several pre-determined tropical cyclone lists, in which many names were removed and replaced with others. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) names tropical cyclones using a separate list, which is adjusted periodically.
Several names were removed from the list. In 2002, the name Hanuman was replaced prior to being used, due to objection by the India Meteorological Department for reason of religion.Additionally, the name Kodo was replaced in 2002 without being used. The following year, Koni was replaced by Goni, after an apparent misspelling was made. In 2004, the names Yanyan and Tingting were removed at the request of the Hong Kong Observatory. A total of nine names on the list had their spellings changed. In February 2014, the name Sonamu was removed at the request from Malaysia due to causing unprecedented panic by the similar pronunciation to tsunami. In February 2015 the name Jongdari was chosen as replacement for Sonamu. In the 46th session of the Typhoon Committee, it was noted the name Vicente appears on both the tropical cyclone name lists for the Western North Pacific and Eastern North Pacific. In response to this duplication the name Lan was chosen as replacement for Vicente on the Western North Pacific name list to avoid potential confusion.
Between 1947 and 2000, eleven names of significant tropical cyclones were retired from the list of names used by the United States Joint Typhoon Warning Center. 8,045 km (5,000 mi) track.During this time other names were removed from the naming lists, including in 1979 when the lists of names used were revised to include both male and female names. Tropical Storm Lucille was the first name to be retired for its impacts, while Ophelia was retired because of its long
|Name||Dates active||Peak classification||Sustained|
|Lucille||May 25 – June 4, 1960||Tropical storm||85 km/h (50 mph)||985 hPa (29.09 inHg)||Philippines||$2 million||300–500|
|Ophelia||November 21 – |
December 6, 1960
|Category 4 super typhoon||250 km/h (155 mph)||925 hPa (27.32 inHg)||Caroline Islands||Unknown||2|
|Karen||November 7 – 17, 1962||Category 5 super typhoon||295 km/h (185 mph)||894 hPa (26.40 inHg)||Guam||$250 million||11|
|Bess||October 8 – 14, 1974||Category 1 typhoon||120 km/h (75 mph)||977 hPa (28.85 inHg)||Philippines, China, Vietnam||$9.2 million||32|
|Bess||July 21 – August 3, 1982||Category 5 super typhoon||260 km/h (160 mph)||900 hPa (26.58 inHg)||Japan||$2.32 billion||95|
|Ike||August 26 –|
September 6, 1984
|Category 4 typhoon||230 km/h (145 mph)||950 hPa (28.05 inHg)||Guam, Philippines, China||$1 billion||1,142|
|Roy||January 7 – 19, 1988||Category 4 typhoon||215 km/h (135 mph)||940 hPa (27.76 inHg)||Micronesia, Philippines||$28.5 million||2|
|Mike||November 5 – 18, 1990||Category 5 super typhoon||280 km/h (175 mph)||915 hPa (27.02 inHg)||Micronesia, Philippines, China||$389 million||748|
|Mireille||September 13 – 27, 1991||Category 4 super typhoon||240 km/h (150 mph)||925 hPa (27.32 inHg)||Mariana Islands, Japan, South Korea||$10 billion||66|
|Thelma||November 1 – 8, 1991||Tropical storm||85 km/h (50 mph)||992 hPa (29.29 inHg)||Philippines, Vietnam||$27.7 million||5,081–8,145|
|Omar||August 20 – |
September 6, 1992
|Category 4 super typhoon||240 km/h (150 mph)||920 hPa (27.17 inHg)||Mariana Islands, Guam, Taiwan, China||$561 million||15|
|11 Names||Reference for retired names.||$14.6 billion||7494|
|Vamei||Peipah||December 26, 2001 – |
January 1, 2002
|Tropical storm||85 km/h (50 mph)||1006 hPa (29.71 inHg)||Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia||$3.6 million||5|
|Chataan||Matmo||June 27 – July 13, 2002||Typhoon||175 km/h (110 mph)||930 hPa (27.46 inHg)||Chuuk, Guam, Japan||$660 million||54|
|Rusa||Nuri||August 22 – September 4, 2002||Typhoon||150 km/h (90 mph)||950 hPa (28.05 inHg)||Japan, Korean Peninsula||$4.2 billion||238|
|Pongsona||Noul||December 2 – 12, 2002||Typhoon||165 km/h (105 mph)||940 hPa (27.76 inHg)||Mariana Islands||$730 million||1|
|Yanyan||Dolphin||January 11 – 21, 2003||Tropical storm||65 km/h (40 mph)||1000 hPa (29.53 inHg)||Mariana Islands||None||None|
|Imbudo||Molave||July 15 – 25, 2003||Typhoon||165 km/h (105 mph)||935 hPa (27.61 inHg)||Philippines, China||$340 million||64|
|Maemi||Mujigae||September 4 – 16, 2003||Typhoon||195 km/h (120 mph)||910 hPa (26.87 inHg)||Korean Peninsula||$4.8 billion||117|
|Sudal||Mirinae||April 2 – 18, 2004||Typhoon||165 km/h (105 mph)||940 hPa (27.76 inHg)||Yap, Guam||$14 million||None|
|Tingting||Lionrock||June 24 – July 4, 2004||Typhoon||150 km/h (90 mph)||955 hPa (28.20 inHg)||Mariana Islands, Japan||$23.7 million||12|
|Rananim||Fanapi||August 6 – 15, 2004||Typhoon||150 km/h (90 mph)||950 hPa (28.05 inHg)||China, Japan||$2.44 billion||169|
|Matsa||Pakhar||July 30 – August 9, 2005||Typhoon||150 km/h (90 mph)||950 hPa (28.05 inHg)||China, Taiwan||$2.23 billion||29|
|Nabi||Doksuri||August 29 – September 9, 2005||Typhoon||175 km/h (110 mph)||925 hPa (27.32 inHg)||Mariana Islands, Japan, South Korea||$535 million||32|
|Longwang||Haikui||September 25 – October 3, 2005||Typhoon||175 km/h (110 mph)||930 hPa (27.46 inHg)||Taiwan, China||$971 million||149|| |
|Chanchu||Sanba||May 8 – 19, 2006||Typhoon||175 km/h (110 mph)||930 hPa (27.46 inHg)||Philippines, Taiwan, China, Vietnam||$478 million||268|
|Bilis||Maliksi||July 8 – 16, 2006||Severe tropical storm||110 km/h (70 mph)||970 hPa (28.64 inHg)||Philippines, Taiwan, China||$4.4 billion||859|
|Saomai||Son-Tinh||August 4 – 11, 2006||Typhoon||195 km/h (120 mph)||925 hPa (27.32 inHg)||Mariana Islands, Taiwan, China||$2.5 billion||458|
|Xangsane||Leepi||September 25 – October 2, 2006||Typhoon||155 km/h (100 mph)||925 hPa (27.76 inHg)||Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand||$750 million||312|
|Durian||Mangkhut||November 25 – December 7, 2006||Typhoon||195 km/h (120 mph)||915 hPa (27.02 inHg)||Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand||>$400 million||>1,500|
|Morakot||Atsani||August 2 – 12, 2009||Typhoon||140 km/h (85 mph)||945 hPa (27.90 inHg)||Taiwan, China, Korean Peninsula||$6.2 billion||789|
|Ketsana||Champi||September 23 – 30, 2009||Typhoon||130 km/h (80 mph)||960 hPa (28.35 inHg)||Philippines, Vietnam, Laos|
|Parma||In-fa||September 27 – October 14, 2009||Typhoon||185 km/h (115 mph)||930 hPa (27.46 inHg)||Philippines, China, Vietnam||$617 million||500|
|21 Names||References:||>$33.5 billion||>6,266|
During the past decade, 27 names have had their names retired by the Typhoon Committee. Collectively, these systems killed at least 14080 people and caused at least $93 billion worth of damage. Typhoon Haiyan is currently the strongest and deadliest storm of the decade to have its name retired, while Typhoon Hagibis is currently the costliest storm of the decade to have its name retired.
|Fanapi||Rai||September 14 – 21, 2010||Typhoon||175 km/h (110 mph)||930 hPa (27.46 inHg)||Taiwan, China||$1 billion||105|
|Washi||Hato||December 13 – 19, 2011||Severe tropical storm||95 km/h (60 mph)||992 hPa (29.29 inHg)||Micronesia, Palau, Philippines||$97.8 million||2,546|
|Vicente||Lan||July 18 – 25, 2012||Typhoon||150 km/h (90 mph)||950 hPa (28.05 inHg)||Philippines, China|
Vietnam, Laos, Burma
|Bopha||Ampil||November 25 – December 9, 2012||Typhoon||185 km/h (115 mph)||930 hPa (27.46 inHg)||Micronesia, Philippines||$1.04 billion||1,901|
|Sonamu||Jongdari||January 1 – 10, 2013||Severe tropical storm||95 km/h (60 mph)||990 hPa (29.23 inHg)||Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia||Minimal||2|
|Utor||Barijat||August 8 – 18, 2013||Typhoon||195 km/h (120 mph)||925 hPa (27.32 inHg)||Philippines, China||$3.56 billion||97|
|Fitow||Mun||September 29 – October 7, 2013||Typhoon||140 km/h (85 mph)||960 hPa (28.35 inHg)||China, Taiwan, Japan||$10.4 billion||12|
|Haiyan||Bailu||November 3 – 11, 2013||Typhoon||230 km/h (145 mph)||895 hPa (26.43 inHg)||Palau, Philippines, Vietnam, China||$4.55 billion||8,052|
|Rammasun||Bualoi||July 9 – 20, 2014||Typhoon||165 km/h (105 mph)||935 hPa (27.61 inHg)||Philippines, China, Vietnam||$8.08 billion||222|
|Soudelor||Saudel||July 29 – August 11, 2015||Typhoon||215 km/h (130 mph)||900 hPa (26.58 inHg)||Mariana Islands, Japan, Taiwan, China||$3.84 billion||40|
|Mujigae||Surigae||September 30 – October 5, 2015||Typhoon||155 km/h (100 mph)||950 hPa (28.05 inHg)||Philippines, China||$4.25 billion||29|
|Koppu||Koguma||October 12 – 21, 2015||Typhoon||185 km/h (115 mph)||925 hPa (27.32 inHg)||Philippines||$309 million||62|
|Melor||Cempaka||December 9 – 17, 2015||Typhoon||175 km/h (110 mph)||935 hPa (27.61 inHg)||Philippines||$149 million||51|
|Meranti||Nyatoh||September 9 – 16, 2016||Typhoon||220 km/h (140 mph)||890 hPa (26.28 inHg)||Philippines, Taiwan, China||$4.8 billion||47|
|Sarika||Trases||October 13 – 19, 2016||Typhoon||175 km/h (110 mph)||935 hPa (27.61 inHg)||Philippines, China, Vietnam||$876 million||37|
|Haima||Mulan||October 14 – 22, 2016||Typhoon||215 km/h (130 mph)||900 hPa (26.58 inHg)||Philippines, Taiwan, China||$976 million||19|
|Nock-ten||Hinnamnor||December 20 – 28, 2016||Typhoon||195 km/h (120 mph)||915 hPa (27.02 inHg)||Philippines||$128 million||13|
|Hato||Yamaneko||August 19 – 24, 2017||Typhoon||140 km/h (85 mph)||965 hPa (28.50 inHg)||Philippines, Taiwan, China, Vietnam||$6.82 billion||24|
|Kai-tak||Yun-yeung||December 13 – 23, 2017||Tropical storm||75 km/h (45 mph)||994 hPa (29.35 inHg)||Philippines, Malaysia||$75 million||83|
|Tembin||Koinu||December 20 – 26, 2017||Typhoon||130 km/h (80 mph)||970 hPa (28.64 inHg)||Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam||$42.4 million||266|
|Rumbia||TBA||August 15 – 18, 2018||Tropical storm||85 km/h (50 mph)||985 hPa (29.09 inHg)||Japan, China||$5.36 billion||53|
|Mangkhut||TBA||September 7 – 17, 2018||Typhoon||205 km/h (125 mph)||905 hPa (26.72 inHg)||Guam, Philippines, Taiwan, China||$3.74 billion||134|
|27 Names||References:||$93 billion||14,080|
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