The number of forecast tropical cyclone landfalls across East Asia varies significantly, with below-normal figures forecast for Japan and Korea
The number of tropical cyclones forecast to form between 1 April and 30 September is expected to be above normal, according to a briefing by Guy Carpenter.
Near- to above-normal activity is consistent with the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) neutral conditions which follow a weak to moderate La Niña year, it explains in a briefing.
However, on a region-by-region basis, the number of forecast tropical cyclone landfalls across East Asia varies significantly, with below-normal figures forecast for Japan and Korea, above normal for East China, South China, Taiwan and Vietnam, and near normal for the Philippines.
*This region shows a systematic low bias compared to the Regional Specialized Meteorological Center (RSMC) Tokyo historical data.
Note that tropical cyclones pass through multiple regions. As a result, in this table a single event can be counted several times as it makes landfall in different territories. When compiling the landfall figure of 9.9, each cyclone is counted as a single event.
Other key findings include:
- The number of tropical cyclone formations predicted for the six-month period from 1 April to 30 September is approximately 19.5. This is an increase of approximately 44 percent compared to the 1980-2020 six-month average of 13.5.
- Of the predicted formations, fewer than 9.9 are expected to make landfall, which is marginally below the 1980-2020 average of approximately 10.8.
Commenting on the findings, Jeremy Waite, Asia Pacific Catastrophe Advisory group lead, Guy Carpenter, said: “The predictions suggest that the region will experience a very active tropical cyclone season.
“However, the number of storms forecast to make landfall is expected to be slightly below the long-term average, although the exact location of these landfalls remains uncertain.”
The briefing is produced by Guy Carpenter in partnership with the Guy Carpenter Asia-Pacific Climate Impact Centre (GCACIC) at the School of Energy and Environment in the City University of Hong Kong. The forecasts for tropical cyclone formations and landfalls are generated using an East Asia climate model.