1953 Pacific typhoon season

The 1953 Pacific typhoon season has no official bounds; it ran year-round in 1954, but most tropical cyclones tend to form in the northwestern Pacific Ocean between June and December. These dates conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical cyclones form in the northwestern Pacific Ocean.

1953 Pacific typhoon season
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Season summary map
Seasonal boundaries
First system formedFebruary 18, 1953
Last system dissipatedDecember 22, 1953
Strongest storm
 • Maximum winds295 km/h (185 mph)
(1-minute sustained)
 • Lowest pressure885 hPa (mbar)
Seasonal statistics
Total storms24
Super typhoons5 (unofficial)
Total fatalities430
Total damageUnknown
Related articles
Pacific typhoon seasons
1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955

The scope of this article is limited to the Pacific Ocean, north of the equator and west of the international date line. Storms that form east of the date line and north of the equator are called hurricanes; see 1953 Pacific hurricane season. Tropical Storms formed in the entire west Pacific basin were assigned a name by the Fleet Weather Center on Guam.


Typhoon IrmaEdit

Category 3 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationFebruary 18 – February 25
Peak intensity185 km/h (115 mph) (1-min)  980 hPa (mbar)

Typhoon JudyEdit

Category 4 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationMay 28 – June 7
Peak intensity220 km/h (140 mph) (1-min)  940 hPa (mbar)

Typhoon Judy struck the Southern Japanese island of Kyūshū. 37 people were killed and 15 were missing.[1]

Tropical Storm 04WEdit

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationJune 24 – June 26
Peak intensity75 km/h (45 mph) (1-min)  1000 hPa (mbar)

Super Typhoon KitEdit

Category 5 super typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationJune 25 – July 8
Peak intensity280 km/h (175 mph) (1-min)  910 hPa (mbar)

Typhoon LolaEdit

Category 1 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationJuly 23 – August 3
Peak intensity150 km/h (90 mph) (1-min)  970 hPa (mbar)

Typhoon MamieEdit

Category 3 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationJuly 30 – August 8
Peak intensity185 km/h (115 mph) (1-min)  980 hPa (mbar)

Super Typhoon NinaEdit

Category 5 super typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationAugust 8 – August 18
Peak intensity295 km/h (185 mph) (1-min)  885 hPa (mbar)

Nina was a major storm. It made landfall in China as a Category 4 tropical cyclone.

Tropical Storm 09WEdit

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationAugust 9 – August 11
Peak intensity85 km/h (50 mph) (1-min) 

Typhoon OpheliaEdit

Category 3 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationAugust 12 – August 16
Peak intensity185 km/h (115 mph) (1-min)  960 hPa (mbar)

Typhoon PhyllisEdit

Category 1 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationAugust 15 – August 22
Peak intensity140 km/h (85 mph) (1-min)  975 hPa (mbar)

Typhoon RitaEdit

Category 4 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationAugust 23 – September 2
Peak intensity230 km/h (145 mph) (1-min)  940 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Storm 13WEdit

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationAugust 26 – August 29
Peak intensity100 km/h (65 mph) (1-min)  995 hPa (mbar)

Typhoon SusanEdit

Category 3 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationSeptember 15 – September 20
Peak intensity205 km/h (125 mph) (1-min)  970 hPa (mbar)

Susan hit Hong Kong.[2]

Super Typhoon TessEdit

Category 5 super typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationSeptember 17 – September 27
Peak intensity280 km/h (175 mph) (1-min)  900 hPa (mbar)

Typhoon Tess struck the Central Honshū Island in Japan. 393 people were killed and 85 were missing.[3]

Tropical Storm 16WEdit

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationSeptember 25 – September 28
Peak intensity75 km/h (45 mph) (1-min)  1000 hPa (mbar)

JMA Tropical Storm 15Edit

Tropical storm (JMA)
DurationOctober 1 – October 3
Peak intensityWinds not specified  999 hPa (mbar)

Typhoon ViolaEdit

Category 3 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationOctober 3 – October 8
Peak intensity185 km/h (115 mph) (1-min)  965 hPa (mbar)

Typhoon WinnieEdit

Category 1 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationOctober 6 – October 9
Peak intensity120 km/h (75 mph) (1-min)  990 hPa (mbar)

Typhoon AliceEdit

Category 3 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationOctober 11 – October 23
Peak intensity185 km/h (115 mph) (1-min)  915 hPa (mbar)

Super Typhoon BettyEdit

Category 4 super typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationOctober 25 – November 2
Peak intensity240 km/h (150 mph) (1-min)  965 hPa (mbar)

Typhoon CoraEdit

Category 4 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationNovember 8 – November 20
Peak intensity220 km/h (140 mph) (1-min)  960 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Storm 22WEdit

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationNovember 25 – November 29
Peak intensity75 km/h (45 mph) (1-min)  1000 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Storm 23WEdit

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationNovember 28 – December 3
Peak intensity75 km/h (45 mph) (1-min)  1000 hPa (mbar)

Super Typhoon DorisEdit

Category 5 super typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationDecember 9 – December 22
Peak intensity280 km/h (175 mph) (1-min)  935 hPa (mbar)

A rare late-season Super Typhoon. Did not affect land.

The Lost Hurricane Hunters 3: December 15, 1953

The third typhoon hunter mission lost occurred on December 16, 1953, during a penetration by a Navy PB4Y-2S (Bu No 59176) into Typhoon Doris. The aircraft was part of a six plane squadron, VJ-1/VW-3, COMFAIRGUAM, based at the Naval Air Station in Agana, Guam (VJ-1 was formed in 1952 at NAS Sand Point, Seattle, Washington, and the name later changed to VW-3). The PB4Y-2S aircraft made its initial penetration into Doris' eye at 200–300 feet. As the aircraft radioed back a report at 2245Z, the transmission suddenly ceased. The plane was never heard from again. At the time, Doris was a Category 2 typhoon with sustained winds of 95 knots (110 mph). Again, given the low penetration altitude of the aircraft, it is likely that a downdraft carried the plane into the sea. It's pretty common to get downdrafts that will cause a 300-foot loss of altitude, despite the attempts of the pilot to climb with full power to the engines.

A nine-day long search and rescue operation failed to find any trace of the missing aircraft. Tragically, two aircraft involved in the search and rescue mission crashed, killing 39 more people. The first of these planes was a R4D (DC 3) that crashed into the crater of Agrihan Island, Mariannas, killing all ten crew members. This aircraft was not from the NAS Agana, Guam group. In addition, a B-29 based at Anderson AFB had an engine fail while looking for the missing typhoon hunter aircraft, and crashed during landing into an officer's housing area on Guam. A total of 29 people died in the crash, including at least 11 of the 16 crew members on the aircraft.

The nine crewmen lost during the flight into Typhoon Doris were:

Pilot J. W. Newhall age 39

Co-pilot S. B. Marsden, age 29

Lt. Cmdr. D. Zimmerman Jr., age 35

Ltjg. F. Troescher Jr., age 26

AL1 F. R. Barnett, age 26

AD1 J. N. Clark, age 32

AD3 E. L. Myer, age 20

AL2 N. J. Stephens, age 23

AO3 A. J. Stott, age 23


Storm namesEdit

  • Irma
  • Judy
  • Kit
  • Lola
  • Mamie
  • Nina
  • Ophelia
  • Phyllis
  • Rita
  • Susan
  • Tess
  • Viola
  • Winnie
  • Alice
  • Betty
  • Cora
  • Doris

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Digital Typhoon: Disaster Information
  2. ^ "Significant storm surge events in Hong Kong before 1953". www.hko.gov.hk. Retrieved 2020-08-11.
  3. ^ "Digital Typhoon: Typhoon 195313 (TESS) - Disaster Information". agora.ex.nii.ac.jp. Retrieved 2020-08-30.