1969 Pacific typhoon season

The 1969 Pacific typhoon season was the fourth least-active season on record.[1] The season had no official bounds; it ran year-round in 1969, 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.

1969 Pacific typhoon season
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Season summary map
Seasonal boundaries
First system formedJanuary 16, 1969
Last system dissipatedDecember 21, 1969
Strongest storm
 • Maximum winds280 km/h (175 mph)
(1-minute sustained)
 • Lowest pressure895 hPa (mbar)
Seasonal statistics
Total depressions34
Total storms23
Super typhoons2 (unofficial)
Total fatalities1,177
Total damageUnknown
Related articles
Pacific typhoon seasons
1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971

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 1969 Pacific hurricane season. Tropical Storms formed in the entire west pacific basin were assigned a name by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Tropical depressions in this basin have the "W" suffix added to their number. Tropical depressions that enter or form in the Philippine area of responsibility are assigned a name by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration or PAGASA. This can often result in the same storm having two names.


34 tropical depressions formed this year in the Western Pacific, of which 23 became tropical storms. 13 storms reached typhoon intensity, of which 2 reached super typhoon strength.

Typhoon PhyllisEdit

Typhoon (JMA)
Category 2 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationJanuary 16 – January 24
Peak intensity155 km/h (100 mph) (1-min)  965 hPa (mbar)

CMA Tropical Depression 02Edit

Tropical depression (CMA)
DurationFebruary 21 – February 23
Peak intensity55 km/h (35 mph) (10-min)  998 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Storm RitaEdit

Tropical storm (JMA)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationMarch 6 – March 9
Peak intensity75 km/h (45 mph) (1-min)  995 hPa (mbar)

Typhoon Susan (Atring)Edit

Typhoon (JMA)
Category 3 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationApril 15 – April 26
Peak intensity195 km/h (120 mph) (1-min)  940 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Depression BiningEdit

Tropical depression (PAGASA)
DurationMay 3 – May 5
Peak intensity55 km/h (35 mph) (10-min) 

Typhoon Tess (Kuring)Edit

Typhoon (JMA)
Category 1 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationJuly 6 – July 12
Peak intensity130 km/h (80 mph) (1-min)  970 hPa (mbar)

CMA Tropical Depression 06Edit

Tropical depression (CMA)
DurationJuly 15 – July 15
Peak intensity45 km/h (25 mph) (10-min)  1004 hPa (mbar)

Super Typhoon Viola (Elang)Edit

Typhoon (JMA)
Category 4 super typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationJuly 20 – July 30
Peak intensity240 km/h (150 mph) (1-min)  900 hPa (mbar)

Large Super Typhoon Viola, which formed on July 22 east of the Philippines, brushed northern Luzon with winds of 150 mph on the 26th. It continued to the northwest, and weakened due to lack of inflow. Viola hit southeastern China as a minimal typhoon on the 28th, and dissipated the next day. The typhoon caused more than 1000 deaths in and around Shantou, Guangdong, China, where it made the landfall.

Tropical Depression DalingEdit

Tropical depression (PAGASA)
DurationJuly 22 – July 25
Peak intensity55 km/h (35 mph) (10-min)  998 hPa (mbar)

Severe Tropical Storm Winnie (Goring)Edit

Severe tropical storm (JMA)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationJuly 26 – August 2
Peak intensity95 km/h (60 mph) (1-min)  988 hPa (mbar)

Severe Tropical Storm AliceEdit

Severe tropical storm (JMA)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationAugust 1 – August 5
Peak intensity85 km/h (50 mph) (1-min)  985 hPa (mbar)

Typhoon Betty (Huling)Edit

Typhoon (JMA)
Category 1 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationAugust 4 – August 10
Peak intensity130 km/h (80 mph) (1-min)  960 hPa (mbar)

Typhoon Cora (Ibiang)Edit

Typhoon (JMA)
Category 2 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationAugust 12 – August 23
Peak intensity155 km/h (100 mph) (1-min)  935 hPa (mbar)

Typhoon DorisEdit

Typhoon (JMA)
Category 1 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationAugust 29 – September 3
Peak intensity120 km/h (75 mph) (1-min)  975 hPa (mbar)

CMA Tropical Depression 15Edit

Tropical depression (CMA)
DurationSeptember 4 – September 6
Peak intensity55 km/h (35 mph) (10-min)  1004 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Storm LumingEdit

Tropical storm (PAGASA)
DurationSeptember 5 – September 8
Peak intensity65 km/h (40 mph) (10-min)  998 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Depression 11W (Milling)Edit

Severe tropical storm (CMA)
Tropical depression (SSHWS)
DurationSeptember 7 – September 13
Peak intensity90 km/h (55 mph) (10-min)  990 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Depression 12WEdit

Tropical depression (CMA)
Tropical depression (SSHWS)
DurationSeptember 8 – September 10
Peak intensity55 km/h (35 mph) (10-min)  996 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Depression 13WEdit

Tropical storm (CMA)
Tropical depression (SSHWS)
DurationSeptember 10 – September 14
Peak intensity70 km/h (45 mph) (10-min)  992 hPa (mbar)

CMA Tropical Depression 19Edit

Tropical depression (CMA)
DurationSeptember 14 – September 17
Peak intensity55 km/h (35 mph) (10-min)  1004 hPa (mbar)

Super Typhoon Elsie (Narsing)Edit

Typhoon (JMA)
Category 5 super typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationSeptember 16 – September 28
Peak intensity280 km/h (175 mph) (1-min)  895 hPa (mbar)

On September 19, Tropical Depression 14W formed over the open Western Pacific. It tracked almost due westward, becoming a tropical storm on the 20th and a typhoon on the 21st. Elsie continued to intensify, and reached a peak of 175 mph winds on the 24th. After peaking, the typhoon steadily weakened as it moved westward. On the 26th 105 mph Typhoon Elsie hit northern Taiwan, and a day later hit eastern China. After drifting northward, Elsie dissipated over China on September 28. The typhoon killed 102 people, with 24 missing and 227 injured from the system.

CMA Tropical Depression 21Edit

Tropical depression (CMA)
DurationSeptember 18 – September 19
Peak intensity55 km/h (35 mph) (10-min)  998 hPa (mbar)

Typhoon Flossie (Openg)Edit

Typhoon (JMA)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationSeptember 27 – October 9
Peak intensity110 km/h (70 mph) (1-min)  960 hPa (mbar)

Just days after Elsie hit Taiwan, Tropical Storm Flossie approached Taiwan. From October 1 to the 5th, it drifted northward offshore of the island. It accelerated to the northeast, and became extratropical on the 10th east of Japan. Flossie's heavy rains left 75 people dead.

Typhoon GraceEdit

Typhoon (JMA)
Category 2 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationSeptember 28 – October 8
Peak intensity175 km/h (110 mph) (1-min)  940 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Depression 17WEdit

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
DurationSeptember 30 – October 1
Peak intensity55 km/h (35 mph) (1-min)  997 hPa (mbar)

CMA Tropical Depression 24Edit

Tropical depression (CMA)
DurationOctober 4 – October 4
Peak intensity55 km/h (35 mph) (10-min)  1004 hPa (mbar)

Typhoon HelenEdit

Typhoon (JMA)
Category 3 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationOctober 5 – October 13
Peak intensity195 km/h (120 mph) (1-min)  930 hPa (mbar)

Typhoon IdaEdit

Typhoon (JMA)
Category 4 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationOctober 14 – October 24
Peak intensity215 km/h (130 mph) (1-min)  915 hPa (mbar)

Typhoon June (Pining)Edit

Typhoon (JMA)
Category 3 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationOctober 26 – November 5
Peak intensity195 km/h (120 mph) (1-min)  940 hPa (mbar)

Typhoon Kathy (Rubing)Edit

Typhoon (JMA)
Category 3 typhoon (SSHWS)
DurationNovember 2 – November 9
Peak intensity205 km/h (125 mph) (1-min)  925 hPa (mbar)

CMA Severe Tropical Storm 29Edit

Severe tropical storm (CMA)
DurationNovember 21 – November 26
Peak intensity90 km/h (55 mph) (10-min)  1002 hPa (mbar)

Severe Tropical Storm Lorna (Saling)Edit

Severe tropical storm (JMA)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationNovember 23 – November 30
Peak intensity95 km/h (60 mph) (1-min)  985 hPa (mbar)

CMA Tropical Depression 31Edit

Tropical depression (CMA)
DurationDecember 2 – December 3
Peak intensity55 km/h (35 mph) (10-min)  1004 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Storm MarieEdit

Tropical storm (JMA)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationDecember 18 – December 21
Peak intensity95 km/h (60 mph) (1-min)  995 hPa (mbar)

Storm namesEdit


Western North Pacific tropical cyclones were named by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. The first storm of 1969 was named Phyllis and the final one was named Marie.

  • Agnes
  • Bonnie
  • Carmen
  • Della
  • Elaine
  • Faye
  • Gloria
  • Hester
  • Irma
  • Judy
  • Kit
  • Lola
  • Mamie
  • Nina
  • Ora
  • Phyllis 1W
  • Rita 2W
  • Susan 3W
  • Tess 4W
  • Viola 5W
  • Winnie 6W
  • Alice 7W
  • Betty 8W
  • Cora 9W
  • Doris 10W
  • Elsie 14W
  • Flossie 15W
  • Grace 16W
  • Helen 18W
  • Ida 19W
  • June 20W
  • Kathy 21W
  • Lorna 22W
  • Marie 23W
  • Nancy
  • Olga
  • Pamela
  • Ruby
  • Sally
  • Therese
  • Violet
  • Wilda
  • Anita
  • Billie
  • Clara
  • Dot
  • Ellen
  • Fran
  • Georgia
  • Hope
  • Iris
  • Joan
  • Kate
  • Louise
  • Marge
  • Nora
  • Opal
  • Patsy
  • Ruth
  • Sarah
  • Thelma
  • Vera
  • Wanda
  • Amy
  • Babe
  • Carla
  • Dinah
  • Emma
  • Freda
  • Gilda
  • Harriet
  • Ivy
  • Jean
  • Kim
  • Lucy
  • Mary
  • Nadine
  • Olive
  • Polly
  • Rose
  • Shirley
  • Trix
  • Virginia
  • Wendy


Atring Bining Kuring Daling Elang
Goring Huling Ibiang Luming Miling
Narsing Openg Pining Rubing Saling
Tasing (unused) Unding (unused) Walding (unused) Yeyeng (unused)
Auxiliary list
Anding (unused)
Binang (unused) Kadiang (unused) Dinang (unused) Epang (unused) Gundang (unused)

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration uses its own naming scheme for tropical cyclones in their area of responsibility. PAGASA assigns names to tropical depressions that form within their area of responsibility and any tropical cyclone that might move into their area of responsibility. Should the list of names for a given year prove to be insufficient, names are taken from an auxiliary list, the first 6 of which are published each year before the season starts. Names not retired from this list will be used again in the 1973 season. This is the same list used for the 1965 season. PAGASA uses its own naming scheme that starts in the Filipino alphabet, with names of Filipino female names ending with "ng" (A, B, K, D, etc.). Names that were not assigned/going to use are marked in gray.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hirotaka Kamahori (March 2012). The Inactive Typhoon Season of 2010 (PDF) (Report). Japan Meteorological Agency. Retrieved 2012-04-20.

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