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2019–20 South Pacific cyclone season (HurricaneLucas4064)
Seasonal boundaries
First system formedNovember 18, 2019
Last system dissipatedApril 5, 2020
Strongest storm
NameTino
 • Maximum winds0 km/h (0 mph)
(10-minute sustained)
 • Lowest pressure0 hPa (mbar)
Seasonal statistics
Total depressions16
Tropical cyclones6
Severe tropical cyclones4
Total fatalitiesTBD
Total damage$0,000 (2020 USD)
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South Pacific tropical cyclone seasons
2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21, 2021–22

The 2019–20 South Pacific cyclone season was the period of the year when most tropical cyclones form within the South Pacific Ocean to the east of 160°E. The season officially ran from November 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020; however, a tropical cyclone could form at any time between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020 and would count towards the season total. During the season, tropical cyclones will be officially monitored by the Fiji Meteorological Service, Australian Bureau of Meteorology, and New Zealand's MetService. The United States Armed Forces through the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) also monitored the basin and issued warnings for American interests. RSMC Nadi attaches a number and an F suffix to tropical disturbances that form in or move into the basin, while the JTWC designates significant tropical cyclones with a number and a P suffix. The FMS, the BoM and MetService all use the Australian Tropical Cyclone Intensity Scale and estimate wind speeds over a period of ten minutes, while the JTWC estimates sustained winds over a 1-minute period, which are subsequently compared to the Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale (SSHWS).

Seasonal Summary

Systems

Tropical Depression 03F

Tropical depression (Australian scale)
Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south 
DurationNovember 1 – November 1
Peak intensity0 km/h (0 mph) (10-min)  0 hPa (mbar)

Severe Tropical Cyclone Rita

Tropical Depression 06F

Tropical Cyclone Sarai

Tropical Depression 08F

Severe Tropical Cyclone Tino

Severe Tropical Cyclone Uesi

Severe Tropical Cyclone Vicky

Tropical Cyclone Wasi

System Names

Within the Southern Pacific a tropical depression is judged to have reached tropical cyclone intensity should it reach winds of 65 km/h, (40 mph) and it is evident that gales are occurring at least halfway around the center. With tropical depressions intensifying into a tropical cyclone between the Equator and 25°S and between 160°E - 120°W named by the FMS. However should a tropical depression intensify to the south of 25°S between 160°E and 120°W it will be named by MetService in conjunction with the FMS. Should a tropical cyclone move into the basin from the Australian region it will retain its original name. The next 10 names on the naming list are listed here below.

  • Rita
  • Sarai
  • Tino
  • Uesi
  • Vicky
  • Wasi
  • Yolanda (unused)
  • Zazu (unused)
  • Ana (unused)
  • Bina (unused)
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