Mobile (WALA) – Hurricane season 2014 wraps up at the end of this month. With nothing likely to form, we can go ahead and put the wraps on this season as we head off to eat turkey.
2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season
The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane season started with Arthur. It was the only storm that made landfall in the U.S. It did so on the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a category 1 hurricane.
The second storm was Hurricane Bertha which went through the Caribbean but didn’t reach the U.S.
The third storm was Hurricane Cristobal, which was the deadliest. Two people died in the U.S. due to rip currents, and five people died in the Caribbean from flooding.
The “D” storm was Tropical Storm Dolly. It moved into Central Mexico.
The “E” storm was Edouard, it became a major hurricane, but never went anywhere near land.
Bermuda Hardest Hit
Fay was a minimal hurricane that passed right over Bermuda, and then less than a week later, Gonzalo, a major hurricane struck Bermuda. This became the costliest storm of the year with about $200 million in damage.
The last storm was Tropical Storm Hanna which affected Southern Mexico.
In total there were 8 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 2 major hurricanes. An average year is 12 named, 6 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. This year was a slow year for named storms, but the ones that did form mostly became hurricanes.
How does the 2014 season stack up historically? It’s nowhere near the most active season. That was 2005 when 28 named storms formed and Greek letters had to be used by the end of the season. 2014 ends up in the bottom 5 of seasons with the least activity. The last comparable year would be 1992 when only 7 named storms. Of course one of those storms was named Andrew so it was a deadly year anyway. Still holding the title for the least active season in the satellite era is 1962 when only 5 named storms formed.
In summary 2014 was one of the least active, least costly, and least deadly of hurricane seasons on record.