2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Review

2014 Atlantic Storm tracks

2014 Atlantic Storm tracks

Summary:

  • Below average activity with fewest named storms since 1997
  • No effects on Anna Maria Island
  • No landfalls on Florida
  • 1 Gulf of Mexico storm (TS Dolly)
  • 1 US mainland landfall (Arthur)
  • 2 major hurricanes (Cat 3 Edouard and Cat 4 Gonzalo)
  • The US broke a record of 9 years without a major hurricane landfall. The last major hurricane to make US landfall was Wilma (2005). The previous record of eight years was from 1861-1868.
  • Florida broke a record of 9 years without a hurricane impact (since 1851). The previous record of five years was from 1980-1984.
Atlantic Hurricane Season  June 2014 forecast  2014 Actual
Named storms (>35mph)  10  8
Hurricanes (>72mph)  4  6
Major hurricanes (>111mph)  1  2
US landfall likelihood  40%  12%
Gulf Coast landfall  23%  12%

The Named Storms:

Arthur – Hurricane Cat 2, June 30 to July 5. Landfall Outer Banks, North Carolina, with no fatalities and minimal damage.

Bertha – Hurricane Cat 1, August 1-6

Cristobal – Hurricane Cat 1, August 23-29

Dolly – Tropical Storm, September 1-3. Landfall Tampico, Mexico.

Edouard – Hurricane Cat 3, September 11-18.

Fay – Hurricane Cat 1, October 10-13. Minor damage on Bermuda.

Gonzalo – Hurricane Cat 4, October 12-19. Impacts on Windward and Leeward Islands, 4 fatalities and major damage to Bermuda, and storm damage to UK October 21.

Hanna – Tropical Storm, October 22-27. Central America.

Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) index for the Atlantic basin finished at 66, compared to 36 in 2013, but still well below the long-term average of 110.

Compare last year’s  2013 hurricane review .

Pacific Hurricanes:

  •  20 named storms, the most since 1992
  • 15 became hurricane strength
  • 7 reached Cat 4, the most on record
  • Amanda was the strongest May hurricane, and 6th ever, on record
  • Ana was the longest cyclone on record (13 days)

 

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