2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recap

The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season defied predictions
and became one of the quietest Hurricane Seasons on record.

2014 Atlantic Basin Storms

2014 Atlantic Basin Storms

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Name

Formed

Cur.

Max.

Dis.

Name

Formed

Cur.

Max.

Dis.

Name

Formed

Cur.

Max.

Dis.

Arthur

07/01

07/05

Hanna

10/27

10/27

Omar

 

 

Bertha

08/01

08/06

Isaias

 

 

Paulette

 

 

Cristobal

8/24

8/28

Josephine

 

 

Rene

 

 

Dolly

09/01

09/03

Kyle

 

 

Sally

 

 

Edouard

09/12

09/20

Laura

 

 

Teddy

 

 

Fay

10/10

10/13

Marco

 

 

Vicky

 

 

Gonzalo

10/12

10/20

Nana

 

 

Willfred

 

 

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2014 Hurricane Season Timeline


Hurricane Arthur was the strongest hurricane to make landfall on the U.S. mainland in six years. Arthur made landfall in eastern North Carolina late on July 3 with 100-mph winds, the first Category 2 or stronger landfall in the Lower 48 since Hurricane Ike hit Texas in 2008.

Damage from Arthur was remarkably low. According to NOAA's storm database, Arthur did about $2.4 million in damage to North Carolina and another $889,000 in damage due to flooding and severe thunderstorms in Massachusetts, along with a smattering of small-dollar damage in other East Coast states.

Tropical Cyclone Report For Tropical Storm Arthur


Hurricane Bertha was a category one hurricane that caused flooding, mud slides and power outages in the northeastern Caribbean islands when it passed through as a tropical storm. It also caused two rip-current deaths in the United States.

Tropical Cyclone Report For Hurricane Bertha


Hurricane Cristobal was the deadliest storm with 7 deaths, including 2 on the USA's East Coast, 4 on Hispaniola and one death on Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Christobal never actually made a landfall anywhere.

Tropical Cyclone Report For Hurricane Cristobal


Tropical Storm Dolly

Tropical Cyclone Report For Tropical Storm Dolly


Edouard

Tropical Cyclone Report For Major Hurricane Edouard


Hurricane Fay was a short-lived hurricane of non-tropical origin that passed over Bermuda before turning east-northeastward into the north-central Atlantic Ocean. Fay became the first hurricane to make landfall on Bermuda since Emily of 1987.

Tropical Cyclone Report For Hurricane Fay


Major Hurricane Gonzalo

Tropical Cyclone Report For Major Hurricane Gonzalo


Tropical Storm Hanna Hanna had two brief periods as a tropical cyclone and made landfall as a tropical storm near the Nicaragua/Honduras border.

Tropical Cyclone Report For Tropical Storm Hanna


2014 Hurricane Season Highlights

Special Characteristics of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season

  • For the ninth consecutive year, no major hurricanes hit the U.S., marking the first time since records began in 1851 the U.S. has gone that long without a Category 3 or stronger hurricane hitting. The previous record was eight years, set in 1861 - 1868. Wilma of 2005 was the last major hurricane to hit the U.S., and was also the last hurricane to hit Florida.
  • For the ninth consecutive year, Florida went without a hurricane strike. This is Florida's longest hurricane-free stretch since records began in 1851. The previous longest hurricane-free streak in Florida was five years, set in 1980 - 1984.
  • Arthur was the strongest storm (Category 2 at landfall) to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Ike (also Category 2 at landfall) in 2008.
  • Hurricane Gonzalo was the strongest hurricane of the season with 145 mph winds and 940 mb pressure.
  • Hurricane Gonzalo also cause the most damage of any 2014 storm with $200 - $400 million damage in Bermuda.
  • Edouard was the seasons longest-lived named storm at 7.75 days.
  • The total of eight named storms was the fewest since 1997.
  • Vertical wind shear (200-850-mb) during July-September in the Caribbean (10-20°N, 90-60°W) was 11.3 meters per second, which was the strongest since 1986 (11.6 meters per second).
  • More Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) accrued during October (30 units) than during August and September combined (29 units). The last time that this happened was 1963.

The Eastern Pacific Had The Most Active Season (20 Named Storms)
Since 1996 (Record 24 Named Storms)

Records that fell in the Eastern Pacific Basin include - Hurricane Amanda: exploded to high-end Category 4 status in late May. Just two weeks later, Hurricane Cristina, which also formed off the west coast of Mexico, rapidly intensified in mid-June, winding up as a high-end Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Reliable records for this region go back to 1966. There had not been two Category 4 or stronger hurricanes in any season prior to July 1.

Hurricane Amanda became the strongest May hurricane on record for Eastern Pacific basin.

Hurricane Marie was the earliest fifth Category 4 storm in the basin.

Hurricane Odile slammed into the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California on Sept. 14 as a Category 3 storm with 125-mph winds, tying 1967’s Hurricane Olivia as the strongest land falling hurricane on record on the Baja California peninsula. Tourist destinations around Cabo San Lucas were heavily damaged by the storm, with losses estimated at over $1 billion. Five people died in Baja California, and flooding from Odile caused damage and several deaths across northern Mexico and the southwestern U.S.

Eastern Pacific Season Summary
Strongest Storm Amanda
Depressions 23
Named Storms 20
Hurricanes 15
Major Hurricanes 9
Fatalities 42 total
Total damage $1.29 Billion (2014 USD)

2014 Tropical Cyclone Photo of the Year

Super Typhoon Nuri Seen From The International Space Station