TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season has ended marking another year without any major storms hitting the Eastern United States.
“The season was fairly quiet as we predicted,” Gerry Bell, the lead hurricane season forecaster at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, told Live Science.
It’s been nine years since a Category 3 hurricane or stronger has hit the eastern U.S. coastline breaking a record, Live Science reported. The country has never recorded a nine-year period without a hurricane touching the coastline.
The prior record was from 1861 to 1868, during the Civil War, according to the Colorado State University climatologists.
Hurricane Wilma in 2005 was the last hurricane on record and when Sandy hit the northeast in 2012, it was not categorized as a hurricane.
“What really suppressed the season was the strong wind shear and atmospheric instability across the Atlantic,” Bell told Live Science.
However, over the past 20 years the tropical storm activity for the eastern Pacific Ocean has been busier. Since May 15, fourteen hurricanes and six tropical storms have formed, including Hurricane Amanda which was a Category 4 storm and the strongest May hurricane ever recorded in the East Pacific.
The National Hurricane Center reported that the Atlantic produced only eight named tropical storms this year, which is the fewest since 1997. Two of those storms became major hurricanes and six strengthened into hurricanes. Colorado State cited that the overall storm activity was 75 percent of the seasonal average between 1981 and 2010.
This season Hurricane Arthur was the only storm to make landfall in the United States. It hit coastal North Carolina on July 4 with Category 2 winds of about 100 miles per hour. That hurricane caused roughly $21 million in damage.
The hurricane season ended on Nov. 30 for the Atlantic and NOAA is expected to announce its first seasonal forecast for 2015 by next May.