Quiet hurricane season in Southern New England

This Tuesday, July 1, 2014, satellite image released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows the center of Tropical Storm Arthur off the east coast of Florida. With the July Fourth weekend on the horizon, the Atlantic hurricane season's first named storm plodded off Florida's coast early Wednesday, though Tropical Storm Arthur wasn't yet spooking too many in the storm's potential path. (AP Photo/NOAA)

(WPRI) — The hurricane season is officially over and it was mostly calm this year, especially here in Southern New England.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted that there would be 8-13 named storms; 3-6 hurricanes and 1-2 major storms.

For the 2014 season, the predictions were spot on. There were eight named storms, six hurricanes, and two major storms.

Although, the season’s first storm was the most significant threat to Southern New England.

Hurricane Arthur ruined many Fourth of July barbeques and literally rained on our parades across the region.

New Bedford was hit the hardest with almost eight inches of rain. The flash flood emergency shutdown roadways and turned basements into indoor swimming pools.

A few other storms, including Bertha, passed well off the coastline, but were still able to produce large waves and dangerous rip currents.

The U.S. for the 9th straight year was not hit by a major hurricane. The last Category 3 or higher hurricane to make landfall was Hurricane Wilma in Oct. 2005.

 

 

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