Hurricane Cristobal building strength as it moves north.
Hurricane Cristobal building strength as it moves north.

November 30 marks the official end of the 2014 hurricane season. As predicted the Atlantic hurricane season was relatively mild while the Pacific has its most active in the past two decades!

Eight tropical storms occurred over the six month hurricane season from June 1 to November 30, compared with an average of 13. Of those, six reached hurricane status, and two of them were “major hurricanes,” with destructive winds qualifying them as category three or higher on the five-point Saffir-Simpson scale. Although 2014 was more eventful than 2013, the two years combined represent the calmest period in the Atlantic since 1995.

In the Atlantic, the strongest was Cristobal, which left four people dead in late August when it thrashed the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands and the Dominican Republic with heavy rains causing serious flooding.

That is contrasted to the Pacific where a total of 20 tropical storms were recorded in the Pacific, with fourteen reaching hurricane status, and eight becoming “major hurricanes” during the May 15 to November 30 season.

The most damaging of these was Odile, which killed six people and caused $1 billion in damage on Mexico’s Pacific coast, wreaking havoc in the luxury resort area of Los Cabos.

What about 2015? No word yet from the Hurricane gurus – predictions are set to be released January 15, 2015.

http://phys.org/news/2014-11-busy-pacific-atlantic-hurricane-season.html