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Hurricane Arthur Reviewed

July 8, 2014

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Mike Marston


Despite its brief lifespan, the first storm of the season, Hurricane Arthur, created quite a stir up and down the East Coast for the holiday weekend.

Arthur formed off of the East Coast of Florida on June 30 as a Tropical Depression One. The storm formed in favorable conditions, prompting tropical storm watches to be issued for the East Coast of Florida. On July 1, the storm was upgraded to Tropical Storm Arthur, slowly meandering 95 miles southwest of Cape Canaveral, Fla. with 40 mph maximum sustained winds.

Tropical Storm Arthur was upgraded to Hurricane Arthur at 5 am on July 3. It continued to strengthen as it moved northeastward along the Southeast Coast, becoming a category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. At 11:15 p.m. EDT, Hurricane Arthur made landfall between Cape Lookout, N.C. and Beaufort, N.C. with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. Arthur continued to move northeastward and exited the Pamlico Sound near Nags Head, N.C. and moved offshore.

Hurricane Arthur moved northeastward parallel to the Northeast Coast on July 4, bringing locally heavy rains and winds to Cape Cod. In the early morning hours of July 5, Arthur was downgraded to a tropical storm and then to a post-tropical cyclone at 8 a.m. EDT. Post-tropical cyclone Arthur continued to move northeastward and affected Nova Scotia.

The climatological average for the first named storm is around July 9, which puts Arthur a little ahead of normal. The first hurricane in the Atlantic isn't climatologically expected until August 10, so Arthur was also early in this regard.

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