The first hurricane of the 2014 season is now behind us.
Arthur has moved north and what's left of it is approaching Greenland.
This weekend's storm was the sixth storm named Arthur since that name went into rotation in 1984. All of the previous Arthurs only reached tropical storm status, while this year's made it to a category 2 after some fast growth and intensification.
While this year's Arthur may look impressive when compared to other Arthurs in history, it's right about average when compared to any other tropical system whose name begins with "A."
Since the National Hurricane Center began naming tropical systems in 1954, most of the first-named storms of the season have only reached tropical storm status. About a fifth of them reached minimal hurricane status, and less than ten have become a major hurricane (category 3, 4, or 5).
While it's rare for storms that begin with the letter "A" to reach major hurricane status, it's almost guaranteed their name will be retired. Six names beginning with "A" are retired, and every category 5 (Anita, 1977; Allen, 1980; Andrew, 1992) is retired.
Since Arthur only brushed against land over the holiday weekend, it did minimal damage. This means the name won't be retired, and we'll see a seventh storm named Arthur in 2020.
In the short-term, we're looking to the Atlantic and the Gulf for the next storm, Bertha.
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