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2014 hurricane season ends

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(WSLS 10) - The 2014 hurricane season ended on November 30, 2014. As predicted by forecasters, below average activity was seen this year.

For the hurricane season, which started June 1, 2014, there were eight tropical storms, below the average of 12. Six of those became hurricanes, which is average. Of those, two became major hurricanes with winds over 110 mph. That also is average.

Increased winds in the mid-layers of the atmosphere were the biggest contributor to decreased tropical activity. Other factors include cooler than average water temperatures, stronger sinking motion, and increased atmospheric stability.

Only one storm made landfall in the Atlantic Basin this year. Hurricane Arthur grazed the North Carolina coastline late on July 3, 2014 with winds of around 100 mph. Minimal damage occurred.

Hurricane season returns June 1, 2015.