There Have Been Three Storms Named Arthur

Tropical Storm Arthur on June 19, 1996, Tropical Storm Arthur on July 14, 2002 , and Hurricane Arthur on July 3, 2014.
Tropical Storm Arthur on June 19, 1996, Tropical Storm Arthur on July 14, 2002 , and Hurricane Arthur on July 3, 2014.
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Hurricane Arthur has been downgraded to a tropical storm after grazing North Carolina Friday, but this isn’t the first time the area has faced a storm named Arthur.

This is the third time an Atlantic cyclone named Arthur has threatened the North Carolina coast, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

So, what’s in a name? Hurricanes are named in order to easily categorize them and report them to the public in a way that is quick and “less subject to error” or confusion with other storms, according to NOAA.

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The names are determined by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization(a United Nations agency), which creates six lists of names for a six-year period that are then rotated. So, the list for 2014 will be used again in 2020.

Arthur was previously used on June 19, 1996 and July 14, 2002.

This week’s hurricane, a category 2, was also the earliest hurricane to make landfall in a season since records began in 1851, according to the National Hurricane Center.