An El Nino, the prolonged cooling of surface waters in the tropical Pacific, is imminent, and usually that would tame Atlantic the tropical storm season.
But not this year, according to forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
So far, the season has produced six named storms, those with winds of 39 m.p.h. or better, despite a dead quiet July, and two hurricanes, with winds of at least 74 m.p.h.
In an update released this morning, they are calling for from seven to 12 more named storms, with 3 to 6 more hurricanes.