While forecasters are watching a pair of potential systems, neither is likely to grow into a tropical storm by the end of today. So far, four storms have gotten names in the Atlantic this year.
In records going back to 1851, Sept. 10 is the day when the odds are greatest there will be at least one tropical storm or hurricane somewhere in the Atlantic.
"The season isn't over and it is not shut down," Bell said by telephone. "While it is weaker than average we already had one hurricane strike North Carolina this year. We need people to stay prepared."
It is also too early to tell if there is a larger shift under way in the Atlantic that could herald in an era of fewer storms, he said.