Hurricane and tornado activity in 2013 has been flirting with record low levels, while heat waves are fewer and milder than last year.
Meteorologists credit a combination of luck, shifts in the high-altitude jet stream, and African winds and dust.
So far, there have been eight tropical storms. Not one has developed into a hurricane, though Tropical Storm Humberto — way out in the Atlantic off Africa — is likely to become one soon.
If Humberto stays a tropical storm through Wednesday morning, 2013 will set the record for latest first hurricane of a season.