The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a list of 21 hurricanes and storms, but near-normal or below normal activity has been predicted for the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.
The names are Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna, Isaias, Josephine, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky and Wilfred.
Officials expect eight to 13 named tropical storms and three to six hurricanes to form.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration top hurricane season forecaster Dr. Gerry Bell said the June 1 to November 20 season will be less active as other years because of the development of an El Nino this year.
“El Nino helps to reduce the ability of storm systems coming off Africa to strengthen into tropical storms and hurricanes,” he said.
The El Nino, which warms part of the Pacific every few years and changes rain and temperature patterns around the world, will likely reduce the number and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes.
Cooler temperatures on the surface of the Atlantic Ocean compared with recent years will also lower the probability of hurricane formation, according to the National Hurricane Centre.