The peak of the tropical season has passed and so far we've seen six named storms. Only two storms have become hurricanes, Bill and Fred, but neither one has had any significant impact on our area. There has definitely been a decrease in activity this year. There is much speculation as to why but it would appear that El Nino has been a major factor. El Nino, a periodic warming of the Pacific Equatorial waters, tends to cause greater wind shear in the Atlantic. Wind shear tends to rip apart developing tropical systems. It is a bit early to suggest that the season is over but so far it looks good for us. Let's see what it looks like in a few weeks.