July is typically a quiet time when it comes to tropical activity. It has bee somewhat of a surprise that two weather systems became tropical storms over the Atlantic Ocean during the past few days. The storms will not impact the United States but it may give us a hint of things to come. Most forecasters believe there will be about 13 to 16 named storms this season, with about 8 of them becoming hurricanes. The forecasters generally feel that although the season will feature fewer storms than last year, we should see more impact on the United States. There were no hurricane hits anywhere in the United States last year. Dr. William Gray and his team of forecasters from Colorado State University will release a new update on the tropical season in early August.