TODAY   |  September 08, 2013

Where are all the forecasted hurricanes?

After last year’s unusually active hurricane season, experts said to brace for 2013, saying that strong storms could be expected. However, most of the half-a-dozen storms have fizzled out this season. TODAY’s Dylan Dreyer reports.

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>>> hurricane season which forecasters started talking about how many hurricanes we could expect for this year, we were told to brace ourselves. well, so far we've been bracing. not much is happening and, frankly, no one is complaining. here is dylan with a look at what is going on.

>> reporter: we have storm gabrielle --

>> barry, dorian, gabrielle. never heard of them? that's probably because they never made landfall. just a few of the more than half a dozen storms that have fizzled out this hurricane season .

>> we've had seven named storms but on average we see about six so we're about average on the number of named storms. but what we haven't had in the atlantic is a hurricane.

>> a lot of the water has been whipping its way across us.

>> by this time last year several hurricanes had already swept through. storms like ernesto, gordon and kurt, and who could forget isaac which wreaked havoc along the gulf coast . scientists at the national hurricane center predict this had would be another active year with as many as 11 hurricanes. on average there are about six hurricanes a year. so why are things so calm?

>> it's likely a combination of strong winds and dry air.

>> with half the season left to go and the warm surface temperature on the ocean, experts say we're not out of the woods or water just yet.

>> what we do know is typically our busiest part of the hurricane season is the latter half of the season. so a good reminder for residents not to be complacent.

>> by the way, the latest we've gone without a named hurricane hitting the u.s., september 11 which is, of course, just three days away.

>> could break a record.

>> knock some wood here, we could break a record.