This is the first season in 11 years not to have produced a landfalling hurricane by the end of August. However, September is usually the busiest month, with a historical average of 2.1 hurricanes.

At this time last year, the industry was estimating losses from Hurricane Isaac, yet the 2013 hurricane season has so far seen seven tropical storms — none have reached hurricane strength. Sea surface temperatures are warmer in September, so if the current wind shear settles, a significant hurricane could still occur.

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