A 1997 hurricane season?

Last week, NBC/MSNBC meteorologist Bill Karins posted a trivia tweet noting that the last time we had an August with no named tropical storms was 1997! Now that our models can actually get to the end of the month, it’s worth noting that we may, indeed, get to September before a named tropical storm or hurricane shows up in the Atlantic basin. Saying that, the National Hurricane Center slapped a 20% chance for development on a spot in the Atlantic: