This year's Atlantic hurricane season has been relatively quiet, but Tropical Storm Karen is poised to become the first named storm to hit the U.S.
Surprisingly, the National Hurricane Center does not control the naming of tropical storms each season. Instead, a procedure has been established by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization.
The Atlantic is assigned six lists of names, with one list used each year. Every seventh year, the first list begins again.
The only exception is if a storm is so deadly or costly that any future use could be seen as inappropriate. If that occurs, the offending name is stricken from the list and another is selected to replace it at an annual meeting by the naming committee.
From Andrea to Wendy, check out the storm names for the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially began June 1: