An excellent article over at the Houston Chronicle on the NHC’s recent rush to name storms. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5337583.html
… a controversy is brewing over decisions of the National Hurricane Center to designate several borderline systems as tropical storms.
Some meteorologists, including former hurricane center director Neil Frank, say as many as six of this year’s 14 named tropical systems might have failed in earlier decades to earn “named storm” status.
…such information is vital to scientists trying to determine whether global warming has had a measurable impact on hurricane activity.