Today starts the 2010 Hurricane Season:
It runs until November 30th.
Its 9 named storms were the least since 1997.
Compare that to hyperactive 2005
when 28 names storms came alive in the tropics.
The old metric – drawn with pinpoint precision on the map – was the Russian Roulette Wheel of where the hurricanes made landfall, and at what strength.
This year the metric has undeniably changed:
It’s whether and how close and what happens when the tropical systems – both storms or hurricanes – churn up the waters near the spill of the Deepwater Horizon instead.