2005--the busiest hurricane season ever--saw the tenth storm of that season, Jose, named on August 22nd. As I write this on August 19th, there are two possible Jose candidates; if either is named in the next three days, 2011 will (obviously) be tied with 2005 in terms of named storms. However, all of 2011's storms to-date have been relative weaklings--and that takes us to my next point:
In 2005, the first seven named storms--Arlene through Irene--accumulated 61.85 ACE units, for a per-storm average of 8.78. By comparison, the first seven storms this year have averaged 1.79 ACE units, for a total of 12.5.
Speaking of per-storm ACE, here's this year's to-date tally ordered by ACE: BRET: 2.9450 ARLENE: 1.9875 EMILY: 1.9875 CINDY: 1.8800 DON: 1.7000 GERT: 1.6025 FRANKLIN: 0.4050 HARVEY: 0.1600
A lot of people have been talking about how odd it is that none of 2011's storms to date have been able to make it to hurricane status. That's definitely remarkable. But of some note is the fact that every tropical depression this year has become a named storm. Over the past 16 seasons, that's only happened six times.