Below is a color-coded chronology of this year's 19 named storms.
|Timeline of 2011 Hurricane Season|
Six years ago (2005) was a season we'd soon like to forget.
On the other hand it's hard to recall the exact name and place of all 28 named storms which, when they were all said and done, was the most active hurricane season ever.
|Timeline of 2005 Hurricane Season|
Then in 2009 an El Niño barely gave us anything to remember.
Only one storm — Bill — even made it to Category 4.
|Timeline of 2009 Hurricane Season|
Of course all it takes is one to leave an indelible memory in anyone's mind.
For me and a lot of others, that would be Wilma (see 2005).