At the half-way point of the 2009 season it is time to take stock. So far in 2009 we have only seen one hurricane (Bill) and four named tropical storms. At this stage in 2008 we had already seen four hurricanes (Bertha, Dolly, Gustav and Hanna). By this time in record setting 2005, we had witnessed five hurricanes (Cindy, Dennis, Emily, Irene, and Katrina).
Using a different method of putting the 2009 hurricane season in perspective, following is a chart of google searches for the word "hurricane" over the past six years. The chart correlates well with the number and severity of hurricanes.
Chart based on search data from Google.