Watch the entire (surprisingly active) 2010 hurricane season in under five minutes.
Believe it or not, the 2010 hurricane season was actually a doozy. There may not have been that many big, newsworthy storms that struck land, but 2010 tied for the third most active hurricane season in recorded history, and it was little more than a fluke that there wasn't more damage or threat on land.
Take a look at Climate Central's handy scorecard:
Better yet, watch the entire hurricane season in this amazing NOAA Visualizations video. (The remarkable Danielle, Earn, Fiona triple threat starts around 2:10; massive super-storm Igor—remember Igor?—introduces himself at about 2:40).
According to the NOAA Visualizations team:
The 2010 Hurricane Season tied with 1887 and 1995 having the third highest storm count on record with 19 named storms. But short-term weather patterns dictate where storms actually travel and in many cases this season, that was away from the United States. The jet stream's position contributed to warm and dry conditions in the eastern U.S. and acted as a barrier that kept many storms over open water. Also, because many storms formed in the extreme eastern Atlantic, they re-curved back out to sea without threatening land.\n
Andrew Freedman adds on Climate Central, that "You can actually see how storm after storm was kicked out of bounds into the open Atlantic, or confined to the southern Caribbean Sea."