So far, 14 named storms have formed during the 2011 season.

So far, 14 named storms have formed during the 2011 season. (Weather Underground)

Saturday marks the peak of the hurricane season, which historically falls on Sept. 10.

It’s pretty much living up to the billing.

As of Friday, two tropical systems were swirling in the Atlantic and one in the Gulf of Mexico.

What makes the peak of this season interesting is that we’ve seen 14 named storms so far, meaning, potentially, we could see another 12 to 14 develop.


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If so, 2011 either would tie 2005 - when 28 storms formed - as the busiest season on record or come in a close second. We’d have to break out the Greek alphabet again.

Interestingly, many of this year’s storms have been short-lived or weak, among them Cindy, Franklin, Gert and Jose. Many remained at sea.

Also interestingly, despite all those storms, as of Friday, only two hurricanes had formed in Irene and Katia. While Irene did strike North Carolina and drench the Northeast, Florida so far has been spared.

Something to keep in mind: For South Florida, Sept. 21 is the median date for hurricane activity. Since 1860, half of the region's landfalling hurricanes struck before that date and half after.

Specifically, in the past 151 years, 41 hurricanes have hit South Florida; 20 struck before Sept. 21 and 21 after.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all of Florida - by far the most hurricane battered state in the nation - were to go a record six seasons without a strike?

It's certainly possible, but we have another half a season to go.