HURRICANE SEASON OFF TO A STUMBLING START

For what was predicted to be an active Atlantic hurricane season, 2011 so far has been stumbling along like a drunken sailor.

To be sure, we’ve had five named systems, but they’ve been pretty flabby specimens. And you’ve gotta think that behind the scenes at The Weather Channel there’s some gnashing of teeth and rending of garments.

I know. I’ve been there. It’s not that the channel dwellers wish ill on anyone. They don’t. Quite the contrary, they’re there to warn and calm. It’s just a fact of life that big storms are the network’s big draw.