El Nino is thought to have played a major roll in the slow season, as the El Nino influence during the summer contributed an increase in wind shear across the Caribbean Sea and western Tropical Atlantic.
The quantity of storms was low, but there were certainly some excellent swell generators this year. The biggest, and certainly most hyped was Hurricane Bill. Bill, who reached category 4 status, took the ideal East Coast path, staying hundreds of miles offshore, and cranked out big ground swells from the Caribbean Islands to Nova Scotia.
Later in August, Tropical Storm Danny emerged off the Eastern Florida coastline and skirted right up the Mid Atlantic. Danny, while much smaller and weaker than Bill, was very close to the coast and provided a very healthy dose of S swells and more importantly offshore swinging behind the system as Danny exited off to the Northeast.
The season certainly ended off with a bang with Hurricane Ida. Ida, barged into the Florida Panhandle, and then fueled a mega nor'easter system that pumped swells from Florida to Maine and XL energy toward the Mid Atlantic and Southern New England regions.
To see all the activity in 2009, visit the Tropical archive section of the Swellinfo Hurricane Center.
There is only 182 days left until Hurricane Season 2010.