Wait, which hurricane was first to hit the U.S. this year?

Every so often, the Wall Street Journal makes me do a double take.

Today, September 1st, 2010, the Wall Street Journal mentioned on page A7 that Hurricane Earl “could easily veer west in the coming days, becoming the first hurricane to hit the U.S. this season”.

Hoookay then. Sooooo…

WTF was hurricane Alex?

I do remember hurricane Alex coming by to say “howdy” back around July 1st, and it was definitely more “hurricane” than “hurricane-ish”. Does the eye have to pass directly over the continental U.S.’ line of scrimmage to be considered “official”? Did the mega-sized hurricane bands from Alex that were handing out free tornadoes and monsoon-flavored water not count?

Recount!

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