Typically this time of year, the editors at Claims are busy reporting on the latest tropical storm threatening the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic coast, keeping insurers and catastrophe adjusters informed on latest storm trajectories and wind speeds. But ever since a tropical storm formed a few days before the start of the 2009 hurricane season, all has been, well, kind of quiet.

Has the economy finally affected everybody — and everything? Did Mother Nature take a mandated furlough in June and July, content to work on her tan while sipping mojitos on the beaches of Miami? Sure, she might not be making money, but there’s something to be said for some good old rest and relaxation.

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