I'm a big fan of time-lapse video. Sometimes it's the only way to watch something  because our quick human perception of time is too quick to catch events that happen over days, weeks, months and years.

NASA and NOAA recently released this absolutely stunning time-lapse video of the 2009 hurricane season. It's really cool to watch the storms come to life and meander around the map before spinning down to die.

NASA combined satellite data with data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to create a video showing all of 2009's 11 tropical depressions, nine of which turned into tropical storms and three of those turned into hurricanes.

The damage wrought this hurricane season will be compounded by the millions of barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf. The weather will disrupt the drilling of the relief well and could drive oil far inland and into places that wouldn't otherwise be hit.

Here's some stories on MNN if you'd like to read more:

Hurricane season combined with Gulf oil spill could wreak havoc

High chance of hurricane in oil-ravaged Gulf of Mexico

Louisiana residents add hurricane fears to oil woes

As hurricane season kicks off, Gulf oil worries grow

A tip of the hat to Matt C. for sending the time-lapse video my way.

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