Originally Posted by stringertom
That's because the "pocket" of late October higher water temperature necessary to foster a storm is limited to the Atlantic/Caribbean waters between Cuba and the South American coast...exactly where Sandy formed. That she continued on a path parallel with the Eastern Seaboard is the quirky anomaly...they usually hit land and break up.
As the mean water temperatures continue to rise, continue to expect storms later in the year...that "pocket" will expand as seawater temps rise.
Keep in mind that the hurricane is sucking this heat out of the ocean and turning it onto the USA. It is also churning cooler water from below. This pocket of heat should be mostly erased by the time the storm is done.