Originally Posted by Dave
Atlantic hurricanes begin as a disturbance off of Africa's west coast.
This is along the equator, which is also the tropics.
There was nothing special about this hurricane. Other than geography.
"Begin as a disturbance..." Well, geez, I guess then you could back it up further and say that hurricanes begin in the middle of the Saraha where the hot desert winds start stirring things up.
Most do not achieve storm, let alone hurricane status until 1000s of miles later, and that can and does happen far away from 'the tropics.'
There was a least two things special about this hurricane. One is that it maintained it hurricane status all the way up to the New York area. Those are infrequent, but certainly not unprecedented. The other, and much, much rarer aspect, is that it made it that far north in the last days of October.