Picture a Julia set, in shades of deep blue and green, with stretching, white spiral arms, decorated with fractal Brownian motion, which leaves hazy boundaries between shades of cloud, land, and open ocean:
It might resemble a hurricane. Of course, a relatively simple geometric structure like a fractal has nothing on Mother Nature. You can adjust variables all day, but never get the delicate coastline of Baja California, as a hurricane approaches:
Hurricane John nears Baja, California, moving north-northwest at 8 mph, with sustained winds near 110 mph.
I’ve been keeping up with the latest storm stories thanks to my SciBling, Chris Mooney, who has been detailing the hurricane season on his blog, The Intersection. For more on hurricane John, or Super Typhoon Ioke, now approaching Japan, be sure to check out his site.
So, where is John heading?