Chaotic Utopia

Friday Fractal XVII

i-44cc7022a9400e91b3de52a3c0fd9b97-hgfwhole.jpgPicture 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?


For more information on Hurricane John, or for the source of the images used above, please visit the NOAA. All fractals made by the author using ChaosPro.


  1. #1 Matt
    September 1, 2006

    Beautiful pictures – that butterfly flapping its wings in China sure caused a big storm!

  2. #2 Karmen
    September 1, 2006

    It is possible that the butterfly in question was frolicking with another at the time. You know those butterfly sluts.

  3. #3 Drew
    September 3, 2006

    Great match! I have always thought of fractals as representing nature if nature were perfect.

    Also, it seems to go the other way: by taking more factors into consideration, Chaos might be a good system to determine what will happen next.

  4. #4 Karmen
    September 7, 2006

    It is better to foresee without certainty than not to foresee at all.
    –Henri Poincare

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    October 4, 2008

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