Hurricane Earl


Hurricane Earl

Hurricane Earl's planned path

Seen above is Hurricane Earl, early in its path on Wednesday, September 1, 2010.  The image shows the path which meteorologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted.  It depicts chaos, following that it is not accurately predictable, sensitive to initial conditions, and deterministic.

News 14 Carolina has similar information in a video at the link below:

http://charlotte.news14.com/content/top_stories/629808/hurricane-earl-maintains-category-4-strength

From this information, it is clear that the hurricane would stay within certain bounds, not being extreme or random.  Sensitivity to initial conditions is demonstrated from the shape of its planned path, being able to vary very little shortly after the storm’s information was recorded.  A wide range of possibilities was open for the hurricane in the time periods farther away, which depended on other weather conditions in the Atlantic.  With the number of variables involved (but not depicted) in determining the path of hurricanes, it is safe to say that hurricanes are chaotic in nature.

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