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Fuck you, Hurricane Irma!

Fuck you, Hurricane Irma!

Hurricane Irma, Chaos Theory and ‘Strange Attractors’

While hunkering down in a Miami condo during the ‘great cyclone of 2017’, we ponder the weather outside and butterflies in far off places.

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With winds reaching 185 miles (300km) per hour, Hurricane Irma — one of the four strongest Atlantic storms ever — slammed into Miami this morning, causing a sinister storm surge in countless neighborhoods, and engulfing vast portions of the downtown area and nearby Wynwood and the Art District. Forecasting models predict that Irma will now veer towards north Florida and Georgia, which have not been hit by a major hurricane in a long while, and local officials have issued a mandatory evacuation order for basically the entire region. Two other hurricanes, Katia and Jose, have formed in the region and are fast on the heels of hurricane Irma. So far, VIVISXN’s new nest on South Beach has been spared. Phewww.

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hurricane Irma — one of the four strongest Atlantic storms ever — slammed into Miami this morning, causing chaos and destruction for everyone in Florida - Thoughts on “CHAOS THEORY” and fucked up weather systems. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | Art + Culture + News at VIVISXN MAG | Art | Fashion | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | Art + Culture + News at VIVISXN MAG | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | Hurricane Irma — one of the four strongest Atlantic storms ever — slammed into Miami this morning, causing chaos and destruction for everyone in Florida.

Hurricanes are beautifully organized systems of destruction. Part of a family of storms called tropical cyclones, they can pack a powerful one-two punch (with wind and water) and fuck you up in a flash. While some mystery surrounds the exact origins of hurricanes (VIVISXN is fond of “chaos and complexity theory” to explain weird weather anomalies), tropical disturbances and perturbations such as clusters of thunderstorms come together, amplifying the process by generating a column of rising air (convection currents) in a zone of low pressure. Pushed by the trade winds, the disturbances become a spinning mass of thunder clouds and micro tornadoes, gathering strength as warm moist air sweeps into a low pressure void. Due to the earth’s coriolis effect, the cloud mass always rotates counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere. As wind speeds exceed 74 miles per hour, a hurricane is spawned. It looks gorgeous in the form of a heat map/radar (below) and from outer space. But at ground level it is loathsome. 

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But can a butterfly in some far off place really cause a hurricane in Florida? According to chaos theory, the answer is yes. The idea is fairly simple. Tiny disruptions or changes in “initial conditions” can magnify over time and space. What might seem like an inconsequential change in wind, sunlight, moisture or temperature can ultimately change the course, direction and intensity of weather systems thousands of miles away.

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A butterfly flaps its wings in one place, and causes a hurricane halfway around the globe. The story has become a kind of pop culture artifact, like a quasi-scientific urban legend or mythos. Back in the day, MIT meteorology professor Edward Lorenz was crunching some numbers and simulating weather patterns. Running the numbers again and again, he rounded off figures from six decimal places to three decimal places, figuring there wouldn’t be much change. To his great surprise, those few fractions of a fraction changed the simulation completely, showing that “a small change in one state of a complex system can result in dramatically large differences in a later state.”

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The incident led Lorenz to a profound mathematical insight on how large systems — like global climate patterns, ecosystems, stock markets and even internet outages — actually work. The simulation suggested that tiny initial changes in complex systems could have extremely asymmetrical results (read about power laws and ‘black swans’). His insight became a bedrock principle in the discipline of mathematics now known as chaos theory, which VIVISXN is obsessed with. If you plot out the values from Lorenz’s mathematical system in two dimensions, it looks like a butterfly (below). He called it a “strange attractor.” Just imagine that a butterfly can flutter its wings over a flower in Fiji or China and cause a violent hurricane in Florida. Whoa.

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hurricane Irma — one of the four strongest Atlantic storms ever — slammed into Miami this morning, causing chaos and destruction for everyone in Florida - Thoughts on “CHAOS THEORY” and fucked up weather systems. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | Art + Culture + News at VIVISXN MAG | Art | Fashion | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | Art + Culture + News at VIVISXN MAG | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | Hurricane Irma — one of the four strongest Atlantic storms ever — slammed into Miami this morning, causing chaos and destruction for everyone in Florida.

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hurricane Irma — one of the four strongest Atlantic storms ever — slammed into Miami this morning, causing chaos and destruction for everyone in Florida - Thoughts on “CHAOS THEORY” and fucked up weather systems. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | Art + Culture + News at VIVISXN MAG | Art | Fashion | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | Art + Culture + News at VIVISXN MAG | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | Hurricane Irma — one of the four strongest Atlantic storms ever — slammed into Miami this morning, causing chaos and destruction for everyone in Florida.

Translated into mass culture, the butterfly effect has become a metaphor for the existence of seemingly insignificant moments that alter history, shape destinies and ruin property deals on South Beach. It also explores “deterministic chaos” and weird weather patterns through dizzying differential equations. Anyway, the visuals are mind-bending and beautiful, and so are the fields of non-linear dynamics, chaos and hydrodynamical systems. Watch the rad vid below and get up to scratch on how hurricanes are born. 

We hate you, Irma. Please die now

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hurricane Irma — one of the four strongest Atlantic storms ever — slammed into Miami this morning, causing chaos and destruction for everyone in Florida - Thoughts on “CHAOS THEORY” and fucked up weather systems. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | Art + Culture + News at VIVISXN MAG | Art | Fashion | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | Art + Culture + News at VIVISXN MAG | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | Hurricane Irma — one of the four strongest Atlantic storms ever — slammed into Miami this morning, causing chaos and destruction for everyone in Florida.

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hurricane Irma — one of the four strongest Atlantic storms ever — slammed into Miami this morning, causing chaos and destruction for everyone in Florida - Thoughts on “CHAOS THEORY” and fucked up weather systems. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | Art + Culture + News at VIVISXN MAG | Art | Fashion | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | Art + Culture + News at VIVISXN MAG | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | Hurricane Irma — one of the four strongest Atlantic storms ever — slammed into Miami this morning, causing chaos and destruction for everyone in Florida.

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hurricane Irma — one of the four strongest Atlantic storms ever — slammed into Miami this morning, causing chaos and destruction for everyone in Florida - Thoughts on “CHAOS THEORY” and fucked up weather systems. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | Art + Culture + News at VIVISXN MAG | Art | Fashion | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | Art + Culture + News at VIVISXN MAG | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | Hurricane Irma — one of the four strongest Atlantic storms ever — slammed into Miami this morning, causing chaos and destruction for everyone in Florida.

VIVISXN MEDIA | Hurricane Irma — one of the four strongest Atlantic storms ever — slammed into Miami this morning, causing chaos and destruction for everyone in Florida - Thoughts on “CHAOS THEORY” and fucked up weather systems. | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit | Art + Culture + News at VIVISXN MAG | Art | Fashion | Tech | Underground | Food | Music | News | The Deep Web | Film | Postmodern Art | Art + Culture + News at VIVISXN MAG | A comprehensive compendium of coolness, nowness, cutting-edge news, global affairs and crazy shit - VIVISXN MEDIA LLC | VIVISXN Tech Trends | Hurricane Irma — one of the four strongest Atlantic storms ever — slammed into Miami this morning, causing chaos and destruction for everyone in Florida.

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