Hurricane patterns explained by math formulas

Meteorologists make their living predicting storm movements. In most areas, air streams follow certain patterns that help weather forecasters in their work.

Mathematicians have now added another element to weathercasting: Predicting the energy which large storms, especially hurricanes, will produce.

A team of researchers in Spain has discovered the mathematical relation between the number of storms produced in a given area and the energy those storms will produce. Interestingly, the research shows that tropical cyclones follow a precise mathematical formula.

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