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Digital Graphic Rendering -Hurricane Ivan 2004
Digital Graphic Rendering - Hurricane Ivan 2004
Hurricane Ivan - Nature's Inspirations
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Nature provides a myriad of artistic inspirations. In this example, satellite images of
the massive Hurricane Ivan begged to be rendered.
Unlike the crop circle examples, this rendering does not focus on closely or exactly
duplicating the subject. Instead it seeks to use symmetrically placed identical shapes
to create a symbolism of the subject.
The Monster Hurricane
Image: Nick Nicholson ©2004
NOAA Satellite photo (above) and
tracking map (right) of Hurricane Ivan
as it was tracking toward Florida
packing enormous wind strength.
Entitled "Crazy Ivan" due
to the unusual power of
this storm during an
unusual hurricane season!
... and then came Katrina
What is a hurricane, typhoon, or tropical cyclone?
The terms "hurricane" and "typhoon" are regionally specific names for a strong
"tropical cyclone". A tropical cyclone is the generic term for a non-frontal synoptic
scale low-pressure system over tropical or sub-tropical waters with organized
convection (i.e. thunderstorm activity) and definite cyclonic surface wind circulation.
Tropical cyclones with maximum sustained surface winds of less than 17 m/s (34 kt,
39 mph) are called "tropical depressions" (This is not to be confused with the
condition mid-latitude people get during a long, cold and grey winter wishing they
could be closer to the equator. Once the tropical cyclone reaches winds of at least
17 m/s (34 kt, 39 mph) they are typically called a "tropical storm" and assigned a
name. If winds reach 33 m/s (64 kt, 74 mph), then they are called:
"Hurricane" (the North Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Pacific Ocean east of the
dateline, or the South
Pacific Ocean east of 160E)
"Typhoon" (the Northwest Pacific Ocean west of the dateline)
"Severe tropical cyclone" (the Southwest Pacific Ocean west of 160E or Southeast
Indian Ocean east of 90E)
"Severe cyclonic storm" (the North Indian Ocean)
"Tropical cyclone" (the Southwest Indian Ocean)