During a speech titled “Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil Set off a Tornado in Texas.” Mr Lorenz Discussed the beginning of what would become known as Chaos theory; this theory is about how very complex systems beginning, most often in fiction it is used to discuss time travel. (Bradley, 2010) However, in our project, we were looking at how weather systems work. Thought this is only a small project we became interested in how in the world across many different locations how some seem connected solely by the similarity of their data, and other places perhaps much closer together seem so different.
No wind or high winds there are huge variations across the world, and our design shows this in a 40 by 40 cm box. We have five DC motors with attached 3D printed fans. We are using 12 volts of electricity to power all the motors and the lights under the fans. We used Firefly to code our motors and LED’s with the data; then we exported it to Arduino.

Our data comes from extreme storms and calm areas, but every locations wind data was recorded during the hour of 9 pm Greenwich mean time on the 16/11/18. .” The strength of the motor fans shows the data. Moreover, the direction is confirmed both by the area that the balls gather in but also by the light that comes up from beneath the fans. According to the Beaufort scale, most of our data was of a force 5; this is also known as a “Fresh Breeze” the highest on the Beaufort scale is 12, but on this hour on this day we could only find up to 9, which is a “Server Gale”. (MetOffice, 2010)

This project shows us the incredible power of the wind, and how connected it all was, in places with a light breeze the air pressure in the location was at a constant, where the wind was more turbulent the air pressure was creating a front. Though we aren’t trying to solve chaos theory, our design does beg the question “Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil Set off a Tornado in Texas?”

Works Cited
Bradley, L. (2010). The “butterfly effect” in climate change.
MetOffice. (2010). Beaufort, Fact Sheet 6.


Programming and Physical Computing ||Chaos in the wind is a project of IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed at the Master in Advanced Architecture in 2018 by:
Student: Oana Taut, Aishath Nadh Ha Naseer, Jae Shin, Holly Victoria Carton, Anaisa Franco Nascimento
Faculty:  Angel Muñoz & Cristian Rizzuti