Many computer simulations treat a hurricane as a system in which
the energy input is heat and the energy output is the mechanical
energy residing in the high winds. Computer models can predict
a hurricane's wind speed based on measurements of air and water
temperature, and then display the information in a graphical form.
Dr. Kerry Emanuel, an atmospheric scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Program for Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate, has created a computer program to simulate hurricane behavior. The simulations and more information about Dr. Emanuels hurricane research can be found at: http://www-paoc.mit.edu/~emanuel/home.html