In the mid of Hurricane Sandy it seems a little out of place to think of it in terms of math, however someone like me, watching nature’s powers unfold, thinks about the beautiful ways in which physical powers manifest themselves and do so according to laws we can describe using mathematics.
If you want, Mathematics is one language we humans use to describe Nature. One can see this use at work by going to the NOAA website – you can see how math can help predict, using sophisticated mathematical models, how this storm will unfold as well as advanced mathematical modeling for other projects http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/Research.html .
Hope this storm will not cause too much damage. Keep safe.