Exploring the limits of something is an interesting way to see what might be usable in a more controlled context. (Audio distortion is a good example). It’s usually the happy accidents that inspire innovative thinking. Once you see something occurring in a new medium, it presents a whole new way of seeing.
Hurricanes are essentially fractal in nature and the underlying idea is the same: there are simple rules that allow systems to scale up or down in a linear fashion, ultimately controlled by randomness in the top-level system, such as the climate system as a whole, and its own limits: the earth is only so big, and the atmosphere is scaled accordingly. But it can only get so warm, as opposed to getting too cold. Mars and Venus are the examples of systems that reached limits of their scale, then become largely inert atmospheres.