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The SCO Weather Quiz

The SCO Weather Quiz for

Wednesday March 04 , 2015

DESCRIPTION: The SCO Weather Quiz is composed of weather-related questionsthat have been randomly selected from the SCO quiz question master list. The test is targeted at elementary school students, but may provide some challenge to people of all ages (we were even stumped on a few). The quiz is updated daily with a new list of questions; however, you may see some questions repeated from day to day (give us time to add more questions to the master list).

INSTRUCTIONS:

1) Respond to each of the questions below by pressing the button next to the answer you think best answers the question above. These questions are not intended to be trick questions.

2) Make sure to answer ALL questions in order for your score to be used in the calculation of test averages.

3) Press the "Grade" button at the bottom to see how your score stacks up against your classmates.


1) What does the heat index tell us?

    how hot it really is
    how warm it feels
    how humid it is
    how windy it is


2) What wind speeds must be reached in order for a tropical storm to be considered a hurricane?

    200 mph
    74 mph
    53 mph
    66 mph


3) Which instrument measures air pressure?

    thermometer
    anemometer
    hygrometer
    barometer


4) When is a hurricane watch issued?

    when a hurricane may strike within the next few days
    when a hurricane is expected to strike within the next 24 hours
    when a hurricane is expedted to strike within the next 12 hours
    when authorities have told coastal residents to evacuate


5) Which layer of the atmosphere contains the weather?

    thermosphere
    troposphere
    mesosphere
    stratosphere


6) In what type of cloud does hail form?

    cirrus
    cirrocumulus
    nimbostratus
    cumulonimbus


7) What is a funnel cloud?

    a fluffy, white cloud
    thin, light clouds
    a rotating column of air, not touching the ground
    a rotating column of air, touching the ground


8) When is a tornado warning issued?

    when a tornado has been spotted
    when conditions are favorable for the formation of tornados
    only in the winter
    during every thunderstorm


9) The amount of water vapor in the air refers to...

    rain
    snow
    sleet
    humidity


10) The correct abbreviation for a warm moist air mass that forms over warm water is:

    mT
    mP
    cT
    A




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