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The SCO Weather Quiz

The SCO Weather Quiz for

Saturday August 01 , 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).


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 makes a desert, a desert?

    excessive amounts of sunshine
    high temperatures
    lack of precipitation

2) The Coriolis force is strongest when the wind speed is ___________ and the latitude is ___________.


3) What is evaporation?

    liquid to vapor
    liquid to ice
    ice to vapor
    vapor to liquid

4) Energy required to change a substance from one state to another is called...

    specific heat
    sensible heat
    latent heat
    heat capacity

5) What is a cold front?

    a warm and cold air boundary with warm air advancing
    a warm and cold air boundary with cold air advancing
    a warm and cold air boundary with neither cold nor warm air advancing
    an area of high pressure

6) What does the heat index tell us?

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

7) On approximately what date is Earth farthest from the Sun?

    January 3
    March 3
    July 3
    September 3

8) Which instrument measures air pressure?


9) 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

10) What do meteorologists use to enable them to predict the weather?

    all of the above

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