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The SCO Weather Quiz

The SCO Weather Quiz for

Thursday July 24 , 2014

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) From the ground, how are the layers of the atmosphere ordered?

    Troposphere, Stratosphere, Mesosphere, and Thermosphere
    Stratosphere, Troposphere, Mesosphere, and Thermosphere
    Thermosphere, Stratosphere, Mesosphere, and Troposphere
    Mesosphere, Troposphere, Stratosphere, and Thermosphere

2) Tornadoes result from the interaction of contrasting layers of air within a heavy ___________ cloud mass.


3) The jet stream blows from

    north to south
    west to east
    east to west
    south to north

4) Why do hurricanes generally not continue onto land?

    tropical storms need warm water to operate
    tropical storms need smooth surfaces, such as the ocean, to operate
    the pressure over land masses is not low enough for hurricanes
    all of the above

5) Which instrument measures air pressure?


6) What is the Gulf Stream?

    a large river that empties into the Gulf of Mexico
    a fast moving layer of air that transports weather systems
    a warm ocean current in the Atlantic Ocean
    a cold ocean current in the Pacific Ocean

7) In winter, high pressure systems have _______ weather associated with them.

    warm and rainy
    warm and cloudy
    warm and foggy
    clear and cool

8) In an average year, which of the following types of weather phenomena results in the most deaths in the United States?


9) Low pressure systems usually have ______ weather associated with them.


10) Which storm covers the largest area?

    severe thunderstorm
    rain shower

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