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The SCO Weather Quiz

The SCO Weather Quiz for

Tuesday October 13 , 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) On approximately what date is Earth farthest from the Sun?

    January 3
    March 3
    July 3
    September 3

2) What does the heat index tell us?

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

3) What is a radiosonde?

    a thermometer that gives readings in Fahrenheit and Centigrade simultaneously
    a box filled with instruments that takes measurements from the air
    an instrument that is attached to ocean buoys that records sea surface temperatures
    a parachute

4) Which cloud often has an anvil-shaped top?


5) 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

6) A lunar halo is caused by the moon shining through what type of clouds?


7) The horse latitudes are the result of:

    the polar front jet stream
    the intertropical convergence zone
    the subtropical high
    the subpolar lows
    the polar high

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


9) When a tornado warning has been issued for your area you should...

    open all windows in your house
    get in your car and drive to a shelter
    take shelter in a windowless room on the lowest level of your house
    watch the television for updates and not worry about it

10) The transfer of heat by direct contact is called...

    latent transfer

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