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The SCO Weather Quiz

The SCO Weather Quiz for

Sunday November 23 , 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).

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 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


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 the driving force of weather on earth?

    wind
    sun
    air pressure
    rain


4) The jet stream blows from

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


5) The scale used to measure wind speeds by visible signs is known as the _______ scale.

    Beaufort
    Richter
    Palmer
    Bergeron


6) Winds are created from which of the following?

    differences in air pressure
    the influence of the moon
    differences in elevation
    moisture in the air


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

    rain
    snow
    sleet
    humidity


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

    cumulonimbus
    cirrus
    cumulus
    stratus


9) What is El Nino?

    heavy winds
    interactions between the ocean and the earth's atmosphere
    a tidal wave
    a disturbance in the upper atmosphere


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

    cumulonimbus
    cirrus
    cirrostratus
    nimbostratus




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