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The SCO Weather Quiz

The SCO Weather Quiz for

Tuesday January 27 , 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) In what type of cloud does hail form?


3) Winds are created from which of the following?

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

4) Which country has the most occurrances of tornadoes per year?

    the former Soviet Union
    United States

5) 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

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


7) The direction the winds rotate around the center of a low pressure system is

    no rotation in the Northern Hemisphere
    clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere
    counter-clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere
    clockwise in the Southern Hemiphere

8) What is the ionosphere?

    a layer of the atmosphere that is filled with unstable gases
    a region in the troposphere where there is a large concentration of ions
    another name for the ozone layer
    a region in the thermosphere where there is a large concentration of ions

9) What makes thunder?

    the collision of thunderstorm clouds
    the heat of lightning causing quick movements of air
    the light of lightning traveling at the speed of light
    the strike of lightning on an object on the Earth

10) The layer of the atmosphere that contains almost all of the weather on earth is called:


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