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The SCO Weather Quiz

The SCO Weather Quiz for

Saturday November 01 , 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) A tornado watch is issued...

    during every thunderstorm
    when a tornado has been spotted
    when conditions are favorable for the formation of tornados
    only in the spring


2) A measure of the average speed of air molecules is:

    humidity
    atmospheric pressure
    temperature
    molecular speed


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

    satellites
    radars
    computers
    all of the above


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

    radiation
    convection
    latent transfer
    conduction


6) During which months does the Southeastern US see the greatest number of tornadoes?

    January-March
    March-May
    May-July
    July-September


7) How many degrees north of the Equator is the Arctic Circle?

    23.5
    49
    66.5
    90


8) In what type of cloud does hail form?

    cirrus
    cirrocumulus
    nimbostratus
    cumulonimbus


9) Which instrument measures air pressure?

    thermometer
    anemometer
    hygrometer
    barometer


10) When is a hurricane watch issued?

    when a hurricane may strike within the next few days
    when a hurricane is expected to strike within the next 24 hours
    when a hurricane is expedted to strike within the next 12 hours
    when authorities have told coastal residents to evacuate




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