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The SCO Weather Quiz

The SCO Weather Quiz for

Wednesday February 10 , 2016

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

    the former Soviet Union
    United States

3) Which type of cloud is associated with rain?


4) 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

5) On approximately what date is Earth closest to the Sun?

    January 3
    March 3
    July 3
    September 3

6) Which storm covers the largest area?

    severe thunderstorm
    rain shower

7) Where do the most tornadoes occur in the United States?

    Pacific Northwest
    Deserts in the Southwest
    Northeast U.S.
    Great Plains States

8) Which of the following devices is used to measure cloud height?


9) 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

10) The region in the U.S. with the greatest annual frequency of hail is:

    Mississippi Valley
    Pacific Northwest
    western Great Plains

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