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The SCO Weather Quiz

The SCO Weather Quiz for

Saturday October 25 , 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).


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

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

2) Clouds are formed by...


3) The range between the daily maximum temperature and the daily minimum temperature is usually greater if the air is:

    very dry
    very humid
    neither dry nor humid

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

    the former Soviet Union
    United States

5) What is a funnel cloud?

    a fluffy, white cloud
    thin, light clouds
    a rotating column of air, not touching the ground
    a rotating column of air, touching the ground

6) Which of the following is not a way of producing clouds?

    lifting air over a mountain
    lifting air along a weather front
    warming the surface of the earth

7) On approximately what date is Earth farthest from the Sun?

    January 3
    March 3
    July 3
    September 3

8) Energy required to change a substance from one state to another is called...

    specific heat
    sensible heat
    latent heat
    heat capacity

9) 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

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


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