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Weather Quiz

Test your knowledge of weather patterns, storm systems, and meteorology.

Quiz

1. After Hurricane Katrina, what was the costliest hurricane in U.S. history?

  • Ivan
  • Andrew
  • Wilma

2. What location registered the highest ever recorded temperature in the world—136 degrees Fahrenheit?

  • Baghdad, Iraq
  • Dallol, Ethiopia
  • El Azizia, Libya

3. What city registered the lowest ever recorded temperature in the United States, -80 degrees Fahrenheit?

  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Prospect Creek, Alaska
  • Juneau, Alaska

4. What is the name of the wind scale that describes the force of the wind? It is based on the visible effects of the wind on water and a ship's sails.

  • Richter scale
  • Saffir-Simpson scale
  • Beaufort scale

5. What type of clouds are thin and feathery, form at altitudes of about 4 miles or higher, and are nicknamed Mare's tails?

  • Cirrus
  • Stratus
  • Cumulus

6. What was the diameter of the largest hailstone ever recorded in the U.S.?

  • 15 inches
  • 3 inches
  • 7 inches

7. What instrument measures atmospheric pressure?

8. Where did the deadliest flood in U.S. history occur?

  • Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Natchez, Mississippi
  • La Crosse, Wisconsin

9. What are the chances of being struck by lightning?

  • About 1 in 100
  • About 1 in 600,000
  • About 1 in 1,000,000

10. How much snow did Silver Lake, Colo., receive in one 24-hour period in 1921—the most in U.S. history?

  • 76 inches
  • 24 inches
  • 55 inches

1. After Hurricane Katrina, what was the costliest hurricane in U.S. history?
Andrew

2. What location registered the highest ever recorded temperature in the world—136 degrees Fahrenheit?
El Azizia, Libya

3. What city registered the lowest ever recorded temperature in the United States, -80 degrees Fahrenheit?
Prospect Creek, Alaska

4. What is the name of the wind scale that describes the force of the wind? It is based on the visible effects of the wind on water and a ship's sails.
Beaufort scale

5. What type of clouds are thin and feathery, form at altitudes of about 4 miles or higher, and are nicknamed Mare's tails?
Cirrus

6. What was the diameter of the largest hailstone ever recorded in the U.S.?
7 inches

7. What instrument measures atmospheric pressure?
Barometer

8. Where did the deadliest flood in U.S. history occur?
Johnstown, Pennsylvania

9. What are the chances of being struck by lightning?
About 1 in 600,000

10. How much snow did Silver Lake, Colo., receive in one 24-hour period in 1921—the most in U.S. history?
76 inches

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