Do You Know As Much About Weather As You Think You Know?

  1. True or false:
    Snow can fall at temperatures well above freezing.

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    According to The Weather Company, it can snow up to around 46 degrees.

  2. Which is deadlier during hurricanes and tropical storms?

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    Water is far more deadly.

  3. The hottest US temperature ever recorded was in _.

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    The mercury hit 134 degrees in Death Valley on July 10, 1913.

  4. True or false:
    If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.

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    During a thunderstorm, lightning is a threat even if you can’t see it.

  5. Which are cirrus clouds?

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    Cirrus clouds are high clouds, whereas cumulus clouds (second photo) and stratus clouds (third photo) are low clouds, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  6. What expresses the level of discomfort resulting from the effects of temperature and humidity?

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    When the temperature is above 65 degrees, the “feels like” temp shows the heat index value.

  7. Which type of pressure system results in mostly clear skies and calm weather?

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    Low pressure systems, on the other hand, bring overcast skies and rain.

  8. To be classified as a hurricane, a system must have sustained winds of at least _ mph.

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    A hurricane “warning” indicates that hurricane conditions — sustained winds of 74 mph or higher — are expected somewhere within the area.

  9. A periodic warming of water near the equator in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean is called…

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    This warming water can then affect atmospheric patterns, with influences on the hurricane season.

  10. If a forecaster is 100% confident rain will occur in 20% of the forecast area, the chance of rain is _%.

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    Probability of precipitation multiplies the confidence that precipitation will occur somewhere within the forecast area and the percent of area that will receive measurable precipitation, if at all, according to The Weather Company.

A huge thank you to The Weather Company for providing research assistance!

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