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Storm trivia: test yourself with these 25 questions


1 Which one of these revolving weather systems is the smallest: hurricane, typhoon, tropical cyclone, tornado?

2 Aside from the amusing reference popularized by Frank Zappa, what is the usual cause of a large-scale "yellow snow” weather effect seen in certain parts of the world?

3 What is the line on a weather chart which joins points of equal pressure?

4 What colour of a single rainbow is on the inside of the rainbow's arc, given the generally defined seven-colour rainbow?

5 Who invented the mercury thermometer?

6 Okta is a unit of measurement of what?

7 What common term refers to the amount of water vapour that is held in the air?

8. Treasure Island author Robert Louis Stevenson's father was responsible for what significant weather-related invention?

9 What shipping forecast area lies immediately South of Forties off the British Isles?

10 What common term refers to the movement of air from a high pressure to a low pressure zone?

11 What is O3 (O followed by the number 3, usually shown in sub-script)?

12 What wind speed limit applies for setting athletics sprinting and jumping records?

13 What is the circulating Atlantic ocean current which warms western Europe?

14 What's the more exotic name of the Northern Lights visible under certain conditions in the Northern Hemisphere night sky?

15 What is a haboob?

16 What is the childlike name given to the significant weather activity linked to sea temperature rise in the Pacific Ocean?

17 What is the unit of measurement of wind speed?

18 What is the "ology” term for the study or science of the weather (that's short-term weather systems and effects, not long-term climatology)?

19 What was the name of the 1992 hurricane storm which caused massive damage to the Bahamas, Florida and Louisiana?

20 What cloud term means sheet or sheet-like or layer?

21 (Aside from a back and a front) how many sides or points does every snowflake have?

22 In the Northern hemisphere an area of low pressure produces what wind direction?

23 What is the most common gas in the Earth's atmosphere?

24 What type of cloud is normally associated with thunderstorms?

25 The heaviest recorded hailstones weighed (approximately) 25g, 100g, 500g or 1kg?


1 Tornado

2 Pollen

3 Isobar

4 Violet

5 Daniel Gabriel Farenheit

6 Cloud cover

7 Humidity

8 The Stevenson Screen

9 Dogger

10 Wind

11 Ozone

12 Two metres per second

13 The Gulf Stream

14 Aurora Borealis

15 A sandstorm

16 El Nino

17 Knot

18 Meteorology

19 Andrew

20 Stratus

21 Six

22 Anti-clockwise

23 Nitrogen

24 Cumulonimbus

25 1kg

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