Weather Trivia handout (from Science with Mrs. Hadley)

1. What is the name of the scientific instrument used to measure atmospheric pressure?
2. If a weather forecaster predicts ‘high pressure’ what kind of weather might we expect to
3. What do we use an anemometer to measure?
4. In which year was the first weather satellite launched? What was it called?
5. True or False ? The highest recorded temperature on earth was of 57.8 oC, recorded in Tirat
Tsvi, Israel and Al ‘Aziziyalh, Libya.
6. True or False ? A rainbow is a spectrum of light that appears when the sun shines onto
water droplets in the air.
7. Blizzards feature low temperatures, strong winds, and heavy _______________________ .
8. What country experiences the most tornadoes?
9. Trying to predict the weather s known as weather ___________________________________ .
10. The word cloud is derived from a Middle English word clud . What did that word
originally mean?
11. True or False? In some Californian redwood forests, the trees don’t just rely on rainfall for
water; they also receive around a third of their moisture from coastal fog in the atmosphere.
12. Cumulonimbus clouds are very easy to spot with their dark flattish bases and a mass of
fluffy white clouds on top tat towers upwards. What type of weather do cumulonimbus clouds
usually bring us?
13. What is the driest desert on earth: the Sahara, the Kalahari, or the Atacama?
14. What is the line on a weather chart which joins points of equal pressure?
15. Who invented the mercury thermometer?
16. Okta is a unit of measurement of what?
17. What does humidity mean?
18. What is the circulating Atlantic ocean current which warms Western Europe?
19. What is El Nino?
20. What are the narrow bands of strong winds called which move around the world between
around six and twelve miles high?
21. Define meteorology.
22. What cloud term means “sheet’ or ‘sheetlike’ or ‘layer’?
23. What type of cloud is normally associated with thunderstorms?
24. What number does ‘storm’ equate to on the Beaufort Scale of wind force?
25. Provide the Beaufort Scale:
26. At what temperature is centigrade equal to Fahrenheit?
27. What was the lowest temperature recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica?
28. Balls of irregular lumps of ice that fall from clouds are commonly called ____________________.
These usually fall to earth during what kind of weather?
29. As related to weather: What is a front? What is a cold front? A warm front? A stationary
front? Make and label the symbols used to identify these.
30. What is a High Pressure system? A Low Pressure system? Make and label the symbols
used to identify these.
31. What do these weather symbols represent?