Weather Quiz - Weather Instruments And Fronts

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Weather Quiz - Weather Instruments And Fronts

This quiz will assess your knowledge of weather instruments and weather fronts. Please don't forget to supply your name and school initials


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    If you had a sealed glass tube with a vacuum inside stuck into an open topped bowl of mercury, you would have a device for measuring.....
    • A. 

      Rainfall

    • B. 

      Atmospheric pressure

    • C. 

      Wind speed

    • D. 

      Temperature

  • 2. 
    Meteorologists have been using radiosondes (weather balloons) for 100 years to gather daily weather measurements. Why do they still use them in the age of satellites?
    • A. 

      Satellites can't measure at night

    • B. 

      Satellites can't measure pressure, humidity, and other factors through different areas of the atmosphere.

    • C. 

      Satellites measure everything, they could stop the radiosondes

  • 3. 
    When the atmospheric pressure goes down, the mercury inside the tube of the device shown below will ________ too.
  • 4. 
    A Sling Psychrometer helps measure relative humidity by taking advantage of the fact that
    • A. 

      Rapidly moving air speeds evaporation

    • B. 

      A wet thermometer will show the percent moisture present in the air.

    • C. 

      Moister air will have less evaporation than drier air.

    • D. 

      Both (a) and (c)

  • 5. 
    Doppler radar works because radio waves bouncing off a moving object will bounce in strange directions.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Doppler radar works because successive radio waves bouncing off a moving object are compressed or stretched
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    Some types of thermometers actually use the principle that two different metals expand and contract at different rates when they are heated and cooled.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    The Celsius and Fahrenheit scales on thermometers have the same size steps just start at different points.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    The Celsius and Kelvin scales on thermometers have the same size steps just start at different points.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    A Wind sock can be used to measure wind speed by....
    • A. 

      The degree to which the sock flies straight

    • B. 

      The number of flaps per minute

    • C. 

      The direction in which the sock points

    • D. 

      Dividing its circumference by the number of times it rotates every hour

  • 11. 
    The weather following behind a cold front will be cooler, with clear skies, and precipitation will be unlikely.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    A warm front will bring sudden, intense rain in the form of thunderstorms.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    The clouds most likely to be found around a cold front are...
    • A. 

      Stratus

    • B. 

      Cumulonimbus

    • C. 

      Cirrus

    • D. 

      Altocumulus

  • 14. 
    During a cold front, heavy precipitation occurs because....
    • A. 

      Cold air is trapped above warm air

    • B. 

      Warm air and cold air don't mix

    • C. 

      Warm air rises slowly and gradually as cold air moves in slowly

    • D. 

      Rapidly moving cold air forces warm moist air upwards quickly

  • 15. 
    An Occluded front occurs when...
    • A. 

      A warm front overtakes a cold front

    • B. 

      A cold front overtakes a warm front

    • C. 

      Two warm air masses trap a cold air mass between them

    • D. 

      The adiabatic cooling rate is greater than 6.5deg C/km.

  • 16. 
    A Stationary front occurs then a cold and warm front meet but neither is strong enough to push the other out of the way.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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