Meteorology Questions: Trivia Quiz!

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Meteorology Questions: Trivia Quiz!

Meteorology is a division of the atmospheric sciences that entails atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric physics. The most prominent area of meteorology is weather forecasting. Meteorological studies are observable weather events that are explained by this complex and fascinating science. This phenomenal quiz will help you understand more about meteorology. Umbrella is optional and good luck with this quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Every physical process of weather is accompanied by or is the result of…..
    • A. 

      A heat exchange

    • B. 

      The movement of air

    • C. 

      A pressure differential

  • 2. 
    Moisture is added to a parcel of air by…..
    • A. 

      Sublimation and condensation

    • B. 

      Evaporation and condensation

    • C. 

      Evaporation and sublimation

  • 3. 
    With regards to wind flow patterns show on surface analysis charts; when the isobars are…..
    • A. 

      Close together, the pressure gradient force is slight and wind velocities are weaker

    • B. 

      Not close together, the pressure gradient force is greater and wind velocities are stronger.

    • C. 

      Close together, the pressure gradient force is greater and wind velocities are stronger.

  • 4. 
    What causes wind?
    • A. 

      The earth's rotation

    • B. 

      Air mass modification

    • C. 

      Pressure differences

  • 5. 
    Which is true regarding cold front occlusion? The air ahead of the warm front...
    • A. 

      Is colder than the air behind the overtaking cold front.

    • B. 

      Is warmer than the air behind the overtaking cold front.

    • C. 

      Has the same temperature as the air behind the overtaking cold front.

  • 6. 
    Which is true with respect to a high-or-low pressure system?
    • A. 

      A high-pressure area or ridge is an area of rising air.

    • B. 

      A high-pressure area or trough is an area descending air.

    • C. 

      A high-pressure area or ridge is an area of descending air. 

  • 7. 
    What prevents air from flowing directly from the high-pressure areas to low-pressure areas?
    • A. 

      Coriolis Force

    • B. 

      Surface friction

    • C. 

      Pressure gradient force

  • 8. 
    The jet stream and associated clear air turbulence can sometimes be visually identified in flight by:
    • A. 

      Dust or haze at flight level

    • B. 

      Long streaks of cirrus clouds

    • C. 

      A constant outside air temperature

  • 9. 
    Which feature is associated with the tropopause? 
    • A. 

      Constant height above the Earth

    • B. 

      Abrupt change in temperature lapse rate.

    • C. 

      Absolute upper limit of cloud formation

  • 10. 
    What is the standard temperature at 10,000 feet?
    • A. 

      -5°C

    • B. 

      -15°C

    • C. 

      +5°C

  • 11. 
    What are the standard temperature and pressure values for sea level?
    • A. 

      15°C and 29.92" Hg

    • B. 

      59°F and 1013.2" Hg

    • C. 

      15°C and 19.92" Mb

  • 12. 
    Which is true regarding actual air temperature and due point temperature spread? The temperature spread.....
    • A. 

      Decreases as the relative humidity decreases.

    • B. 

      Decreases as the relative humidity increases.

    • C. 

      Increases as the relative humidity increases

  • 13. 
    Which combination of weather-producing variables would likely result in cumuliform type clouds, good visibility, and showery rain?
    • A. 

      Stable, moist air and orographic lifting

    • B. 

      Unstable, moist air and orographic lifting

    • C. 

      Unstable, moist air and no lifting mechanism

  • 14. 
    Which characteristics of a cold air mass moving over a warm surface?
    • A. 

      Cumiliform clouds, turbulence, and poor visibility.

    • B. 

      Cumiliform clouds, turbulence, and good visibility.

    • C. 

      Stratiform clouds, smooth air and poor visibility.

  • 15. 
    Fog produced by frontal activity is a result of saturation due to:
    • A. 

      Nocturnal cooling

    • B. 

      Adiabatic cooling

    • C. 

      Evaporation of precipitation

  • 16. 
    What is the characteristic of stable air?
    • A. 

      Good visibility, steady precipitation, stratus clouds

    • B. 

      Poor visibility, steady precipitation, stratus clouds

    • C. 

      Poor visibility, intermittent precipitation, cumulus clouds

  • 17. 
    Which would decrease the stability of an air mass?
    • A. 

      Warming from below

    • B. 

      Cooling from below

    • C. 

      Decrease in water vapor

  • 18. 
    Which is a characteristic of stable air?
    • A. 

      Cumiliform clouds

    • B. 

      Excellent visibility

    • C. 

      Restricted visibility

  • 19. 
    A moist, unstable air mass is characterized by.....
    • A. 

      Poor visibility and smooth air

    • B. 

      Cumiliform clouds and showery precipitation

    • C. 

      Stratiform clouds and continuous precipitation

  • 20. 
    From which measurement of the atmosphere can stability be determined?
    • A. 

      Atmospheric pressure

    • B. 

      The ambient lapse rate

    • C. 

      The dry adiabatic rate

  • 21. 
    What visible signs indicate extreme turbulence in thunderstorms?
    • A. 

      Base of the clouds near the surface, heavy rain and hail.

    • B. 

      Low ceiling and visibility, hail and precipitation static.

    • C. 

      Cumulonimbus clouds, very frequent lightning and roll clouds

  • 22. 
    What feature is normally associated with the cumulus stage of a thunderstorm?
    • A. 

      Roll cloud

    • B. 

      Continuous updraft

    • C. 

      Beginning of rain at the surface

  • 23. 
    Which statement is true concerning squall lines?
    • A. 

      They form slowly, but move rapidly.

    • B. 

      They are associated with frontal system only

    • C. 

      They offer the most intense weather hazards to aircraft

  • 24. 
    Select the true statement pertaining to the life's cycle of a thunderstorm.
    • A. 

      Updrafts continue to develop throughout the dissipating stage of a thunderstorm.

    • B. 

      The beginning of rain at the Earth's surface indicates the mature stage of the thunderstorm.

    • C. 

      The beginning of rain at the Earth's surface indicates the dissipating stage of the thunderstorm.

  • 25. 
    Which weather phenomenon signals the beginning of the mature stage of thunderstorm?
    • A. 

      The start of rain

    • B. 

      The appearance of an anvil top

    • C. 

      Growth rate of cloud is maximum

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