# Fronts And Air Masses

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This is a quiz about fronts and air masses.

• 1.

### A dry, cold air mass would be called

• A.

Continental tropical

• B.

Continental polar

• C.

Maritime tropical

• D.

Maritime polar

• E.

Continental maritime

B. Continental polar
Explanation
A dry, cold air mass would be called continental polar because it originates over land and is characterized by cold temperatures. Continental polar air masses are typically dry and stable, and they often bring cold weather and clear skies.

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• 2.

### When a warm air mass and a cold air mass meet, but they push at each other and neither one can move, it is called a/an

• A.

Warm front

• B.

Cold front

• C.

Occluded front

• D.

Stationary front

D. Stationary front
Explanation
A stationary front occurs when a warm air mass and a cold air mass meet but are unable to move past each other. This typically results in a prolonged period of unsettled weather, with clouds and precipitation. The opposing forces of the warm and cold air masses create a boundary where neither air mass can advance, leading to the stationary front.

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• 3.

### When a warm air mass is trapped between two cooler air masses, it is called a/an

• A.

Warm front

• B.

Cold front

• C.

Occluded front

• D.

Staionary front

C. Occluded front
Explanation
When a warm air mass is trapped between two cooler air masses, it is called an occluded front. This occurs when a fast-moving cold front catches up to a slower-moving warm front, lifting the warm air off the ground. As the warm air is lifted, it is cut off from the surface, forming a boundary between the two cooler air masses. This results in the occluded front, which typically brings precipitation and can cause changes in weather conditions.

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• 4.

### The boundary between cold and warm air masses is called a/an

• A.

Flood

• B.

Front

• C.

Climate

• D.

Storm

B. Front
Explanation
A front is the boundary between two air masses with different temperatures. It is the meeting point of cold and warm air masses, where they collide and interact. This collision creates changes in weather patterns, such as storms and precipitation. Therefore, the correct answer is "front."

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• 5.

### When a cold air mass moves into a warm air mass, it will get colder and we will have severe weather. What type of front is this?

• A.

Warm front

• B.

Cold front

• C.

Occluded front

• D.

Stationary front

B. Cold front
Explanation
When a cold air mass moves into a warm air mass, it creates a cold front. As the colder air replaces the warmer air, it causes the warm air to rise rapidly. This rapid upward movement of warm air leads to the formation of cumulonimbus clouds, which are associated with severe weather conditions such as thunderstorms, heavy rain, and sometimes even tornadoes. Therefore, the correct answer is cold front.

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• 6.

### When a warm air masses gently slides on top of a cold air mass, and you have drizzly rain and then beautiful sunny weather, what front is it?

• A.

Warm front

• B.

Cold front

• C.

Occluded front

• D.

Stationary front

A. Warm front
Explanation
When a warm air mass gently slides on top of a cold air mass, it creates a warm front. This occurs when the warm air gradually rises over the colder air, causing the moisture in the warm air to condense and form drizzly rain. As the warm front continues to move, the rain eventually stops and is followed by beautiful sunny weather.

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• 7.

### A/an _____________ is a large body of air that has the same properties as the Earth's surface over which it developes and has the same density and moisture content.

• A.

Front

• B.

Air mass

• C.

Cloud

• D.

B. Air mass
Explanation
An air mass is a large body of air that forms over a specific region and has the same characteristics as the Earth's surface over which it develops. This includes having the same density and moisture content. Air masses can cover vast areas and can influence weather patterns as they move across different regions. They are classified based on their temperature and humidity characteristics, such as tropical, polar, maritime, and continental air masses.

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• 8.

### What type of weather would a continental tropical air mass bring?

• A.

Dry and cold weather

• B.

Wet and cold weather

• C.

Dry and warm weather

• D.

Wet and warm weather

C. Dry and warm weather
Explanation
A continental tropical air mass originates from a dry and hot region, such as a desert. As it moves, it retains its dry characteristics and brings warm temperatures to the areas it affects. Therefore, the correct answer is dry and warm weather.

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• 9.

### An air mass that formed over the ocean near the equator would probably be

• A.

Maritime polar

• B.

Maritime tropical

• C.

Continental polar

• D.

Continental tropical

B. Maritime tropical
Explanation
An air mass that formed over the ocean near the equator would probably be maritime tropical. This is because the equator is a region of warm temperatures and high humidity, and the ocean is a source of moisture. As the air mass forms over the ocean, it will pick up moisture and become warm and humid. This type of air mass is characteristic of tropical regions near the equator, where warm and moist air masses dominate.

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• 10.

### A wet, cold air mass would be

• A.

Maritime tropical

• B.

Maritime polar

• C.

Continental tropical

• D.

Continental polar

B. Maritime polar
Explanation
A wet, cold air mass would be classified as Maritime polar. This is because Maritime polar air masses form over the cold ocean waters and bring moist, cool air to the land. These air masses are often associated with cloudy and rainy weather conditions.

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• 11.

### Where would you find a tropical maritime air mass?

• A.

Over the ocean near the equator

• B.

Over the ocean near the poles (brrrrrr- cold!)

• C.

Over a continent (land) near the equator

• D.

Over a continent (land) near the poles

A. Over the ocean near the equator
Explanation
A tropical maritime air mass is characterized by warm and moist air. The equator is known for its high temperatures and abundant moisture, making it an ideal location for the formation of tropical maritime air masses. These air masses are typically found over the ocean near the equator, where the warm ocean waters provide a source of moisture and heat. The combination of warm air and moisture creates a tropical climate, with high temperatures and frequent rainfall. Therefore, the correct answer is over the ocean near the equator.

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