# Hurricane Quiz

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Things could get a little windy this summer. Test your hurricane smarts with this timely quiz!

• 1.

### The Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1 and ends on:

• A.

Oct. 30

• B.

Nov. 1

• C.

Nov. 15

• D.

Nov. 30

D. Nov. 30
Explanation
The Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends on November 30 of each year.

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• 2.

### What percentage of coastal dwellers are ready for a hurricane?

• A.

100%

• B.

50%

• C.

25%

• D.

15%

B. 50%
Explanation
A recent survey states that only half of coastal dwellers have a disaster plan in place in case a hurricane strikes.

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• 3.

### How many coastal dwellers would refuse to evacuate in the face of an impending hurricane?

• A.

One out of two

• B.

One out of four

• C.

One out of eight

• D.

One out of ten

C. One out of eight
Explanation
A recent survey showed that one out of eight people would refuse to evacuate, even if ordered to do so.

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• 4.

### What year did the U.S. Weather Bureau switch to using men's names, as well as women's names?

• A.

1960

• B.

1965

• C.

1972

• D.

1979

D. 1979
Explanation
In 1979, the U.S. Weather Bureau switched to using both men's and women's names for naming storms. This change was made to promote gender equality and inclusivity in the naming of weather events. Prior to this, only women's names were used, which had been a long-standing tradition. By including men's names as well, the Weather Bureau aimed to recognize and represent the diversity of individuals affected by storms.

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• 5.

### On the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, how many categories of hurricanes are there?

• A.

Five

• B.

Four

• C.

Three

• D.

Two

A. Five
Explanation
There are five categories of hurricanes (listed in order of intensity)on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale.

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• 6.

### What was the last hurricane to make a direct hit on Cape Cod?

• A.

Hurricane Gloria

• B.

Hurricane Bob

• C.

Hurricane Edouard

• D.

Hurricane Noel

B. Hurricane Bob
Explanation
Hurricane Bob came ashore on Cape Cod on August 19, 1991.

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• 7.

### What is the center of a hurricane called?

• A.

The middle

• B.

The eye

• C.

The apex

• D.

The sweet spot

B. The eye
Explanation
The center of the storm is called the "eye."

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• 8.

### How warm does the water temperature have to be for a hurricane to form?

• A.

65

• B.

70

• C.

75

• D.

80

D. 80
Explanation
Hurricanes only form over really warm water of 80 degrees or warmer.

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• 9.

### What is the most devastating element of a hurricane?

• A.

Wind speed

• B.

Storm surge

• C.

Wind direction

• D.

Barometric pressure

B. Storm surge
Explanation
Storm surges are frequently the most devastating element of a hurricane. A storm surge can cause major flooding.

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• 10.

### Is there a difference between a hurricane and a typhoon?

• A.

Yes

• B.

No

B. No
Explanation
A hurricane and a typhoon are the same kind of storm. In the Western Pacific, this type of storm is called a typhoon.

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• 11.

### What wind speeds are associated with a tropical storm?

• A.

25 to 38 mph

• B.

39 to 73 mph

• C.

74 to 95 mph

• D.

96 to 110 mph

B. 39 to 73 mpH
Explanation
A tropical storm has maximum sustained wind speeds from 39 to 73 mph. A category 1 hurricane has wind speeds of 74 to 95 mph, while a category 2 hurricane has wind speeds of 96 to 110 mph.

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• 12.

### Is it safe to go outside during a hurricane?

• A.

Yes

• B.

No

B. No
Explanation
Always stay indoors during a hurricane, because strong winds will blow things around. Stay away from low-lying and flood prone areas.

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