First Alert Monsoon Need-to-know Quiz

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First Alert Monsoon Need-to-know Quiz

This Monsoon Quiz will prepare you for the Monsoon! It will give you information on staying safe as well as on the science of the Southwest's unique season.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How far, in miles, can lightning travel from the storm causing it?
    • A. 

      5

    • B. 

      1

    • C. 

      10

    • D. 

      20

    • E. 

      16

  • 2. 
    How much rain, on a 30 year average basis, falls in Tucson during the Monsoon, in inches??
    • A. 

      12

    • B. 

      5

    • C. 

      6

    • D. 

      8

    • E. 

      3

  • 3. 
    Which best describes a dry microburst?
    • A. 

      The thunderstorm collapses quickly because there is little upper-level steering flow, resulting in the storm no longer being tilted. This lack of "tilt" makes the inflow and outflow (wind entering the storm and rain leaving the storm) directly on top of one another, thus killing the storm. The wind and rain then rush down to the ground and spread in all directions.

    • B. 

      A storm's hail is too heavy, resulting in downward forces aking all of the storm's energy to the ground.

    • C. 

      Rain falls into a dry layer of air. This rain evaporates in the dry air, which cools the air. Since cool air is heavy and dense, it rushes down to the ground and spreads in all directions.

  • 4. 
    Which best describes a wet microburst?
    • A. 

      A storm's hail is too heavy, resulting in downward forces taking all of the storm's energy to the ground.

    • B. 

      Rain falls into a dry layer of air. This rain evaporates in the dry air, which cools the air. Since cool air is heavy and dense, it rushes down to the ground and spreads in all directions.

    • C. 

      The thunderstorm collapses quickly because there is little upper-level steering flow, resulting in the storm no longer being tilted. This lack of "tilt" makes the inflow and outflow (wind entering the storm and rain leaving the storm) directly on top of one another, thus killing the storm. The wind and rain then rush down to the ground and spread in all directions.

  • 5. 
    What is El Niño? Choose the best description.
    • A. 

      The warming of the tropical equatorial Pacific ocean above what it would normally be. It typically rears its head during the winter months. Fishermen off the coast of South America often must move northward to make large catches, following the cooler, more nutrient rich waters.

    • B. 

      The cooling of the tropical equatorial Pacific ocean below what it would normally be.

    • C. 

      Warmer than normal water gathering in the equatorial Pacific which causes above normal rainfall in the southwestern US during the winter and below normal rainfall in the Monsoon. It typically rears its head during the winter months. Fishermen off the coast of South America often must move northward to make large catches, following the cooler, more nutrient rich waters.

  • 6. 
    What is La Niña?  Choose the most complete answer.
    • A. 

      The cooling of the equatorial Pacific Ocean from South America westward. The Monsoon is often less active during La Niña.

    • B. 

      Something that happens during solar storms resulting in more rainfall in North America.

    • C. 

      The trade winds begin blowing more strongly from east to west from South America into the Pacific, upwelling cool water. This results in cooler-than-normal sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific. The Monsoon is often enhanced by La Niña.

  • 7. 
    Which of the following is NOT a source for moisture during our Monsoon?
    • A. 

      Gulf of Mexico

    • B. 

      Pacific

    • C. 

      Atlantic

    • D. 

      Gulf of California/Sea of Cortez

    • E. 

      Gulf of Alaska

  • 8. 
    Which River runs generally east to west through the metro?
    • A. 

      Rillito

    • B. 

      Pantano

    • C. 

      Santa Cruz

    • D. 

      Cañada del Oro

    • E. 

      Tanque Verde

  • 9. 
    PLEASE SELECT TWO ANSWERSWhich describes a natural progression of runoff through Tucson and even beyond (if applicable)?  Two answers are correct.  Only two answers represent logical drainage of rainfall runoff through and beyond the city.
    • A. 

      Cañana del Oro to Tanque Verde to Pantano to Rillito

    • B. 

      Tanque Verde to Rillito to Santa Cruz

    • C. 

      Pantano to Tanque Verde to Santa Cruz

    • D. 

      Santa Cruz to Rillito to Pantano

    • E. 

      Pantano to Rillito to Santa Cruz to Gila

  • 10. 
    How much water can push a full sized car off the road?
    • A. 

      1 inch

    • B. 

      6 inches

    • C. 

      1 foot

    • D. 

      3 feet

  • 11. 
    Which group is more likely to be stuck by lightning *according to statistics
    • A. 

      Men

    • B. 

      Woman

  • 12. 
    What is the name of the law which is suppose to prevent people from driving into washes by charging motorists for their rescue?
    • A. 

      The Dumb Drivers Law

    • B. 

      The Don't Drive in Washes Law

    • C. 

      The Wash Rescue Law

    • D. 

      The Stupid Motorists Law

  • 13. 
    The moisture from a "Gulf Surge" can be detected first in which city?
    • A. 

      Yuma

    • B. 

      Gila Bend

    • C. 

      San Diego

    • D. 

      Tucson

    • E. 

      El Paso

  • 14. 
    From the bottom to the top of a rainbow, the colors are _________ to __________ and in the secondary rainbow from ________ to __________
    • A. 

      Red to violet; red to violet

    • B. 

      Violet to red; violet to red

    • C. 

      Red to violet; violet to red

    • D. 

      Violet to red; red to violet

    • E. 

      Orange to purple; pink to yellow

  • 15. 
    Where is the ONLY safe place to be in a thunderstorm?
    • A. 

      Under a tree

    • B. 

      In an open air shelter (roof, but no walls)

    • C. 

      Getting as low as possible in an open field

    • D. 

      Inside a building (with four walls and a roof)

  • 16. 
    How strong can wind be in a microburst?
    • A. 

      20 MPH

    • B. 

      80 MPH

    • C. 

      110 MPH

    • D. 

      170 MPH

  • 17. 
    How many tornadoes are reported on average each year in Arizona? (not funnel clouds)
    • A. 

      None

    • B. 

      4

    • C. 

      7

    • D. 

      11

  • 18. 
    What do you do if you are driving and get caught in a dust storm while driving on the Freeway?
    • A. 

      Pull over and take your foot off the break, turn off your lights, and make yourself invisible

    • B. 

      Drive faster

    • C. 

      Pull off to the side of the road with your blinkers engaged

    • D. 

      Follow the person in front of you, make sure you don't loose them in the dust

  • 19. 
    Choose the most deadly, on average in the United States, of the following
    • A. 

      Flooding

    • B. 

      Lightning

    • C. 

      Microbursts

    • D. 

      Dust storms

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