Test Your Knowledge About Synoptic Weather Chart! Trivia Quiz

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Test Your Knowledge About Synoptic Weather Chart! Trivia Quiz

Most people have a hard time when it comes to reading a synoptic weather chart, and the quiz below is designed to test your knowledge on that. Do you think that you have what it takes to tackle it, or do you need more time to go through what we already covered? Take up the quiz below and get to find out!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A conventional weather map is called a synoptic chart. This chart is made by compiling hundreds of weather observations taken from all around Australia. A synoptic chart shows the main elements of the weather system at a particular time, such as highs, lows, and cold fronts. The air pressure readings are taken at ground level, and lines are drawn in to connect areas of the same air pressure.  Definitions:  High is a short way of describing a high-pressure cell where the air pressure increases towards the center. Low is a short way of describing a low-pressure cell where the air pressure decreases towards the center. The cold front is the boundary where a mass of cold air is replacing warm air, which causes a sharp change in temperature (and usually brings rain)
  • 2. 
    There are wind symbols (or "Wind Arrows") on the map. The direction that the wind blows is shown by the way the arrow is pointing, and the wind speed is shown by how many 'tails' are on the arrow. Use the legend to find out what wind speed is shown near Townsville (on the NE coast of Australia).
    • A. 

      6-12 km/hr

    • B. 

      33-41 km/hr

    • C. 

      1-4 km/hr

    • D. 

      62-80 km/hr

  • 3. 
    What is the wind speed shown in Port Headland?
    • A. 

      1-4 km/hr

    • B. 

      33-41 km/hr

    • C. 

      62-80 km/hr

    • D. 

      6-12 km/hr

  • 4. 
    Use these words to answer questions 4-11 anticlockwise cells H isobars measure L rotation wind pressure 
  • 5. 
    The lines on the weather map are called _____
  • 6. 
    These join points of equal air ___
  • 7. 
    On the map, the isobars circle high or low pressure ____
  • 8. 
    They are often marked on the map with ___ for high ...
  • 9. 
    ... and ___ for low
  • 10. 
    The unit used to ____ air pressure is called a Hectopascal (hPa)
  • 11. 
    The Earth's ___ causes air to flow clockwise around lows ...
  • 12. 
     and ___ around highs in the southern hemisphere.
  • 13. 
    The general movement of air (or ____) is from areas of high pressure to areas of low pressure
  • 14. 
    The symbol used to depict a cold front is 
    • A. 

      Line with numbers

    • B. 

      Line with triangles

    • C. 

      Dotted line

    • D. 

      Circle around a dot

  • 15. 
    If you were in Adelaide on this day, what would be the most sensible outfit to wear?
    • A. 

      Sunhat, sunscreen and shorts

    • B. 

      Umbrella/raincoat & hat

  • 16. 
    If you were in Perth on this day, what would be the most sensible outfit to wear?
    • A. 

      Sunscreen, hat & shorts

    • B. 

      Warm wooly clothes

    • C. 

      Raincoat & gumboots

  • 17. 
    What is the air pressure shown around Darwin?
    • A. 

      1028 hPa

    • B. 

      1020 hPa

    • C. 

      1016 hPa

    • D. 

      1012 hPa

  • 18. 
    Isobars close together mean the air pressure is changing more rapidly than where they are far apart. Therefore, isobars close together indicate 
    • A. 

      More wind

    • B. 

      Less wind