Geography quiz: Weather

It's not specifically geography, but weather and the world (and travel!) are definitely interrelated. So here's our final quiz for Geography Awareness Week, with questions prepared by our own Tom Skilling -- and good luck!

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  • 1. What is a winter storm watch?

    • A. An alert issued 12 to 36 hours in advance of a winter storm.

    • B. An alert issued when signs of the onset of heavy snow, sleet, widespread freezing rain or a combination of these elements warrant concern.

    • C. An alert that indicates warnings for winter weather may become necessary.

    • D. All of the above.

  • 2. What does "northeast" wind mean?

    • A. The wind blows from the northeast.

    • B. The wind blows toward the northeast.

    • C. The wind originates over the Northeast.

    • D. The wind occurs only in the Northeast.

  • 3. What is the difference between freezing rain and sleet?

    • A. Freezing rain turns to ice when it hits the ground, and sleet is frozen raindrops.

    • B. Freezing rain falls only in thunderstorms.

    • C. Freezing rain turns into sleet.

    • D. All of the above.

  • 4. Which of these choices apply to relative humidity?

    • A. It's not always 100 percent when it rains.

    • B. Expressed as a percentage, it's the ratio of the amount of water vapor actually in the air compared to the amount the air can hold at its temperature and pressure.

    • C. It's measured by a hygrometer.

    • D. All of the above.

  • 5. What does wind-chill temperature refer to?

    • A. The combination it takes to freeze a car's radiator.

    • B. The effect of wind and temperature on human skin.

    • C. A mathematical formula.

    • D. All of the above.