Quiz: Do you know Chicago winters?

Frank Wachowski of WGN contributed to this quiz.

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  • 1. What is the record low for Chicago?

    • A. -16

    • B. -27

    • C. -40

  • 2. What is the biggest snowfall to date?

    • A. 23 inches

    • B. 36 inches

    • C. 39 inches

  • 3. What year(s) was the snowiest in Chicago?

    • A. 1945 - the year the Billy Goat put its curse on the Chicago Cubs.

    • B. 1978-79

    • C. 2003-04

  • 4. What month holds the coldest average temperature?

    • A. December

    • B. January

    • C. February

  • 5. What is the most consecutive days of snowfall?

    • A. 6 nights, 7 days

    • B. 13 days

    • C. 2 weeks

  • 6. What is the biggest recorded wind gust?

    • A. 87 m.p.h.

    • B. There has never been a recorded wind gust in Chicago.

    • C. The record is broken every day. Why else call it the "Windy City"?

  • 7. What is the lowest recorded wind chill?

    • A. 1 degree above zero

    • B. -32

    • C. -93

  • 8. What is the definition of a blizzard?

    • A. A frosty dessert served at Dairy Queen best eaten in the summertime.

    • B. A period of frenzy surrounding a significant snowfall in the Great Plains and upper Midwest region of the United States.

    • C. A winter storm with 35 m.p.h. or higher winds with sufficient falling and/or blowing snow to reduce visibility below 1/4 mile for at least three hours.

  • 9. What is an Alberta Clipper?

    • A. A fast-moving low pressure system that sweeps southeast from Alberta, Canada, to the Midwest.

    • B. A ship that sunk in Lake Superior during an ice storm in 1979.

    • C. A snow storm named after a famous forecaster with the last name Alberta.

  • 10. Define lake-effect snow.

    • A. Snow that falls over a body of water only.

    • B. Snow that forms from evaporated lake water.

    • C. Snow that forms on the downwind side of large lakes.

  • 11. One to warm you up: What is the hottest temperature recorded for Chicago?

    • A. 106 degrees

    • B. 120 degrees

    • C. 126 degrees