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100 Weather Trivia Questions To Give You Something To Talk About

Awkward conversations about the weather are a human curse. But we decided to make a fascinating weather quiz, so you have fun the next time you talk about the weather.

Do you know the name for a giant tropical storm? If you do, can you name the center of a hurricane? Do you remember when Hurricane Katrina occurred? Because you could be thinking 2012, but that was Hurricane Sandy

You may think it is hot this summer, but do you know what the highest temperature recorded on earth is? We’ll give you only two guesses. If you are only surviving summer and cannot wait for winter, you probably know what the lowest recorded temperature on earth is. Or maybe you don’t. Can you see that weather is a fun and detailed topic of conversation? We have many more weather trivia questions and answers below for your next conversation filler.

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Which of these can put out a fire?

All Of These

Throwing Blanket On It

Throwing Sand On It

Throwing Water On It

Which is the cloud type highest in altitude?

Stratus

Nimbus

Cirrus

Cumulus

Coming in at over 1 inch, where in 1893 recorded the most rainfall ever in Britain in a 5 minutes period?

Braemar

Chester

Preston

Bristol

Low pressure is usually associated with what type of weather?

Cloudy and rain

Lightening

Sunshine

Heat waves

Standing in the Northern Hemisphere with wind on your back, where’s the low pressure?

To your left

Infront of you

Behind you

To your right

Which of these cloud types appear in the sky between 5,000m and 13,000m?

Cumulus

Cirrostratus

Stratocumulus

Altocumulus

In each minute around the world, what is experienced 6,000 times?

Avalanche

Hailstorm

Rainbow

Lightning strike

Approximately how many volts of static electricity does a lightning flash produce?

Ten billion

One billion

One hundred million

Ten million

Which of these is the safest position to adopt if you are in danger of being struck by lightning?

Tucked crouch

Lying in a star shape

Standing on one leg

Upright with arms by side

In degrees Celsius, what ‘wind chill’ drop in temperature does a wind of 10 knots result in?

10

1

2

5

Precipitation is a term referring to which material?

Fire

Stone

Water

Air

Which country destroyed its own weather satellite in 2007?

China

Luxembourg

Russia

USA

Which direction do a cyclone’s winds blow in Kansas?

Straight

Counter clockwise

Clockwise

Square

When the weather is significantly different from the average it is known as what?

Extreme weather

Good weather

Bad weather

Sunny weather

Most weather takes place in the what?

Troposphere

Stratosphere

Introsphere

Exosphere

What do we call the study of the weather?

Rainology

Cometology

Meteorology

Weatherology

On average, how many lightning strikes a year does London experience?

4200

420

4.2

42

Lake Okeechobee Hurricane devasted the US in which year?

1956

1928

1657

1990

Which of these climatic zones does Great Britain come into?

Dry grassland

Temperate forest

Mountain region

Mediterranean

The Soloviev-Imamura scale is used to measure what?

Earthquake intensity

Wind intensity

Tsunami intensity

Hurricane intensity

How many points are there on a snowflake?

12

5

6

10

What would you use a ceilometer to record?

Mountain height

Sea level

Cloud height

Rain level

Which of these is NOT a type of cloud?

Cumulus

Cirrus

Cumulonimbus

Claudius

What was the name given to the hurricane that hit North Carolina in September 2000?

Clyde

Floyd

Derek

Graham

What was the most powerful solar storm in history, recorded in 1859, called?

The Mullen event

The Campbell event

The Dangerfield event

The Carrington event

What is a descriptive term for gusty winds that accompany cold weather?

Calm

Blustery

Cold

Hot

Aneroid or Torricellian are used by weatherman, what are they?

Barometers

Hygrometers

Altimeter

Hydrometers

Cuba-Florida Hurricane devasted the US in which year?

1944

1990

1989

2012

Trying to predict the weather is known as weather what?

Procasting

Pastcasting

Forecasting

Midcasting

The device called a baroscope is used to measure what?

Wind Speed

Specific gravity

Atmospheric pressure

Capillary action

Which of these is NOT the name of a wind?

Leveche

Samoon

Harmattan

Urtico

What forms when a tornado runs over water?

Typhoon

Waterspout

Whirlpool

Thunderstorm

Which weather phenomenon has never been recorded in Singapore?

Snow

Thunder

Sunshine

Rainbow

What color appears in the middle of a rainbow?

Orange

Blue

Green

Indigo

What is the highest surface wind speed ever recorded?

249 mph

285 mph

231 mph

304 mph

Which country experiences the most tornadoes?

USA

India

China

Nepal

Which is the safest place to be during a tornado?

Up a tree

Under a tree

In a ditch

In a car

What name is given to the prevailing winds that are found in the Earth’s equatorial region?

Doldrums

Roaring forties

Westerlies

Trade winds

When the Sun shines on water droplets in the air what is seen?

A river

A pot of gold

A rainbow

A hailstorm

According to the Beaufort Scale, what speed must a wind reach to be classified as a hurricane?

74mph

84mph

89mph

79mph

When the weather is significantly different from the average it is known as

Good weather

Sunny weather

Bad weather

Extreme weather

Nacreous and Noctilucent are forms of which weather formation?

Rainbow

Thunderstorm

Cloud

Sunset

What in meteorology is measured in Okats?

Cloud cover

Sea level

Thunderstorm

Sun

Where is the safest place to be during a winter storm?

Up a tree

Inside

On top of a building

Outside

What was the first mobile tornado tracking device called?

TURTLE

TOTO

VORTEX

DOROTHY

What is the name of a river of air found 6-8 miles above the surface and that can blow as fast as 200 mph?

Isotherm

Gulf Stream

Jet Stream

Net Stream

Many people believe extremes of weather are caused by what?

Low temperatures

High wind

Climate change

High snowfall

What name is given to the phenomenon of tiny drops of water condensing on cold objects near the ground?

Fog

Frost

Hail

Dew

In the Northern Hemisphere, an air mass from the South brings what characteristics?

Desert

Tropical

Forest

Tundra

The fastest tornado winds in the US were recorded where?

Texas

Florida

Utah

West Virginia

What name is given to the center of a hurricane?

Mouth

Nose

Eye

Ear

What is the collective term for rain, snow, hail and sleet?

Typhoon

Hurricane

Precipitation

Monsoon

Which two words best describe the climate in the tropical rainforest zone?

Mild and wet

Cool and wet

Mild and dry

Hot and wet

Which of these weather phenomena is caused by slope, precipitation and instability ?

Tornado

Avalanche

Typhoon

Hurricane

What number would a ‘moderate breeze’ be on the Beaufort scale?

5

4

8

6

On a weather chart, if the isobars are close together, what sort of weather can be expected?

Blustery

Freezing

Calm

Thundery

What is directly caused by the unequal heating of the atmosphere by the sun?

Thunder

Fog

Wind

Frost

Hurricane Camille devasted the US in which year?

1901

1876

1969

1954

For how many years have parts of the Chilean Atacama desert been without rain?

100

400

200

600

Weather occurs in which of the Earth’s spheres?

Lithosphere

Stratosphere

Biosphere

Atmosphere

Which of these UK cities gets the most rain in a year?

London

Edinburgh

Cardiff

Belfast

Weather is made up of temperature, precipitation, wind and what else?

Rock pressure

Water pressure

Internal pressure

Air pressure

Which two weather conditions are needed to form a rainbow?

Fog And Snow

Sun And Rain

Hail And Wind

Wind And Rain

The rising of what in the Eastern sky marks the start of each day?

Sun

Dark Matter

Smoke

Sulphuric Vapours

Which country contains the world’s hottest place, Daliol, where the average daily temperature is 94 degrees Fahrenheit?

Italy

Pakistan

Ethiopia

New Zealand

Which phenomena does the Beaufort scale measure?

Humidity

Wind speed

Sea depth

Earthquake

At what height above ground do meteorologists measure standard temperatures?

0m 6s

0m 30s

1m 30s

3m

What is the difference between a hurricane and typhoon?

Where they are

What they are

When they form

How they form

Which of these cloud types appear in the sky between 0 and 2,000m?

Cirrus

Stratocumulus

Altocumulus

Altostratus

Which weather phenomenon is set off by giant thunderclouds called ‘supercells’?

Tornado

Lightning

Cyclone

Rainbow

On the Beaufort scale, which of these measurements is synonymous with a hurricane?

7

12

15

20

At what speed does a wind become hurricane force?

53 mph

33 mph

93 mph

73 mph

An anemometer is used to measure what?

Rainfall

Wind speed

Wave speed

River length

Which sort of clouds produce hail?

Cumulonimbus

Cirrocumulus

Stratocumuls

Altocumulus

What is the greatest amount of rainfall in one day, occurring on Reunion Island in 1952?

7.4 inches

74 inches

740 inches

0.74 inches

Regular cycles of weather changes are known as what?

Atmosphere

Temperature

Seasons

Climate

Maps summarizing atmospheric conditions in a wide area at any time is called a what?

Climate Graph

Chi Squared Test

Synoptic Chart

Hypothesis

If you suffer from nephophobia, which weather phenomenon do you fear?

Rainbows

Thunder

Sunlight

Clouds

Which of the following occurs with all thunderstorms?

Snow

Lightning

Rainbows

Hail

In which of these years did the UK undergo a long drought in the summer?

1976

1972

1974

1978

What happens to the atmospheric pressure on the approach of a cold front?

It stays the same

It cools

It rises

It falls

Where would you experience a Downburst?

On a mountain

In a hail storm

Under the sea

Under a thunderstorm

What weather condition does a black ball indicate on a synoptic chart?

Fog

Rain

Sleet

Rain

What is the term for to the average weather conditions in a particular location?

Temperate

Climate

Temperature

Ecosystem

What is the scientific name for the clouds popularly known as ‘mackerel sky’?

Cirroccumulus

Altocumulus

Cirrostratus

Cumulonimbus

In a weather forecast, if the wind is ‘veering’, how is it changing?

Increasing In Speed

Moving Clockwise

Becoming Colder

Reducing In Speed

What is weather like close to the equator?

Hot

Snowy

Cold

Frosty

In which country is the rainiest place in the world?

China

India

USA

New Zealand

When the ground temperature falls below freezing and ice forms, what is it called?

Sun

Thunder

Hail

Frost

Which weather phenomenon does the USA experience on average 730 times a year?

Hurricanes

Rainbows

Tornadoes

Lightning strikes

A wind at force 10 on the Beaufort scale can have what effect on trees?

Moves large branches

Rustles leaves

Breaks twigs

Uproots them

Which of these weather phenomena is caused by rapidly expanding air?

Rainbow

Thunder

Lightning

Waterspout

What will a direct lightning strike probably do to a person?

Scare Them

Nothing

Give Them A Light Jolt

Kill Them

Which of these weather phenomena is caused by slope, precipitation and instability ?

Hurricane

Avalanche

Typhoon

Tornado

Which of these devices measures wind speed?

Chronometer

Avometer

Anemometer

Barometer

In degrees Celsius, what was England’s lowest ever recorded temperature?

-22

-14

-18

-26

Which is not a region where tropical storms develop?

Cape Horn

Eastern Pacific

Indian Ocean

Bay of Bengal

What will lightning tend to strike first?

The Narrowest Thing

The Tallest Thing

The Widest Thing

The Shortest Thing

In which year was England’s highest ever temperature recorded?

1948

2003

1976

1963

Which of the following is anticipated to be a consequence of global warming?

More severe weather

Fewer rivers

More rainbows

More Earthquakes

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