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Extreme Weather Quiz


  1. Which slang term for a tornado is also a 1996 film about storm chasing?
  2. In meteorology, what is haar?
  3. In the North Atlantic Ocean they are called hurricanes but what is the same type of disturbance called in the Northwest Pacific Ocean?

  4. True or false. Lightning is hotter than the surface of the Sun?
  5. What term describes a severe snowstorm with strong sustained winds typically lasting three hours or more?
  6. What name is given to the persistent high-pressure region in the atmosphere of Jupiter, which is the largest storm in our solar system?
  7. Name the month and year which marked a milestone in UK climate history, with 40 degrees Celsius being recorded for the first time ever?
  8. Which clouds are associated with extreme weather such as lightening and torrential downpours?
  9. According to the World Meteorological Organization, Yuma is the sunniest place on earth. In which country is Yuma?
  10. What was the name of the hurricane that damaged the city of New Orleans and its surrounding areas in August 2005?
  11. Which weatherman infamously declared that a hurricane was NOT going to hit the UK in October 1987 hours before one caused devastation across the country?
  12. Which year in the UK in the 1970s was noted for its heatwave?
  13. What name was given to the period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged agriculture in North America during the 1930s?
  14. On April 14, 1986, Bangladesh was struck by what sort of weather that left 92 people dead?
  15. The Atacama Desert, known as the driest place on Earth, is in which country?
  16. Name the Mediterranean wind that comes from the Sahara and can reach hurricane speeds in Southern Europe and North Africa?
  17. In the rules of golf what type of bad weather is the only weather which players may stop play on their own accord?
  18. Monsoons are most often associated with which ocean?
  19. What term meaning "the coil of a snake" was coined by Henry Piddington who published 40 papers dealing with tropical storms in India between 1836 and 1855?
  20. What name refers to the unusual warming of surface waters in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean?
  21. What name describes the weather phenomenon in which a persistent blue glow sometimes appears near pointy objects during storms?


  1. Twister
  2. A sea fog
  3. Typhoon
  4. True (five times hotter)
  5. Blizzard
  6. The Great Red Spot
  7. July 2022
  8. Cumulonimbus clouds
  9. USA (in the state of Arizona)
  10. Hurricane Katrina
  11. Michael Fish
  12. 1976
  13. The Dust Bowl
  14. Hailstones
  15. Chile
  16. Sirocco
  17. Lightning
  18. Indian Ocean
  19. Cyclone
  20. El Nino
  21. St. Elmo's fire