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Welcome to our Wind Quiz - 25 questions all about the Beaufort scale and wind!

Quiz I

  1. Name the famous sandstorm prevalent in the Sudan region of Africa?
  2. Named after an Indian tribe, which strong wind sweeps over the Rocky Mountain States? This wind is also the name of a military helicopter.
  3. Windmills are regarded an icon of which country's culture?
  4. Name the famous cold and dry strong wind in southern France that blows towards the Mediterranean Sea?
  5. What are hurricane-level storms that occur in the Northwest Pacific called?
  6. What common name given to a tornado is also the name of a well known game?

  7. What number is a 'category 1' hurricane on the Beaufort scale?
  8. If windward is the direction upwind, what name is given to the direction downwind?
  9. In meteorology, what are short bursts of high speed wind called?
  10. Starting with the letter 's' what are strong winds of intermediate duration called?
  11. What is the four letter Chinese word for wind?
  12. Taking its four-letter name from the word for 'north-wind' what wind is felt throughout the Adriatic Sea?
  13. What name is given to the conical textile tube that is used as a basic guide to wind direction and speed?
  14. Mr 'Windy' Miller, who keeps Colley's Mill, appears in every episode of which 1960's British children's TV series?
  15. As of January 2020, the largest offshore wind farm in the world is off the coast of which country?
  16. On the Beaufort scale a 'moderate breeze' has the number 4 and a 'strong breeze' the number 6 - what sort of breeze is represented by the number 5?
  17. A common weather station instrument, what is the name of a device used for measuring wind speed and direction?
  18. What name is given to the wind-free area around the equator where sailing ships struggled with the windless waters?
  19. Can you name the famous Mediterranean wind that comes from the Sahara and often reaches hurricane speeds?
  20. What is the literal meaning of the Japanese word kamikaze? We need two words.
  21. The Santa Ana winds are strong, dry downslope winds that affect which American state?
  22. What does the U.S. National Weather Service define as 34–47 knots of sustained surface winds?
  23. The Fujita scale is a scale for rating the intensity of what?
  24. What term was first used in English in British India and referred to the big seasonal winds blowing from the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea which brought heavy rainfall to the area?
  25. Which weatherman said before the Great Storm of 1987 broke: "Earlier on today, apparently, a woman rang the BBC and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way. Well, if you're watching, don't worry, there isn't!"?


  1. The haboob
  2. Chinook
  3. Netherlands or Holland
  4. Mistral
  5. Typhoons
  6. Twister
  7. 12 (the highest number on the UK Beaufort scale)
  8. Leeward
  9. Gusts
  10. Squalls
  11. Feng (Feng shui translates to wind-water)
  12. Bora (boreas means 'north-wind')
  13. Windsock
  14. Camberwick Green
  15. United Kingdom or England (Hornsea 1)
  16. Fresh breeze
  17. Anemometer
  18. The doldrums

  19. Sirocco
  20. Divine wind
  21. California
  22. A gale
  23. Tornadoes
  24. Monsoon
  25. Michael Fish