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HIGH SCORES

Rank Name Score
1st JCS 28
2nd YUH 28
3rd TKG 28
4th Ajb 27
5th ksp 25
6th bbb 24
7th GOO 23
8th ome 17
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QUIZZES // Tropical storms/cyclones

Q1. Which of the following is the best description of a tropical storm/cyclone?

A high-pressure system characterised by strong winds and drought.

A low-pressure system characterised by strong winds and heavy rainfall.

A high-pressure system characterised by strong winds and tornadoes.

A low-pressure system characterised by strong winds and drought.

Q2. What is the minimum temperature at which the ocean must be for a tropical storm/cyclone to form?

24-25°C

26-27°C

28-29°C

30-31°C

Q3. Which of the following describes the ideal conditions for a tropical storm/cyclone to form?

Cool oceans, at the Equator, high wind shear, where winds converge

Warm oceans, between 5° and 30° latitude, high wind shear, where winds converge

Warm oceans, between 5° and 30° latitude, low wind shear, where winds converge

Warm oceans, between 5° and 30° latitude, low wind shear, where winds diverge

Q4. Which of the following has the highest wind speed?

Tropical cyclones

Tropical depressions

Tropical storms

Super typhoons

Q5. Which of the following has the lowest wind speed?

Tropical cyclones

Tropical depressions

Tropical storms

Super typhoons

Q6. What are the three main hazards associated with tropical storms/cyclones?

Storm surge, heavy rain, strong winds

Storm rain, strong surge, heavy winds

Surging rain, windy surges, strong heavies

Storm fall, light rain, gentle winds

Q7. What is wind shear?

Where winds are close to the ground

Where winds are powerful

Where winds blow across one another

Where winds are weak

Q8. How far from the Equator is the Coriolis effect strong enough such that tropical storms can develop?

350km

450km

550km

650km

Q9. Which of the following statements about tropical storms/cyclones is TRUE?

They spin clockwise in the southern hemisphere.

Tornadoes are another name for tropical storms.

They spin anti-clockwise in the southern hemisphere

The Coriolis Effect enables them to become tall

Q10. Which of the following is one of the ways a storm surge can occur?

Rain-driven surge

Wind-driven surge

Coriolis-driven surge

Latitude-driven surge

Q11. Which part of the tropical cyclone is calmest?

Rotation

Eye

Eye wall

Rain bands

Q12. Which part of the tropical cyclone has the strongest wind speed?

Rotation

Eye

Eye wall

Rain bands

Q13. Which of the following phrases is used to describe when tropical storms reach land?

Hit rock

Arrive

Get home

Make landfall

Q14. Which of the following about the Coriolis effect is FALSE?

The Coriolis effect is the main reason why tropical storms/cyclones ‘spin’

The Coriolis effect causes tropical storms/cyclones to spin anti-clockwise in the southern hemisphere.

The Earth spins faster at the Equator than at higher latitudes such as 30°N.

The Coriolis effect causes tropical storms/cyclones to spin anti-clockwise in the northern hemisphere.

Q15. At what latitudes do tropical storms/cyclones mainly form?

5° to 30° N and S

0° to 30° N and S

5° to 45° N and S

0° to 45° N and S

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