Friday, February 4, 2011

Stormy Friday quiz with Omnifile

Ejiri by Hiroshige Ando
With Australia being battered by storms and severe weather fronts sweeping across the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere, today's quiz is all about storms. You will find all the answers to today's quiz in the Readers' Guide database in Omnifile (search for storms), or wait until later today when we will tweet them. 

(Pictures come from Art Museum Image Gallery.)

1) Before the private-sector organization AirDat began using its wallet-sized, airplane-mounted Tropospheric Airborne Meteorological Data Reporting sensors, how was atmospheric data usually gathered?
a) Weather balloons released twice a day.
b) Sensors on top of tall buildings and high mountain peaks.
c) Gases collected from rainwater.

2) According to Greg Carbin of the Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma, what is considered "good advance notice" of where a tornado will strike?
a) It is impossible to give advance notice.
b) 2 - 3 hours.
c) 20 - 40 minutes.

Payaguas Indians of Paraguay scare off a hurricane
3) Which year of the 21st century saw an unprecedented number of storms during the Atlantic storm season, including 27 named storms, 15 hurricanes, 3 Category 5 storms, and the most intense storm ever recorded in the Atlantic basin?
a) 2005
b) 2001
c) 2009

4) What is a lahar?
a) A glacier that is suddenly melting due to climate change.
b) A massive debris flood that can make changes to the landscape.
c) A large boulder that has been dislodged by a storm.

5) When did meteorologists start assigning unique names to hurricanes?
a) The turn of the 20th century.
b) During the cold war.
c) World War II.