Thunderstorms MCQ Questions and Answers Quiz

11. On average, which ocean basin produces the most hurricanes per year?

  1. Western North Pacific (near southeast Asia) where they are called typhoons
  2. Eastern North Pacific (off Mexico Coast)
  3. North Atlantic Ocean
  4. Western South Pacific (near Australia) where they are called severe tropical cyclones

12. On average, which weather phenomenon is responsible for the most deaths in the United States per year?

  1. Hurricanes
  2. Lightning
  3. Tornadoes
  4. Heat Waves

13. Single-cell thunderstorms only last about one hour and begin to dissipate when

  1. lightning neutralizes all the electrical charge in the cloud
  2. all the precipitation particles in the cloud turn to ice
  3. downdrafts spread throughout the cloud and cut off updrafts
  4. solar heating at the ground begins to decrease

14. The average number of people in the U.S. who are killed by extreme weather events each year is about the same as the number who are killed in vehicle accidents

  1. True Statement
  2. False Statement

15. The greatest number of thunderstorms per year occurs over which area of the Earth?

  1. Tropical oceans
  2. Mount Everest
  3. Tropical land areas
  4. Polar regions

16. The inside of a car provides a relatively safe shelter from a tornado

  1. True Statement
  2. False Statement

17. The inside of a car provides a relatively safe shelter from lightning

  1. True Statement
  2. False Statement

18. The NY Times article Most Deadly of Natural Disasters: the Heat Wave reports a death toll of.....................people from the 1995 Chicago heat wave. In comparison, this is...................people than died in the infamous Chicago Fire of 1871

  1. 7000 - 8000; more
  2. 7000 - 8000; less
  3. 700 - 800; more
  4. 700 - 800; less

19. The peak in the Atlantic hurricane season occurs during which month?

  1. May
  2. July
  3. September
  4. November

20. The stratospheric ozone hole occurs

  1. over Antarctica during the Northern Hemisphere spring (April-June)
  2. over Antarctica during the Southern Hemisphere spring (Sept-Nov)
  3. everywhere on Earth during the Southern Hemisphere spring (Sept-Nov)
  4. everywhere on Earth during the Northern Hemisphere spring (April-June)
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