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Quiz answers

Here are the answers from our earlier quiz.

Which one of these revolving weather systems is the smallest – hurricane, typhoon, tropical cyclone, tornado? Tornado
Aside of the amusing reference popularized by Frank Zappa, what is the usual cause of a large-scale ‘yellow snow’ weather effect seen in certain parts of the world? Pollen
What is the line on a weather chart which joins points of equal pressure? Isobar
What colour of a single rainbow is on the inside of the rainbow’s arc, given the generally defined seven-colour rainbow? Violet
Who invented the mercury thermometer? Daniel Gabriel Farenheit
Okta is a unit of measurement of what? Cloud cover
What common term refers to the amount of water vapour that is held in the air? Humidity
Treasure Island author Robert Louis Stevenson’s father was responsible for what significant weather-related invention? The Stevenson Screen
What shipping forecast area lies immediately South of Forties off the British Isles? Dogger
What common term refers to the movement of air from a high pressure to a low pressure zone? Wind
What is O3 (O followed by the number 3, usually shown in sub-script)? Ozone
What wind speed limit applies for setting athletics sprinting and jumping records? Two metres per second
What were all girls from 1953 to 1979, and thereafter alternating boys and girls? Names of tropical storms or hurricanes
What is the circulating Atlantic ocean current which warms Western Europe? The Gulf Stream
What’s the more exotic name of the ‘Northern Lights’ visible under certain conditions in the Northern Hemisphere night sky? Aurora Borealis
What is a haboob? A sandstorm
What is the childlike name given to the significant weather activity linked to sea temperature rise in the Pacific Ocean? El Nino
What are the narrow bands of strong winds called which move around the world between about six and twelve miles high? Jet Streams
What is the unit of measurement of wind speed? Knot
What is the ‘ology’ term for the study or science of the weather (that’s short-term weather systems and effects, not long-term climatology)? Meteorology 


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