Earth Science: Hurricanes

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Questions on this quiz are based on information from
Earth Science: Hurricanes.

1. Where do hurricanes form?
a. Over warm waters in the ocean
b. Over flat areas of land
c. On high mountains
d. At the north and south poles
e. Inside large thunderstorms

2. What are hurricanes that form in the Indian Ocean sometimes called?
a. Twisters
b. Cyclones
c. Tornadoes
d. Typhoons
e. Whirlwinds

3. What is the area of low pressure at the center of a hurricane called?
a. Midpoint
b. Ear
c. Medial
d. Eye
e. Midway

4. Where is the most dangerous part of the hurricane with the highest speed winds?
a. Outer edge
b. The top
c. Eye
d. The bottom
e. Eye wall

5. What is the minimum sustained wind speed a tropical storm must have to be called a hurricane?
a. 50 mph
b. 74 mph
c. 100 mph
d. 125 mph
e. 155 mph

6. What do we call the large spirally bands of rain that are generated from a hurricane?
a. Hail
b. Storm surge
c. Rainbands
d. Eye walls
e. Rainbows

7. True or False: Hurricanes can grow to over 600 miles wide and 9 miles tall.

8. What is 'storm surge'?
a. When hurricanes drop large amounts of rain on small area
b. When the top of the hurricane rises high into the atmosphere
c. When the hurricane makes landfall
d. When the sea level rises at the coastline due to a hurricane
e. When the hurricane generates a large number of thunderstorms

9. How do hurricanes cause damage when they make landfall?
a. Flooding
b. High speed winds
c. Storm surge
d. Tornadoes
e. All of the above

10. If a hurricane had sustained winds of 80 mph and was 700 miles in diameter, what category of hurricane would it be?
a. Category 1
b. Category 2
c. Category 3
d. Category 4
e. Category 5

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