Practice test questions Hurricanes Ch 15

 

 

 

____ 1. Which of the following is not true concerning an easterly wave?

a.

moves from east to west

b.

has converging winds on its western side

c.

showers and thunderstorms may be found on its eastern side

d.

indicates a region of lower-than-average pressure

 

 

____ 2. Suppose the eye of a hurricane passed directly over you, and you survived the experience. If winds were from the northeast as the eyewall first approached you, from what direction did the winds blow when the eyewall reached you the second time?

a.

NW

b.

NE

c.

SE

d.

SW

 

 

____ 3. In the Northern Hemisphere, hurricanes and middle latitude cyclones are similar in that both:

a.

have surface weather fronts

b.

intensify with increasing height above the ground

c.

have winds that blow counterclockwise around their centers

d.

will generally move from west to east

 

 

____ 4. Most hurricanes have fronts.

a.

True

b.

False

 

 

____ 5. The strongest winds in a hurricane are found:

a.

at the center of the storm

b.

in the eye wall

c.

in the rain bands

d.

at upper levels, above the center of the hurricane

e.

near the periphery of the hurricane

 

 

____ 6. Although much is not yet understood about hurricanes, meteorologists have a reasonably complete understanding of how hurricanes form.

a.

true

b.

false

 

 

____ 7. Hurricanes do not form:

a.

along the ITCZ

b.

along the equator

c.

with an easterly wave

d.

when the trade wind inversion is weak

e.

when the surface water temperature exceeds 25 oC

 

 

____ 8. The main source of energy for a hurricane is the:

a.

upper-level jet stream

b.

rising of warm air and sinking of cold air in the vicinity of weather fronts

c.

warm ocean water and release of latent heat of condensation

d.

ocean currents and tides

 

 

____ 9. Which below is not an atmospheric condition conducive to the formation of hurricanes?

a.

a region of converging surface winds at the surface

b.

warm water

c.

strong upper-level winds

d.

cold air aloft

e.

moist, humid surface air

 

 

____ 10. Which of the following areas in the United States would most likely experience thunderstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes during the course of one year?

a.

Pacific Coast states

b.

New England states

c.

Gulf Coast states

d.

Great Plains states

 

 

____ 11. Hurricanes that move into India and Australia are usually called ____ in this part of the world.

a.

Typhoons

b.

hurricanes

c.

Cyclones

d.

extratropical cyclones

 

 

____ 12. The hurricane path shown in the figure below suggests the storm is moving around a center of ____ pressure.

 

a.

Low

b.

High

c.

can't determine from the information given.

 

 

____ 13. Hurricanes have strong divergence at their tops.

a.

True

b.

False