SAMPLE TEST QUESTIONS                        SURVEY OF METEOROLOGY                   CH 5


1. Dew is most likely to form on:

     a.  clear, calm nights

     b.  cloudy, calm nights

     c.  clear, windy nights

     d.  cloudy, windy nights

     e.  rainy nights


2. Suppose it is a winter night and at about 11 pm the air cools to the dew-point temperature and a thick radiation fog develops. If the air continues to cool during the night, in 5 hours the dew point temperature will probably:

     a.  decrease as the air becomes drier

     b.  decrease as the air becomes moister

     c.  increase as the air becomes drier

     d.  increase as the air becomes moister


3. Condensation nuclei are important in the atmosphere because:

     a.  they provide most of the minerals found in water

     b.  they make it easier for condensation to occur in the atmosphere

     c.  they are the sole producers of smog

     d.  they filter out sunlight

     e.  they provide the only means we have of tracking wind motions


 4. Which statement(s) below is(are) correct?

     a.  valleys are more susceptible to radiation fog than hill tops

     b.  without the summer fog along the coast of California, redwoods would not  grow well there

     c.  fog can be composed of ice crystals

     d.  all of the above are correct


5. The fog that forms along the Pacific coastline of North America is mainly this type:

     a.  radiation fog

     b.  upslope fog

     c.  frontal fog

     d.  advection fog

     e.  steam fog


 6. If fog is forming at Denver, Colorado, and the wind is blowing from the east, then the fog is most likely:

     a.  advection fog

     b.  frontal fog

     c.  upslope fog

     d.  radiation fog


7. Which association below is not correct?

     a.  cirrocumulus - high cloud

     b.  cumulus - cloud of vertical extent

     c.  altostratus - high cloud

     d.  stratus - low cloud


8. Which association below is not correct?

     a.  cirrocumulus - layer cloud

     b.  cumulonimbus - thunderstorm

     c.  stratocumulus - low cloud

     d.  cirrostratus - ice cloud


9. In middle latitudes, which cloud will have the highest base?

     a.  cirrostratus

     b.  cumulonimbus

     c.  altostratus

     d.  cumulus


10. A halo around the moon means that:

     a.  cirrostratus clouds are present

     b.  the clouds overhead are low clouds

     c.  rain is falling from the clouds overhead

     d.  the clouds are composed of water droplets


11. The cloud with the greatest vertical growth is:

     a.  cumulus congestus

     b.  cumulus humilis

     c.  cumulonimbus

     d.  cirrocumulus


12. Which term below describes a situation in which clouds cover between one-tenth and five-tenths of the sky?

     a.  scattered

     b.  broken

     c.  overcast

     d.  obscured


13. Geostationary satellites:

     a.  orbit the earth once each day

     b.  remain above a fixed spot above the equator

     c.  are placed in higher orbits than most polar orbiting satellites

     d.  all of the above