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Quiz about It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
Quiz about It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night Quiz


... and that ominous line will lead to ten historical hurricanes for you to recognize.

A multiple-choice quiz by reedy. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
reedy
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
354,359
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
644
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Linda_Arizona (9/10), Guest 75 (7/10), Guest 120 (6/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. It was a dark and stormy night, and many residents of New Jersey had already evacuated their homes, but some had stayed behind, perhaps worried about the security of their Hallowe'en candy. Atlantic City's famous boardwalk was smashed to smithereens as Sandy struck land. It had to be rebuilt. Had it ever been destroyed before?


Question 2 of 10
2. It was a dark and stormy night as the Category 1 hurricane they had named Katrina crossed over Florida. Three days later it peaked as a Category 5 hurricane while over the Gulf of Mexico, lessening only slightly to a strong Category 3 before striking Louisiana on August 29th and devastating the city of New Orleans and the surrounding countryside. In what year did this horrible tragedy occur? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. It was a dark and stormy night as the first hurricane of 1992 formed in late August. It reached Category 5, ravaged the Bahamas and parts of Florida before making land again near Morgan City, Louisiana. Well before it weakened over Mississippi, everyone knew this hurricane's name. What was it? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. It was a dark and stormy night in Jamaica in 1988, with winds screaming, debris flying, and trees being flattened. The record-setting hurricane intensified to Category 5 by the time it attacked the Yucatan Peninsula and subsequently mainland Mexico. What "G" hurricane was it? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. It was a dark and stormy night - actually it was a lot of dark and stormy nights. Donna set a record for holding 'major hurricane status' the longest - she maintained windspeeds of at least 115 mph for nine days while wandering a total of 16 days before downgrading to an extratropical storm. Donna must have taken a lot of attention away from the Summer Olympics in Rome! In what year did this happen? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. It was a dark and stormy night in August of 1955 when Hurricane Connie hit the North Carolina coast. The Category 3 hurricane was not overly spectacular - minimal damage and no deaths reported. But only five days later another (Category 1) hurricane landed in the same area. Combining the two of them, however, brought upwards of 32 inches of rainfall, causing massive flooding. What was the name of the second hurricane? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. It was a dark and stormy night at sea. The war effort was going well, with D-Day having occurred just three months previously. The effects of 'The Great Atlantic Hurricane' were as devastating as a German U-boat attack - two US Coast Guard cutters, a destroyer, a minesweeper, and one other light ship sank - 344 souls in all. What year was it?

Answer: (4-digit Year)
Question 8 of 10
8. It was a dark and stormy night in 1938 when the New England Hurricane struck with little warning. The first major hurricane to hit New England since 1869, this storm was first noticed in the Atlantic on September 13th, and generally stayed out to sea. On the 21st it was 100 miles east of Cape Hatteras when it suddenly accelerated to over 60 miles per hour, hitting Long Island and Connecticut that afternoon as a Category 3 hurricane. By what name did this hurricane become known? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. It was a dark and stormy night in mid-September of 1928 when Puerto Rico was struck with the full force of a Category 5 hurricane. It had not started there, and it did not end there... the Leeward Islands, the Bahamas and Florida were also heavily hit with a loss of life exceeding 4,000! One name for the hurricane was San Felipe Segundo, after the feast of San Felipe that was interrupted because of the storm. What was the other, named for the large lake in south Florida that breached its dike, flooding hundreds of square miles of land in the area? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. It was a dark and stormy night ... and devastating. This turn-of-the-century hurricane claimed more than 8,000 lives, holding the record as the deadliest natural disaster to strike the United States in the 20th century. What coastal Texas city experienced the brunt of this Category 4 hurricane?

Answer: (Named for Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid)

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1. It was a dark and stormy night, and many residents of New Jersey had already evacuated their homes, but some had stayed behind, perhaps worried about the security of their Hallowe'en candy. Atlantic City's famous boardwalk was smashed to smithereens as Sandy struck land. It had to be rebuilt. Had it ever been destroyed before?

Answer: Yes

The famous boardwalk was first built in 1870, but hurricanes in 1884, 1889 and 1944 (and, more recently, 2012), required the boardwalk to be replaced. Originally, the boardwalk was 10 feet wide in 12-foot sections that were dismantled and stored during the winter months. By the 21st century, the much more permanent structure extended six miles along the coast with a width of 60 feet.

When Hurricane Sandy was at its peak, it reached the level of Category 2 hurricane, with a windspeed of 110 mph recorded. Thankfully it had already downgraded to a post-hurricane tropical storm by the time it hit the Atlantic coast at Atlantic City with the large population centers in the region. The Caribbean, however, did not get off so lucky. The storm first formed on October 22nd in the Caribbean Sea, becoming a full-fledged hurricane two days later before striking Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas in turn. Other islands in the vicinity, though not directly struck, also experienced the brunt of the force of the hurricane.

After striking land at Atlantic City, the storm dissipated to a 'remnant trough' over Pennsylvania. Even so, much of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada experienced high levels of rainfall, flooding, and power outages, along with the high winds.
2. It was a dark and stormy night as the Category 1 hurricane they had named Katrina crossed over Florida. Three days later it peaked as a Category 5 hurricane while over the Gulf of Mexico, lessening only slightly to a strong Category 3 before striking Louisiana on August 29th and devastating the city of New Orleans and the surrounding countryside. In what year did this horrible tragedy occur?

Answer: 2005

After all the proverbial dust had settled, the cost of Hurricane Katrina set a (at the time) record as the costliest hurricane in US history, with damages in excess $100 billion. Monetary considerations aside, there were also more than 1,800 lives lost as well that added a cost that cannot be measured.

The major damage to the city came not from direct storm effects such as wind and debris, but rather from the storm surge that caused over 50 levee breaches. Those breaches resulted in 80% of the city being flooded.

An area nearly the size of the United Kingdom (approx. 90,000 square miles) was declared disaster areas, and more than three million people were left without electricity for a time.
3. It was a dark and stormy night as the first hurricane of 1992 formed in late August. It reached Category 5, ravaged the Bahamas and parts of Florida before making land again near Morgan City, Louisiana. Well before it weakened over Mississippi, everyone knew this hurricane's name. What was it?

Answer: Andrew

As this was the first hurricane of 1992, the name would have to begin with the letter 'A', thus limiting the choices.

The practice of assigning names to tropical storms and hurricanes began officially in 1945 with western Pacific Ocean hurricanes, and by 1950 the US Weather Bureau were doing it for Atlantic Ocean storms as well. It wasn't until 1979 that a set of six lists of predetermined names was established and rotated through. If a significant storm occurred (such as Andrew), then that name would be removed from that list and replaced with another for the next time it would be used (six years hence).

At the time, Andrew set the record as being the costliest hurricane in US recorded history, at a price tag of $26.5 billion.
4. It was a dark and stormy night in Jamaica in 1988, with winds screaming, debris flying, and trees being flattened. The record-setting hurricane intensified to Category 5 by the time it attacked the Yucatan Peninsula and subsequently mainland Mexico. What "G" hurricane was it?

Answer: Gilbert

Gilbert was one of the largest hurricanes ever seen in the Atlantic basin ... perhaps not the most powerful, or with the fastest winds ever, but it was one of the largest, at one point measured at 588 miles in diameter. Being a huge hurricane, it also caused damages to the tune of $7.1 billion with 433 people confirmed dead.

Gilbert's infamy earned it the privilege of having its name retired from the list. The next time the same rotation called for a "G" name, it was Gordon.
5. It was a dark and stormy night - actually it was a lot of dark and stormy nights. Donna set a record for holding 'major hurricane status' the longest - she maintained windspeeds of at least 115 mph for nine days while wandering a total of 16 days before downgrading to an extratropical storm. Donna must have taken a lot of attention away from the Summer Olympics in Rome! In what year did this happen?

Answer: 1960

Since the modern Olympics began in Athens in 1896, the Games had been held every four years (except in World War I and II). Rome hosted the 17th Olympiad in 1960 from August 25th until September 11th.

Hurricane Donna formed on August 29th, achieving full hurricane status on September 1st. She finally downgraded to an extratropical over eastern Canada on September 13th. Records are sketchy, so the number of fatalities reported varies between 164 and 364, and the economic cost was approximately $900 million (not adjusted to today's dollars).
6. It was a dark and stormy night in August of 1955 when Hurricane Connie hit the North Carolina coast. The Category 3 hurricane was not overly spectacular - minimal damage and no deaths reported. But only five days later another (Category 1) hurricane landed in the same area. Combining the two of them, however, brought upwards of 32 inches of rainfall, causing massive flooding. What was the name of the second hurricane?

Answer: Diane

Connie and Diane - two consecutive storms bearing consecutive letters of the alphabet - were neither of them separately very formidable, but the flooding after effects were. Ranging from North Carolina to Massachussetts, widespread flooding caused damage valued at $832 million, as well as 184 deaths.
7. It was a dark and stormy night at sea. The war effort was going well, with D-Day having occurred just three months previously. The effects of 'The Great Atlantic Hurricane' were as devastating as a German U-boat attack - two US Coast Guard cutters, a destroyer, a minesweeper, and one other light ship sank - 344 souls in all. What year was it?

Answer: 1944

The US Weather Bureau began assigning names to Hurricanes in 1950, so this storm was simply dubbed 'The Great Atlantic Hurricane'. The toll on the seas was greater than the effects on land, as a comparatively small number of deaths occurred on land - 43. Even with the hurricane's path that basically swept all the way up the eastern seaboard, economic costs only reached $100 million.
8. It was a dark and stormy night in 1938 when the New England Hurricane struck with little warning. The first major hurricane to hit New England since 1869, this storm was first noticed in the Atlantic on September 13th, and generally stayed out to sea. On the 21st it was 100 miles east of Cape Hatteras when it suddenly accelerated to over 60 miles per hour, hitting Long Island and Connecticut that afternoon as a Category 3 hurricane. By what name did this hurricane become known?

Answer: All of these

Because of the sudden acceleration, there was little warning of the arrival of the hurricane. Between 680 and 800 people are estimated to have died, with $306 million worth of damage. In today's dollars that would be nearly $5 billion. The Wikipedia page on the 1938 New England hurricane cited a report on how only one scientist believed the storm would track north:

"Charlie Pierce, a young research forecaster for the Bureau concluded that the storm would not continue to move northeast and curve out to sea but would instead track due north. He was overruled by more senior meteorologists and the official forecast was for cloudy skies and gusty conditions - but no hurricane (Francis, 1998). Because the official forecast was not cause for alarm, even as the winds picked up speed and the waves rolled in, nobody realized that a catastrophe was only a few hours away."
9. It was a dark and stormy night in mid-September of 1928 when Puerto Rico was struck with the full force of a Category 5 hurricane. It had not started there, and it did not end there... the Leeward Islands, the Bahamas and Florida were also heavily hit with a loss of life exceeding 4,000! One name for the hurricane was San Felipe Segundo, after the feast of San Felipe that was interrupted because of the storm. What was the other, named for the large lake in south Florida that breached its dike, flooding hundreds of square miles of land in the area?

Answer: Okeechobee Hurricane

The death toll from the Okeechobee Hurricane was highest in Florida, where more than 2,500 died from the hurricane and flooding. Guadeloupe (in the Lesser Antilles), tallied more than 1,200 dead. While Puerto Rico's count was comparatively small at approximately 300, the damage from the Category 5-strong storm left hundreds of thousands homeless.
10. It was a dark and stormy night ... and devastating. This turn-of-the-century hurricane claimed more than 8,000 lives, holding the record as the deadliest natural disaster to strike the United States in the 20th century. What coastal Texas city experienced the brunt of this Category 4 hurricane?

Answer: Galveston

Exact numbers for the death toll in Galveston ranged from 6,000 to 12,000 - an incredible number given the population of the city at the end of the 19th century was approximately 37,000. There have been deadlier hurricanes (Hurricane Mitch devastated Central America in 1998 leaving tune of more than 22,000 dead), but this was the deadliest to hit the United States. By comparison, Katrina in 2005, while a devastating hurricane, only claimed approximately 1,800 lives.
Source: Author reedy

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