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Quiz about Tornadoes
Quiz about Tornadoes

Tornadoes Quiz for Experts | Weather


They have been called cyclones, twisters, whirlwinds, 'The Finger of God' and 'The Tail of the Devil'. These are amoung the most elusive and most deadly of all natural phenomenom...the tornado.

A multiple-choice quiz by Oddball. Estimated time: 7 mins.
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Author
Oddball
Time
7 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
3,494
Updated
Jan 07 23
# Qns
20
Difficulty
Difficult
Avg Score
10 / 20
Plays
5430
Awards
Top 5% quiz!
Last 3 plays: Guest 172 (11/20), Guest 206 (5/20), Guest 99 (10/20).
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Question 1 of 20
1. The best example of a tornado in literature is in this L. Frank Baum childrens' classic:

Answer: (Became a film classic in 1939)
Question 2 of 20
2. Although tornadoes occur worldwide, the greatest concentration is in the United States. About how many tornadoes are formed here in an average year? Hint


Question 3 of 20
3. Which of these is documented as the greater single outbreak of tornadoes during the 20th century? Hint


Question 4 of 20
4. "Early radar detection of potential tornadic storm systems have greatly reduced the number of deaths from tornadoes. The last single storm to take 80 or more lives in the 20th Century occurred in 1955 in this town: Hint


Question 5 of 20
5. This Texas community was leveled twice, by an F-5 and later an F-4 tornado, on April 3, 1964 and 'Terrible Tuesday', April 10, 1979: Hint


Question 6 of 20
6. What year was the first tornado accurately predicted before it struck? Hint


Question 7 of 20
7. True or False: Areas near rivers, lakes and mountains are safe from tornadoes.

Answer: (Word or letter accepted)
Question 8 of 20
8. What is the name given to a tornado over open water?

Answer: (One Word)
Question 9 of 20
9. What is NOT a clue to a developing tornado? Hint


Question 10 of 20
10. Although 70 percent of all deaths come from F5 tornadoes, what percentage of total tornado formations do F5s comprise? Hint


Question 11 of 20
11. What year was the Tornado Intercept Project, using Doppler radar and storm chase personnel, formed? Hint


Question 12 of 20
12. In what year was the earliest photo taken of a tornado? Hint


Question 13 of 20
13. What is the name given to a supercell system that spawns multiple vortices simultaneously? Hint


Question 14 of 20
14. This professor at the University of Chicago is perhaps the best known expert on tornado formation. The scale by which to measure tornado damage was named after him. Who is he?

Answer: (last name only accepted)
Question 15 of 20
15. What is the name given to a rotating airmass that has NOT made contact with the ground?

Answer: (Two Words)
Question 16 of 20
16. TRUE OR FALSE: The primary cause of damage in most structures occurs as a tornado passes over, using its low pressure the make the structure literally explode:

Answer: (One Word)
Question 17 of 20
17. At about what time of day is the formation of tornadoes most favorable? Hint


Question 18 of 20
18. One of these areas received one or more tornadoes between 1950 to 1995. The rest saw NO tornadic activity. Spot the odd one out: Hint


Question 19 of 20
19. As deadly as they are, which of these storm phenomena causes more total fatalities than tornadoes? Hint


Question 20 of 20
20. Which is NOT a main stage in the life of a tornado? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The best example of a tornado in literature is in this L. Frank Baum childrens' classic:

Answer: The Wizard Of Oz

Dorothy Gale and Toto are swept by a Kansas twister into a magical land. There have been documented instances of people being sucked up by tornadoes to be dropped sometimes great distances away with little or no injury.
2. Although tornadoes occur worldwide, the greatest concentration is in the United States. About how many tornadoes are formed here in an average year?

Answer: 800

Although tornadoes occur year round, peak season for tornado formation in the southern states range from March through May. In the northern states, the summer months are best. Astonishingly, the greatest concentration of twisters per square mile is not in the US...but in Great Britain.
3. Which of these is documented as the greater single outbreak of tornadoes during the 20th century?

Answer: Super Outbreak, 1974

The Super Outbreak of April 3-4 spawned 148 tornadoes in 11 states, killing over 300 people and prompting the weather service in Indiana to issue a rare statewide tornado warning. Hardest hit was Xenia, OH, with 34 deaths. The record for most tornadoes in a single week was set May 3-10, 2003, when several outbreaks produced 361 twisters in 26 U.S. states. Because of the lessons learned from the Super Outbreak, only 41 people died during this terrible week.
4. "Early radar detection of potential tornadic storm systems have greatly reduced the number of deaths from tornadoes. The last single storm to take 80 or more lives in the 20th Century occurred in 1955 in this town:

Answer: Udall, KS

81 lives were lost in this tornado. Of course not all the early preparation in the world cannot stem the tide of nature at its worst, as exemplified by the deadly April 27, 2011 outbreak in Alabama, Arkansas and other states and the horrific Joplin, Missouri EF-4 killer tornado.
5. This Texas community was leveled twice, by an F-5 and later an F-4 tornado, on April 3, 1964 and 'Terrible Tuesday', April 10, 1979:

Answer: Wichita Falls

The state of Texas ranks first from 1950-1999 in number of tornadoes, most deaths and most damage.
6. What year was the first tornado accurately predicted before it struck?

Answer: 1948

On March 25, 1948, Air Force Captain Robert Miller and Major Ernest Fawbush correctly predicted conditions at Tinker Air Force Base, OK, were ripe for tornadic development before a twister struck. A tornado struck the base five days earlier, causing millions of dollars in damage. This forecast ushered in the modern era of severe weather forecasting.
7. True or False: Areas near rivers, lakes and mountains are safe from tornadoes.

Answer: False

In the late '80s, a twister struck Yellowstone National Park, levelling a path up and down a 10,000 ft. mountain.
8. What is the name given to a tornado over open water?

Answer: waterspout

These tornadoes are much weaker than the landlocked variety, but can become violent if they reach land. An excellent example of a tornado becoming a waterspout was filmed over downtown Miami, FL in 1998.
9. What is NOT a clue to a developing tornado?

Answer: Absence of birds, insects

Wildlife seem to be mostly unaffected to developing severe weather. Another important clue to look for is frequent lightning.
10. Although 70 percent of all deaths come from F5 tornadoes, what percentage of total tornado formations do F5s comprise?

Answer: Under one percent

Between 1950 and 2012, 76% of all tornadoes were classed as F1 or weaker. 20% were F2 and F3, with 1% covering both F4 and F5. A few remained unclassified.
11. What year was the Tornado Intercept Project, using Doppler radar and storm chase personnel, formed?

Answer: 1972

It was a year later, on May 24, 1973, that the first tornado was 'captured' by this project near Union City, OK.
12. In what year was the earliest photo taken of a tornado?

Answer: 1884

The photo, taken on August 28, 1884, about 20 miles southwest of Howard, SD, is available on the NOAA website. It shows a main tornado flanked by two funnels.
13. What is the name given to a supercell system that spawns multiple vortices simultaneously?

Answer: Family

Although these rarely occur, the Andover Outbreak of 1991 had several of these.
14. This professor at the University of Chicago is perhaps the best known expert on tornado formation. The scale by which to measure tornado damage was named after him. Who is he?

Answer: Fujita

The Fujita Scale or 'F' Scale, named for Dr. Ted Fujita, ranges from F-0 (minor) to F-5 (devastating).In February, 2007, the U.S. Weather Bureau began using the Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale, using more damage indicators (including plants as well as buildings) and the better detailing the degree of damage inflicted by tornadoes.
15. What is the name given to a rotating airmass that has NOT made contact with the ground?

Answer: funnel cloud

It becomes a full fledged tornado once a debris cloud is seen on the ground.
16. TRUE OR FALSE: The primary cause of damage in most structures occurs as a tornado passes over, using its low pressure the make the structure literally explode:

Answer: False

Winds exceeding 200 mph and flying debris are the main cause of most tornadic structural damage, but low pressure explosions have occurred on rare occasions. However, the act of opening a window to equalize the pressure is a waste of precious time better used seeking shelter.
17. At about what time of day is the formation of tornadoes most favorable?

Answer: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tornadoes occur at all hours of the day, but late afternoon to late evening have been the optimum times for tornadic development.
18. One of these areas received one or more tornadoes between 1950 to 1995. The rest saw NO tornadic activity. Spot the odd one out:

Answer: Utah

Again, tornadoes occur worldwide, but even these places can luck out.
19. As deadly as they are, which of these storm phenomena causes more total fatalities than tornadoes?

Answer: Flood

In all meteorology, fair and storm-related, heat leads flooding in fatalities. Floods lead in financial damage. Lightning is third in deaths.
20. Which is NOT a main stage in the life of a tornado?

Answer: Dusty Stage

In order they are: Organization, Mature, Shrinking and finally Decaying. Incidentally, a 'dust devil' is a weak, inverted whirlind that rises from the ground skyward. This wind phenomenon does not need a thunderstorm for development.
Source: Author Oddball

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