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Quiz: Weather Time Around the World

One thing is for certain. Regardless of where in the world you live, you experience weather. Sometimes, though, it is easy to forget that the world is vast. We get caught up in our own little corner of the world. When we have weather extremes in our own location, it becomes easy to forget that our extremes might not be extremes at all in other places. 

This quiz explores some of the extremes, worldwide, that are actually extremes. Let’s see how well you do. This quiz might be a challenge to many people and has some surprises, too.

  • Question of

    Large snowfall amounts in a short amount of time happens every year. However, one of the greatest snowfall amounts in a 24-hour period occurred on March 5, 2015. A town recorded 100.8 inches of snow in just 18 hours. That is over 8 feet of snow or over 5.5 inches per hour. What town did this occur in?

    • Capracotta, Italy
    • Oslo, Norway
    • Boston, Massachusetts
    • Copiapo, Chile
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    A desert is defined as getting less than 10 inches of precipitation per year. Many places get more than that in a single day. On March 15, 1952 an amazing 73 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period in this town.

    • Hilo, Hawaii
    • Quito, Equador
    • Cilaos, Reunion
    • Seto, Japan
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    It is well known that extreme winds are generated during hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, and tornadoes. According to Accuweather, the greatest wind speed ever measured on Earth happened in 1996 when a gust was measured at 253 miles per hour. Where did this occur?

    • New Orleans, Lousiana
    • Barrow Island, Australia
    • Chengdu, China
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    True or False: If the atmospheric conditions are right, falling snow can be heard.

    • True
    • False
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    As previously mentioned, a desert is a place that receives less than 10 inches of precipitation per year. Some places get far less precipitation than this. The driest place in the world gets an average of four thousandths (.004) inch of precipitation per year. Where is it located?

    • Sahara Desert, North Africa
    • Death Valley, California
    • Atacama Desert, Chile
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    True or False: It is quite possible for snow to fall and to accumulate when the air temperature is above freezing.

    • True
    • False
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    Hailstones form as moisture freezes inside of thunderclouds. They begin to fall, due to weight, but powerful updrafts push them upward again. More freezing moisture is deposited and this process continues until the weight of the stone overcomes the updrafts and it finally falls. The record for the world’s largest hailstone is for one ball of ice that was over 18.5 inches in circumference, weighing over 1.9 pounds. It fell in July 2010. Where did this hailstone fall?

    • Vivian, South Dakota
    • Lexington, Nebraska
    • Strasbourg, France
    • Battenberg, Germany
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    Most rainfalls last from a few minutes to a few hours. Occasionally, they last much longer. One rainfall in particular started on August 27, 1993 and didn’t end until 247 days later, on April 30, 1994. This is the record for the longest continuous rainfall. Where did this happen?

    • Oahu, Hawaii
    • Manaus, Brazil
    • Byumba, Rwanda, Africa
    • St. George, Bermuda
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    True or False: Tornadoes sometimes form and touch down during snowstorms.

    • True
    • False
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    True or False: Snowflakes commonly fall at a speed of about 3.5 miles per hour or 5 feet per second.

    • True
    • False

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