Hurricane IQ Test

Can you understand what a hurricane forecast is communicating? Do you get lost when a weather forecaster is talking about a hurricane? More than 50% of subjects in a University of Charleston study lacked a basic understanding of simple hurricane forecast terminology.

Are you a hurricane forecast expert? Do you have what it takes to earn this title? Or do you feel like you need a dictionary when a weather forecaster is talking about a hurricane because it sounds like they are speaking another language to you? Take this quiz now and find out your level of hurricane forecast IQ!

Created by: Hurricane
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1. The accuracy of a hurricane forecast by the National Weather Service at 72 hours before projected landfall is _____ than the same forecast 24 hours before projected landfall.
Greater
Less
2. The greatest danger associated with a hurricane is:
Wind
Storm Surge
Rain related flooding
Tornadoes
3. What occurs if the forward speed of an approaching hurricane decreases?
Higher wind speeds and enhanced storm surge
Less total rainfall from a weakening system
More total rainfall from a slower moving storm
Shorter period under high winds
4. A hurricane warning means hurricane conditions are:
Expected within 24 hours
Expected within 36 hours
Possible within 24 hours
Possible within 36 hours
5. Errors in forecasting the forward speed of a hurricane affect
The number of people to evacuate
The time available for evacuation
The radius of the hurricane force winds
The size of the hurricane
Don't konw
6. A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions are:
Expected within 24 hours
Expected within 36 hours
Possible within 24 hours
Possible within 36 hours
I don't know
7. What is the "hurricane path or track"?
Line of movement of the resulting winds through an area
Line of movement of the storm surge through an area.
Line of movement of the eye through an area.
Line of movement of the eye wall through an area.
Line of movement of the feeder bands through an area.
8. A notice issued by the National Hurricane Center, numbered consecutively for each storm, describing the present and forecasted position and intensity is called a _____________. These notices are issued at six-hour intervals at midnight, 6 a.m., noon and 6 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time.
Hurricane Prediction
Hurricane Advisory
Hurricane Statement
Hurricane Probability
9. The expected severity of flooding (minor, moderate or major) as well as where and when the flooding will begin is called a ______________.
Flood Advisory
Flood Watch
Flood Warning
Flood Expectancy
Flood Prediction
10. A hurricane is:
A tropical cyclone with wind speeds of at least 45mph or greater
A tropical cyclone with wind speeds of at least 84 mph or greater
A tropical cyclone with wind speeds of at least 54mph or greater
A tropical cyclone with wind speeds of at least 64mph or greater
A tropical cyclone with wind speeds of at least 74mph or greater
11. A Hurricane Season is the portion of the year having a relatively high incidence of hurricanes. What is the time period of a typical hurricane season?
June 24 to Oct. 30
July 1 to Nov 30
July 15 to Nov. 1
June 1 to Nov. 30
12. What is the width of the path of the hurricane? Usually this path area is about 125 miles wide with 75 miles to the right of the eye and 50 miles to the left of the eye.
hurricane width
hurricane swath
hurricane span
hurricane scope
hurricane lenght
13. What are "feeder bands"?
The lines or bands of thunderstorms that spiral into and around the center of a tropical system.
the lines or bands of wind surge that spiral into and around the center of a tropical system.
the lines or bands of storm surge that spiral into and around the center of a tropical system.
the lines or bands of storm tide that spiral into and around the center of a tropical system.

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