Weather Myths Quiz
by Staff
From ancient gods to your know-it-all next-door neighbor Gary, everyone thinks they know the weather. How much do you know about weather myths?

True or False: Lightning does not strike the same location twice during a single storm.

  • true
  • false

Jupiter was the storm god of which culture?

  • Romans
  • Greeks
  • Egyptians

Why should you open all of the windows in your house during a tornado?

  • to equalize interior and exterior pressure
  • to prevent the glass from being broken
  • You don't need to open the windows.

Where is the sunniest area of the United States?

  • the Midwest
  • the Southwest
  • Florida, the Sunshine State

What percentage of Atlantic tropical cyclone deaths are caused by very high winds?

  • up to 10 percent
  • up to 25 percent
  • up to 50 percent

Dogoda is the Slavic goddess of which wind?

  • north wind
  • west wind
  • east wind

True or False: Tornadoes often hit large metropolitan areas.

  • true
  • false

A rain god called Chaac would have been found in which culture?

  • Mayan
  • Aztec
  • Native American

What is a waterspout?

  • a tornado over water
  • a miniature hurricane
  • a cyclone

Why don't tornadoes cross major rivers and big bodies of water?

  • They do cross bodies of water.
  • The water suppresses their rotation.
  • The water temperatures are different than air temperatures.

Why do some people put large Xs made from tape on their windows during severe storms?

  • to deter lightning
  • to keep them from breaking
  • to ward off hail

True or False: Chicago is one of the windiest cities in the U.S.

  • true
  • false

In which corner of your basement should you hide during a tornado?

  • northeast
  • southwest
  • It doesn't matter.

True or False: Relative humidity is the best indicator of how sticky the air feels.

  • true
  • false

Why should you abstain from alcohol in situations where you cannot get shelter from extreme cold?

  • It lowers your blood pressure.
  • It lowers blood flow to your skin and constricts blood flow.
  • It makes you susceptible to pneumonia.

Ehecatl is the Aztec god of which weather phenomenon?

  • wind
  • hurricanes
  • lightning

Why are highway overpasses a dangerous place to hide during tornadoes?

  • Overpasses attract tornadoes.
  • Winds are channeled under bridges.
  • Many underpasses collapse.

The largest snowflakes tend to form when what temperatures are present?

  • the 20s (Fahrenheit)
  • the 30s (Fahrenheit)
  • the 10s (Fahrenheit)

In the U. S., thunderstorms generally move in which direction?

  • west to east
  • north to south
  • east to west

True or False: Relative humidity can be less than 100 percent when it is raining.

  • true
  • false

True or False: Tornadoes have been documented above 20,000 feet.

  • true
  • false

In cold weather, which part of your body loses heat the fastest?

  • your head
  • your neck
  • There's no difference.

True or False: Hurricanes are the deadliest type of weather.

  • true
  • false

How much water does it take to float most vehicles off of a roadway?

  • 2 feet
  • 3 feet
  • 4 feet

True or False: It's not snowed in Miami for 100 years.

  • true
  • false

What percentage of tornadoes are actively warned about in advance?

  • 50 percent
  • 80 percent
  • 15 percent

Perun is the Slavic god of which weather event?

  • hail
  • lightning and thunder
  • tornadoes

True or False: Cold air does NOT make you sick.

  • true
  • false

What's the average accuracy of winter storm warnings that are issued about 17 hours in advance?

  • about 90 percent
  • about 70 percent
  • about 50 percent

True or False: Flash flooding happens only near streams and riverbeds.

  • true
  • false