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.
Jupiter was the storm god of which culture?
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.
A rain god called Chaac would have been found in which culture?
- 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.
In which corner of your basement should you hide during a tornado?
- It doesn't matter.
True or False: Relative humidity is the best indicator of how sticky the air feels.
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?
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 or False: Tornadoes have been documented above 20,000 feet.
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.
How much water does it take to float most vehicles off of a roadway?
True or False: It's not snowed in Miami for 100 years.
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?
- lightning and thunder
True or False: Cold air does NOT make you sick.
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.