Weather Quiz Questions

weather symbols including rainbows, snowflakes and clouds

We’ve created a page with some Weather Quiz Questions for children because our weather printables continue to be some of the most popular resources here at www.free-for-kids.com. The ten multiple choice quiz questions about the weather that you’ll find below include questions about scientific instruments used for measuring weather conditions, some incredible wind speeds, forecasters terminology, and satellites. The answers can be found at the very bottom of this page. Use the weather quiz questions as a stand-alone resource for kids or maybe withhold the multiple choice answers to encourage independent research.

Question 1: What is the name of the scientific instrument used to measure atmospheric pressure?
(a) Thermometer (b) Barometer (c) Hygrometer

Question 2: Following on from Question 1, if a weather forecaster predicts ‘high pressure’ what kind of weather might we expect to have?
(a) Calm weather (b) Stormy weather (c) Snowy weather

Question 3: In 1996 – during Tropical Cyclone Olivia – an Australian weather station recorded a massive wind gust of ….. ?
(a) 153 mph (b) 253 mph (c) 353 mph

Question 4: Weather forecasters describe snow showers that are light and intermittent as ….. ?
(a) Blizzards (b) White-outs (c) Flurries

Question 5: On a single rainbow, the red arc is always …..?
(a) On top of the rainbow (b) In the centre (c) On the underside of the rainbow

Question 6: The word “cloud” is derived from a Middle English word ‘clud’. What did the word ‘clud’ originally mean?
(a) A mass of white (b) A mass of water (c) A mass of rock

Question 7: In some Californian redwood forests the trees don’t just rely on rainfall for water; they also receive around a third of their moisture from coastal fog in the atmosphere.
TRUE or FALSE ?

Question 8: Cumulonimbus clouds are very easy to spot with their dark flattish bases and a mass of fluffy white cloud on top that towers upwards. What type of weather do cumulonimbus clouds usually bring us?
(a) Heavy rain and thunderstorms (b) Dry fine weather (c) Light rain (drizzle)

Question 9: What do we use an ‘anemometer’ to measure?
(a) Rainfall (b) Visibility in the fog (c) Wind speed

Question 10: In which year was the first weather satellite launched?
(a) 1949 (b) 1959 (c) 1969

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Trivia Quiz Answers Warning

Answer 1: (b) Barometer

Answer 2: (a) Calm weather

Answer 3: (b) 253 mph

Answer 4: (c) Flurries. A blizzard is typically a mixture of snow and wind; white-out conditions exist when contrast of your surroundings (and visibility) are severely reduced by snow.

Answer 5: (a) On top of the rainbow. However, on a double rainbow the colours are reversed so red is seen on the underside of the second arch.

Answer 6: (c) A mass of rock. Perhaps due to the similarity between the shape and (apparent) texture of a bank of grey cloud and a large formation of rock.

Answer 7: TRUE

Answer 8: (a) Heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Answer 9: (c) Wind speed

Answer 10: (b) 1959. It was called ‘Vanguard 2’ and it was designed to collect data about cloud cover …. unfortunately it wasn’t very successful and was soon replaced by a more effective weather satellite.

We hope you enjoyed our weather quiz questions. Did you learn anything new?

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