The Weather 1 - Answers

Published: Monday 19th October 2015
  1. What are the lines on weather maps that join places of equal pressure called? Isobars.
  2. Who invented the mercury thermometer? Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit.
  3. What term is used to describe the which fogs that used to occur in London? Pea Soupers.
  4. In which direction does a Katabatic wind blow? Downhill.
  5. Which girl group first sang "It's Raining Men"? The Weather Girls.
  6. Which heavenly body is the driving force for the weather systems on Earth? The Sun.
  7. Which is the UK city with the highest annual rainfall? Cardiff.
  8. By what name is the study of weather known? Meteorology.
  9. What is the Atlantic current that gives Western Europe it's warmer climate? Gulf Stream.
  10. Which TV weatherman famously said there was no hurricane on the way prior to the Great Storm of 1987? Michael Fish.
  11. What was the name of the hurricane that caused severe damage to New Orleans in 2005? Katrina.
  12. What is the scale used to measure wind force called? Beaufort Scale.
  13. What instrument is used to measure atmospheric pressure? Barometer.
  14. What is an area of high pressure commonly known as? An Anticyclone.
  15. Which is the windiest of Earth's continents? Antartica.
  16. What is the common name for the areas of the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans affected by the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone? The Doldrums.
  17. Named after the Japanese for "Harbour Wave", what do we call a seismic sea wave? Tsunami.
  18. Which is the driest desert in the World? Atacama.
  19. In which South Western city is the UK Metrological Office based? Exeter.
  20. What is an anemometer used to measure? Wind speed.

4 Comments

  1. steve says:

    Q.2 answer I think should be Daniel not David

  2. KensQuiz says:

    Thanks Steve, I’ve changed the answer.

  3. Steve Burdin says:

    Re Q5, The Weather Girls were a duo, Martha Wash and Izora Rhodes.

  4. Kaboo says:

    Q15
    really enjoy this website, keeps my old mind active/retentive. But Q15 -correct answer BUT wrong spelling, should read – ‘AntarCtica’

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