Answers to Tuesday Trivia
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Watch means Watch the Sky. Warning means TAKE COVER!
***Watch means the conditions are favorable for development. Warning means the weather has been spotted - tornado, flood, etc, although it's different with tropical storms and hurricanes. I'll have to double check on that part.
2. What's the difference between a tornado and a funnel cloud?
A tornado is a tightly spinning column of air in contact with the ground beneath a thunderstorm cloud.
A funnel cloud spins in mid-air without touching the ground.
To tell the difference between a funnel cloud and a tornado, look for swirling dust or debris near the ground under the funnel. If present, then a tornado is occurring.
3. Rain is typically associated with which, a high or a low pressure system?
Stormy weather is often associated with low pressure systems.
4. What is the categorizing factor between a tropical depression, tropical storm and a hurricane? (i.e. what is the difference between them, generally speaking)
I almost couldn't find this one!
Tropical disturbance, tropical wave -- Unorganized mass of thunderstorms, very little, if any, organized wind circulation.
Tropical depression -- Has evidence of closed wind circulation around a center with sustained winds from 20-34 knots (23-39 mph).
Tropical storm -- Maximum sustained winds are from 35-64 knots (40-74 mph). The storm is named once it reaches tropical storm strength.
Hurricane -- maximum sustained winds exceed 64 knots (74 mph).
*** Generally speaking, it's wind speed.
5. How many categories of hurricanes are there?
1 - minimal damage, winds 74-95 mph, storm surge 4-5 feet.
2 - moderate damage, winds 96-110 mph, storm surge 6-8 feet.
3 - extensive damage, winds 111-130 mph, storm surge 9-12 feet
4 - extreme damage, winds 131-155 mph, storm surge 13-18 feet.
5 - catastrophic damage, winds 155+ mph, storm surge 18+ feet
6. What state is the lightning capital of the US (or continental US)?
So how many did y'all get right?
Hope y'all enjoyed!