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1. The threshold minimum sustained wind speed to be classified as a tropical storm is:
a. 29 mph
b. 39 mph
c. 49 mph
d. 59 mph

2. The threshold minimum sustained wind speed to be classified as a hurricane is:
a. 54 mph
b. 64 mph
c. 74 mph
d. 84 mph

3. Wind pattern in the tropics are best analyzed using:
a. Isobars
b. Height contours
c. Thickness lines
d. Streamlines

4. Which of the following is most likely to be found in the tropical latitudes.
a. Mid-latitude cyclone
b. Cold front
c. Jet streak
d. Easterly wave

5. Wind flow is ____________ curving through an inverted trough.
a. Cyclonically
b. Anticyclonically

6. The belt of low pressure near the equator is termed the:
a. Jet stream
b. Intertropical Convergence Zone
c. Hurricane track
d. Rogue equator
e. Westerlies

7. Tropical systems tend to move toward the _____________ while in the tropics.
a. East
b. West

8. A tropical system can become a hurricane while on the equator.
a. True
b. False

9. A hurricane is a(n):
a. Cold core low
b. Thermal low
c. Warm core low
b. Anticyclonic system

10. Hurricanes need strong vertical wind shear in order to survive.
a. True
b. False

11. The center of a hurricane where subsidence occurs and often clearing occurs is termed the:
a. Eye
b. Mouth
c. Ear
d. Nostril

12. The release of enormous amounts of heat that occur in hurricanes is due to:
a. Fast wind
b. High pressure at the surface
c. Solar radiation
d. Condensation

13. The strongest portion of a hurricane including strong winds and heavy rain is the:
a. Eye
b. Eye wall
c. Feeder bands
d. Wall cloud

14. Hurricanes are rated by using the:
a. Fujita scale
b. Richter scale
c. Saffir-Simpson scale
d. Terror scale

15. The Category of a minimum hurricane is:
a. Category Alpha
b. Category 0
c. Category 1
d. Category A

16. Other than strong maximum sustained winds, heavy rain and the storm surge, hurricanes also often produce:
a. Large hail
b. Tornadoes
c. Tsunami
d. LP supercell storms

17. Most hurricane and tropical storm deaths occur due to:
a. Lightning
b. Tornadoes
c. Severe Wind
d. Flooding

18. Hurricanes and tropical systems that are over the ocean waters are monitored by:
a. Satellite data
b. Hurricane aircraft
c. Buoy data
d. All of the above

19. Hurricane frequency and intensity tends to be greater in:
a. Warm current tropical waters
b. Cold current tropical water

20. The peak of the Atlantic hurricane season is in:
a. May
b. June
c. September
d. October


1. B
2. C
3. D
4. D
5. A
6. B
7. B
8. B
9. C
10. B
11. A
12. D
13. B
14. C
15. C
16. B
17. D
18. D
19. A
20. C