Weather Tools
Clouds
Storms
Fronts
Miscellaneous
100

What tool measures the direction of the wind?

Wind Vane

100

Cumulus clouds that grow in height and darken on the bottom. Usually indicate thunderstorms.

Cumulo-nimbus

100

A storm which forms over warm ocean water with heavy winds.

Hurricane

100

Which type of front is shown on the weather map as a line of red semi-circles and brings warmer temperatures?

Warm Front

100

A ________ uses weather instruments and data to predict weather patterns.

Meteorologist

200

Which tool measures the amount of heat energy in the air?

Thermometer

200

Feathery, wispy clouds. Indicate fair weather now, but often mean that rain or snow will fall within several hours.

Cirrus

200

A common storm with moist air, winds, rain, thunder and lightning.

Thunderstorm

200

Which front is shown on the map as a line of blue triangles and brings cooler temperatures?

Cold Front

200

The weight of the air pushing down on the Earth's surface is called __________.

Air Pressure

300

Which tool measures the amount of precipitation?

Rain Guage

300

Fluffy white clouds with flat bottoms. Usually indicates fair weather.

Cumulus

300

A violent storm with a funnel-shaped cloud and strong winds.

Tornado

300

Can air pressure help forecast weather? Why?

Yes

300

Which type of pressure usually brings dry, clear conditions (fair weather)?

High Pressure

400

Which tool measures the amount of air pressure?

Barometer

400

Smooth, gray clouds that block sunlight and cover the sky. Often indicate light rain or drizzle.

Stratus

400

Different atmospheric conditions produce four types of precipitation. Which of the following are types of precipitation?

Rain, Sleet, Hail and Snow

400

Which type of front is a mass of warmer air that is approaching a mass of cooler air?

Warm Front

400

Which type of pressure usually brings clouds, rain and wind (stormy weather)?

Low Pressure

500

Which tool measures wind speed?

Anemometer

500

Why do clouds turn grey before it rains?

As their denseness increases, the bottoms of clouds look darker but still scatter all colors. We perceive this as gray.

500

Explain the process of how hail comes to form.

Ice crystals are tossed up and down within a cloud. They collect liquid droplets which freeze in layers. When the ice crystal grows big enough, it falls from the cloud as balls of ice.
500

Which type of front is a mass of cooler air that is approaching a mass of warmer air?

Cold Front

500

What season is most common for Thunderstorms, Hurricanes, and Tornadoes to ALL occur?

Summer

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