Winter Storm Trivia Questions
1. Which of the following is not effected by wind chill?
dog c. car
radiator d. bird
Answer: c. Wind chill is the combination of wind and
temperature and is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin such as that
of a person or animal. As the wind increases, heat is carried away from the body
at an accelerated rate, driving the body temperature down. Wind chill has no
effect on cars or other objects.
2. What is the coldest temperature ever recorded in
0°F d. -15°F
Answer: After a snowstorm left a foot of snow over the
city on February 8, 1899, a record cold wave struck. On February 11, the
temperature dipped to -15°F in the District. It was followed by a second great
storm called "The Great Valentines Day Blizzard" which dumped another
20.5 inches of snow. That year DC saw a record 54 inches of snow.
3. What is the difference between sleet, hail, and
Answer: Hail is a chunk or stone of ice dropped from a
thunderstorm. Sleet is frozen rain. Freezing rain is liquid rain that freezes to
a surface such as the road or a tree.
4. True or False. It must be 32°F or colder for it to
Answer: False. It has been known to snow with
temperatures in the mid 40's. Temperatures are below 32°F up in the clouds
where the snow is forming.
5. On the average, one inch of rain is equivalent to
how many inches of snow?
inches b. 1
inch c. 5
inches d. a foot
Answer: a. 10 inches of snow melts down to about an
inch of liquid rain.
6. Which of the following impacts can Maryland and Virginia
expect from a "Great Nor'easter"?
snow b. High
e. All of the above f. None of the above
Answer: e. Nor'easters cause high winds and flooding
along the coast and heavy snow and sometimes blizzard conditions inland over the
Greater Metropolitan Washington area. Nor'easters are responsible for the
areas's most hazardous winter weather.
7. What three months bring Washington its
heaviest snow storms?
Answer: January, February, and March. It is the latter
half of the winter in the Washington area that brings the nor'easters that dump
the majority of our snow.
8. What is the greatest 24 hour snowfall in Washington, DC?
inches b. 15
inches c. 26
inches d. 18 inches
Answer: The January 27-28, 1922 storm dumped 21 inches
of snow in DC in 24 hours and had a storm total of 28 inches. It is known as the
"Knickerbocker Storm" because the heavy snow caused the collapse of
the Knickerbocker theater during a performance. One hundred people died inside.
9. Can it snow from clear skies?
Answer: Yes. Ice crystals sometimes fall from clear
skies when temperatures are in the single digits or colder.
10. What is more hazardous to trees and power lines?
a. One inch of wet
snow b. One inch of ice
Answer: b. An inch of ice is heavier than wet snow and
is hazardous enough to cause power lines and trees to come down.