Haven’t The Foggiest

Is it a hurricane? Or just hurricane-force winds? What counts as a heatwave? Was 2014 the “coldest winter for 100 years”? Test your knowledge and arm yourself with the facts so you’re not caught without an umbrella the next time sensational weather stories start raining down.

  1. 1. Which of these is a real weather term?
    Dennis Hill (CC BY 2.0)
    1. Willy-willy
    2. Chinny-chinny
    3. Dusty-dusty
    4. Nosey-nosey
  2. 2. What is the definition of a monsoon?
    1. At least 3 days of heavy rain
    2. At least 4 days of heavy rain and winds of 35mph+
    3. A seasonal wind shift
  3. 3. What is a blizzard?
    1. Snow with winds or gusts at 35mph+
    2. Snow that frequently reduces visibility to <1/4 of a mile
    3. Continuous snow for 3+ hours
    4. All of the above
  4. 4. How often is London hotter than Athens?
    1. About once a week
    2. About once a month
    3. About once a year
    4. About once a decade
  5. 5. When was the UK last hit by a hurricane?
    Paul Townsend (CC BY-ND 2.0)
    1. October 1987 (the “Great Storm”)
    2. August 2014 (Bertha)
    1. October 2015 (Joaquin)
    2. Via Wikicommons
      Never
  6. 6. What is the minimum speed of a hurricane-force wind?
    David Saddler (CC BY 2.0)

    About as fast as a:

    1. Via Coen Dijkman (CC BY-SA 2.0)
      Horse
    2. Via U.S. Department of Agriculture (CC BY 2.0)
      Pronghorn antelope
    1. Via Michael Moss (CC BY-ND 2.0)
      Cheetah
    2. Via saris0000 )CC BY-ND 2.0)
      Greyhound
  7. 7. Headlines have told us that 2012, then 2014 were to be the coldest winters in Britain for 100 years. Both were wrong. So when was the coldest UK winter in the last 100 years?
    1. Via Julia Rubinic (CC BY 2.0)
      1946-1947
    2. Via Gene Bowker (CC BY-ND 2.0)
      1962-1963
    1. Via Wystan (CC BY 2.0)
      1978-1979
    2. Via Junya Ogura (CC BY 2.0)
      2009-2010
  8. 8. Which of these is a real weather term?
    Dennis Hill (CC BY 2.0)
    1. Sharknado
    2. Fogstorm
    3. Flurrycane
    4. Thundersnow
  9. 9. What is the definition of a heatwave?
    Kerrie Brailsford (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    “When the temperature is higher than the average maximum temperature for the time of year by…

    1. …5 degrees for 5 consecutive days”
    2. …5 degrees for 7 consecutive days”
    3. …10 degrees for 1 day”
  10. 10. What does an '80% chance of rain' mean?
    Benjamin Stäudinger (CC BY-ND 2.0)
    1. There is an 80% likelihood that it will rain
    2. There will be rain in 80% of that area
    3. There will be rain for 80% of the time

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