Weathering the Winter Wonderland
A winter wonderland, while pretty to look at, can also be pretty dangerous. How prepared are you for winter’s weather? Take these quizzes to find out.
Match these weather terms with what to expect:
A. Black Ice
C. Freezing Rain
D. Frost/Freeze Warning
E. Lots and Lots of Snow
G. Winter Storm Watch
H. Winter Storm Warning
1. Expect temperatures to fall below freezing.
2. Expect a winter storm to occur soon if it isn’t already present.
3. Expect a coating of ice that is so thin and clear that the road surface readily shows through.
4. Expect to do lots and lots of shoveling.
5. Expect rain to freeze as soon as it hits the road or any other surface.
6. Expect rain to freeze before it hits the ground.
7. Expect reduced visibility because falling or blowing snow combined with wind gusts or sustained wind of more that 35 miles per hour for at least three hours or longer.
8. Expect that it is possible for a snow storm to hit.
How Weather Wise Are You?
1. Can ice form on days when there is absolutely no precipitation?
2. If you are driving on a foggy night with temperatures near or below 32ºF, what road hazard should you be on the lookout for?
3. All other factors equal, which is warmer, gloves or mittens?
4. During a snowstorm, is it better to travel on back roads so as not to impede the progress of snowplows on the main roads?
5. What is the best reaction to a patch of ice on the road?
A. Speed up to get through it quickly
B. Tap your brakes to mitigate sliding
C. Coast through it
D. Swerve around it
6. True or false, four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles have extra traction on ice.
7. Which of these is not a sign of hypothermia: uncontrollable shivering, slurred speech, memory loss, hyperactivity?
8. What part of the body loses the most heat when left uncovered?
9. Which is the better treatment for restoring circulation to frostbitten fingers: gently massaging them with snow/ice chips or putting them in warm water?
10. What happens to skin when it is frostnipped?
Weather Terms: 1-D 2-H 3-A 4-E 5-C 6-F 7-B 8-G 9-F
Weather Wise: 1. Yes, when temperatures are high enough during the day to melt snow but fall at night to refreeze the water. 2. Black ice 3. Mittens 4. One should avoid infrequently traveled back roads because of the danger of not being found if your car gets stuck or breaks down. 5. C 6. False 7. Hyperactivity, in fact, hypothermia victims are often sluggish or drowsy. 8. Top of the head 9. Warm them in water of 104–105ºF 10. Frostnipped skin turns numb and loses color.
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