The late Lady Bird Johnson once said, "When I no longer thrill to the first snow of the season, I'll know I'm growing old." Here's a quiz to help you stay young this winter.
1. Let's suppose 20 inches of normal wet snow fell last night. As a rule, had it rained instead, about how many inches of rain would have fallen?
2. What makes a blizzard different from an ordinary snowstorm?
A. The amount of snowfall
B. The economic damage
C. The size of the area hit by the storm
D. The strength of the wind
3. Clean snow reflects sunlight and heat back into space, thus accounting for the drop in temperature after a snowfall. How much sunlight does newly fallen snow reflect?
4. In March 1888, a blizzard devastated the North Atlantic from Maine to the Chesapeake Bay, killing more than 400 people. Sustained winds of more than 45 miles per hour created snowdrifts that reached 50 feet or more, trapping some people in their homes for more than a week. More than 200 ships or boats were wrecked or grounded; and railroads and roads were shut down for days. What was the name given to this storm?
A. The Big Blizzard
B. Great White Hurricane
C. Nor'easter of the North Atlantic
D. The Super Storm
5. Which of these is true about bay effect snow?
A. A large mass of cold air moves over a warmer water body.
B. Larger amounts of snow generally fall on the leeward shores of the water body.
C. Higher elevations on the downwind shores help to create larger snowfalls.
D. All of the above
6. True or false? Frost can form when air temperatures are above freezing.
7. True or false? The colder the air, the greater the snowfall.
1-B (a dry snowfall would produce less, an extremely wet snowfall, more.)
2-D (In addition, visibility must be 1,300 feet or less for at least three hours or more.)
6-True. Frost forms when ice crystals form on a surface. Many surfaces, such as glass or metal, are colder than the air around them.
7-False. As air temperatures decrease, so does the moisture in that air. Thus there is less water to make snow.