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Quiz: How well do you know weather?

photo of weather map

Game shows are on the rebound. Shows that were around in the 1960s and '70s like "To Tell the Truth" and "Match Game" are back on air, along with "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" from the ’90s and the solid, never-went-away "Jeopardy." 

Since there seems to be a renewed interest in trivia, this post is a game that anyone can play!

The Rules

Below are 10 questions. Some will be pretty easy, but a few will test your true weather knowledge. Each is worth 100,000 points - go big or go home!

Anyone who answers all 10 correctly will be sent a certificate of being a winner on Duane’s Weather Blog, which is sure to be a collector item of dust. Submit your numbered responses by email to me at

Let's Play! 

  1. Small puffy clouds with flat bases are called ______________ clouds.
  2. True or False: Heat lightning is formed from heat on warm summer evenings.
  3. True or False: It is never too cold to snow.
  4. For a surface low to strengthen, upper air  _______ must exceed surface ________.
  5. In the 1970’s hit song, why can Johnny Nash see clearly now?
  6. A large, slowly rotating cluster of nighttime thunderstorms is called what? 
  7. True or False: Thunder is caused by a degrading shock wave.
  8. A name given to this weather event was also made into a movie featuring a flying cow. 
  9. Hurricanes cannot form at this latitude due to a lack of Coriolis force
  10. A car is a safe place to be during a lightning storm because of this reason?

Find the answers in this blog post.


ABOUT THE BLOG: All About Weather is a blog by Duane Friend that explores the environment, climate, and weather topics for Illinois. Get in-depth information about things your weather app doesn't cover from summer droughts to shifting weather patterns. Never miss a new post! Sign up for our email list.

MEET THE AUTHOR: Duane Friend is an energy and environmental stewardship educator with University of Illinois Extension, serving the organization in many roles since 1993. Duane provides information and educational programs to adult and youth audiences in the areas of soil quality, weather and climate, energy conservation, and disaster preparedness. These programs provide practical solutions for families, farms, and communities.  He assists families in creating a household emergency plan, farmers with the implementation of soil management and conservation practices, and local government officials and business owners with energy conservation techniques.