How ready are you if a tropical storm hits Florida? Take this quiz to test your knowledge about how tropical systems develop and help you prepare for hurricane season.
Keep track of how many answers you get right. Then share this with your friends and family.
1. At what wind speed does a tropical storm become a hurricane?
2. Including tropical storms, how many cyclones made landfall in Florida in 2004?
3. TRUE or FALSE: Tropical storms can form before or after the June 1–November 30 hurricane season.
4. How much water should you have on hand as part of your emergency supplies?
- Three 20 oz. bottles per person
- 6-pack of 20 oz. bottles per person
- One gallon per person per day
- 24-pack of 20 oz. bottles per family
5. TRUE or FALSE: Putting duct tape on your windows will keep them from breaking during a storm.
The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the busiest on record. (PHOTO/Supportstorm, Wikimedia Commons)
6. If every storm name is used in one year, what happens next?
- Hurricane season ends early
- The following year's names are used, starting with A
- Numbers are used, as in Tropical Storm 22, 23, etc.
- Greek letters are used, as in Tropical Storm Alpha, Beta, etc.
7. On average, what are the peak months of the hurricane season?
8. How many total tropical disturbances develop on average during a single hurricane season?
9. On average, how many tropical systems actually develop into named storms in a single hurricane season?
10. A tropical storm is named when its sustained winds reach what speed?
11. On average, how wide is the eye of a fully developed hurricane?
12. A hurricane WATCH is issued when landfall is possible within what time frame?
13. A hurricane WARNING is issued when landfall is possible within what time frame?
14. The strongest hurricane on record to hit the U.S. occurred in what year?
15. In which quadrant is a tropical storm or hurricane the strongest?
16. In which direction do tropical storms rotate?
- Clockwise north of the Equator, counterclockwise south
- Counterclockwise north of the Equator, clockwise south
- Clockwise in the Atlantic, counterclockwise in the Pacific
- Counterclockwise in the Atlantic, clockwise in the Pacific
17. What is a factor in 9 out of 10 hurricane-related deaths?
18. TRUE or FALSE: Tropical storms moving inland from the Gulf of Mexico produce more tornadoes on average than storms moving ashore from the Atlantic Ocean.
19. Who chooses the names for tropical storms?
- National Hurricane Center
- U.S. Air Force hurricane hunters
- World Meteorological Organization
- The first person to classify a system as a tropical storm
20. Where is the National Hurricane Center based?
21. How often are tropical storm advisories issued if a storm is named, but doesn’t pose an immediate threat to land?
22. What is the average lifespan of a tropical storm?
23. What is the average forward speed of a hurricane?
24. TRUE or FALSE: The higher a tropical system’s pressure is, the stronger the storm is.
25. Where do the strongest winds of a hurricane typically occur?
- In the outer bands of the storm
- At the edge of the storm when it makes landfall
- In the exact center of the storm
- Just outside the eye of the storm
How did you do?
- 0–6 points: Consider this your early hurricane warning. Make sure you’re prepared now before a storm actually hits.
- 7–13 points: You may have a case of “hurricane amnesia.” Try again to brush up on your knowledge.
- 14–19 points: You know how to prepare for a hurricane, but it wouldn’t hurt to brush up on some facts.
- 20–24 points: You’re ready for a storm, but may have missed a few things. Try again for a perfect score!
- 25 points: You’re a true Hurricane Hunter, prepared for any severe weather that comes your way.