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Winter and Cold Weather Quiz

3.7
(60 votes)
10 questions
English
Test your knowledge with this quiz about winter and cold weather, including snowflakes, cold temperatures, and icy phenomena.
1

Which of the following is NOT a type of snowflake?

Sphere

Columns

Needles

Plates

Hard  28% got this right

Sphere-shaped snowflakes don't exist, as they always form in intricate, unique patterns.
2

In what year was the first Winter Olympics held?

1877
1924
1968

61% got this right

The 1st Winter Olympics was held in Chamonix, France.?
3

What causes the 'Northern Lights' or 'Aurora Borealis'?

Solar particles collide with Earth's atmosphere

Lunar cycles

Magnetic field fluctuations

Relatively low surface temperature

37% got this right

Collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun and Earth's atmosphere
4

What is the coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth?

-200
-89.2
-20
C

65% got this right

−89.2 °C (−128.6 °F; 184.0 K) at the then-Soviet Vostok Station in Antarctica on 21 July 1983
5

'Sastrugi' are formed by what process?

Wind sculpting snow into sharp ridges and grooves

Animal tracks in deep snow

Melting and freezing snow

Melting and refreezing of snow

39% got this right

Sastrugi are nature's architects, as wind carves snow into mesmerizing ridges.
6

Which city is known as the "Icebox of the Nation" due to its extremely cold temperatures?

Hard  0% got this right

International Falls often witnesses colder temps than some parts of Antarctica.
7

What is 'permafrost'?

Ground that remains completely frozen for at least two consecutive years

A permanently frozen lake or pond

Snow that falls in spring

The top layer of snow on mountains

51% got this right

Permafrost can cover around 25% of Earth's surface, mostly in polar regions like Siberia.
8

What is the average speed, in miles per hour, of a falling snowflake?

0
1.5
10.8
miles

Hard  31% got this right

Snowflakes fall so gently, they only average a leisurely 1.5 mph descent to the ground!
9

What is a 'polar night'?

A period in polar regions where the sun does not rise for more than 24hours

A cold front coming from the polar regions

A night when the Aurora Borealis is visible

A night where the polar bears come down to towns

64% got this right

Polar bears can experience polar nights lasting up to 6 months in the Arctic.
10

How many species of penguins are native to Antarctica?

0
18
50

60% got this right