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Weather or Climate? (Grade 6)

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Weather or Climate?

1. 
The state of the earth's atmosphere at a certain time and place is called
  1. precipitation.
  2. meteorology.
  3. climate.
  4. weather.
2. 
Which of the following is an important difference between climate and weather?
  1. Climate deals with a longer time period than weather.
  2. Weather describes wind direction and climate doesn't.
  3. Climate describes wind direction and weather doesn't.
  4. Climate deals with a shorter time period than weather.
3. 
The map shows isobars, or lines of equal air pressure, for a location.
Weather Map
Does the map represent weather or climate for that location?
  1. weather
  2. climate
4. 
Which of these best describes climate rather than weather?
  1. Wind speed is changing as a storm moves through an area.
  2. The temperature is decreasing in a slow-moving cold front
  3. Annual high temperatures in the summer have increased over many decades
  4. The rainfall during one year was greater than the rainfall during the following year.
5. 
Which of the following is an important difference between climate and weather?
  1. Climate describes daily rainfall in an area.
  2. Climate describes wind and sky conditions.
  3. Climate often has a "right here right now" flavor.
  4. Climate often describes a wide geographic area.
6. 
Devlin recorded the number of days of rain for his town over three months this year. The bar graph shows his data.
Bar Graph 1
Does the graph describe the weather or the climate for Devlin's town?
  1. weather
  2. climate
7. 
Imperial County, California earned the distinction of being the sunniest place in the United States based on data collected between 1979 - 2011.

Does this statement describe weather or climate?
  1. weather
  2. climate
8. 
The table shows the relative humidity for a location during the course of a day.
Relative Humidity
TimePercentage
7:00 a.m.47%
10:00 a.m.52%
1:00 p.m.53%
4:00 p.m.61%

Does the relative humidity data describe weather or climate?
  1. weather
  2. climate
9. 
A cold front occurs when a fast moving cold air mass pushes a slower moving warm air mass upward. Storms can form along the leading edge of a cold front.
Weather - Cold Front
Does the passage about cold fronts describe weather or climate?
  1. weather
  2. climate
10. 
Portland, Oregon is located along the coast of the northwestern United States. Several famous volcanoes, including Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier, are located nearby. Portland normally has rainy, but mild winters. Yesterday, it rained 0.75 inch in Portland.

Which sentence from the passage describes climate?
  1. Portland, Oregon is located along the coast of the northwestern United States.
  2. Several famous volcanoes, including Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier, are located nearby.
  3. Portland normally has rainy, but mild winters.
  4. Yesterday, it rained 0.75 inch in Portland.

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