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Severe Weather Vocabulary Words (Grade 3)

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Severe Weather Vocabulary Words

1. 
Which word better fits the sentence?

Dark gray clouds and a rumbling sound are signs that a                 is on the way.
  1. drought
  2. thunderstorm
 
2. 
Which word better matches the sentences?

It had not rained in two months. The ground became dry and the plants started to die.
  1. drought
  2. blizzard
3. 
Which word better matches the sentence?

Balls of ice fell during the thunderstorm and broke the car windows.
  1. hail
  2. rain
 
4. 
Which word better matches the sentence?

There was a bright flash in the clouds.
  1. tornado
  2. lightning
5. 
Which word better fits the sentences?

It had been hot and humid for days. It was a                .
  1. heat wave
  2. thunderstorm
 
6. 
Which word better fits the sentences?

There was a chance of strong thunderstorms later. The National Weather Service issued a thunderstorm                .
  1. watch
  2. warning
7. 
Which word better matches the sentence?

A funnel of spinning air that reaches from the bottom of a thunderstorm to the ground.
  1. tornado
  2. lightning
 
8. 
Which word better fits the sentences?

The weather scientist saw a tornado on the radar screen. The National Weather Service issued a tornado                .
  1. watch
  2. warning
9. 
Which word better matches the sentence?

The storm hit the coast with wind speeds of at least 74 miles per hour.
  1. hurricane
  2. heat wave
 
10. 
Which word better fits the sentence?

The strong winds blew the snow, making it hard to see during the                .
  1. tornado
  2. blizzard

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