Peralta Community College District
Physical Geography
Rita D. Haberlin, Instructor

Pressure and Winds Quiz

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1. Atmospheric pressure:

Is the same at all altitudes
Is usually greatest at sea level
Has nothing to do with the weather
Increases as you go up in a hot air balloon
2. What is the fundamental cause of the wind?
The difference between land and sea
Unequal heating of different parts of the earth
Differences in humidity
The rotation of the earth
3. The change in barometric pressure across the horizontal surface of a map is called:
An isotherm
Coriolis effect
Frictional decline
Pressure gradient
4. What determines the speed of a wind as it flows from high pressure to low pressure?
The distance it has to travel
The nature of the surfaces over which it flows
The pressure gradient force and friction
5. Which way does the wind blow during a hot afternoon at the coast?
From the ocean
From the land
6. Lines that connect places with equal barometric pressure are called:
7. The general pattern of wind circulation around a low pressure area in the northern hemisphere is:
Counterclockwise and blowing inward (converging)
Clockwise with winds blowing inward
Clockwise with winds blowing out (diverging)
Counterclockwise and blowing out
8. Most of the United States lies within the belt of the:
Monsoon Winds
Westerly Winds
Trade Winds
Polar Easterlies
9. Most of the world's tropical deserts are located in areas that experience:
Westerly winds
The subtropical high pressure belts
The intertropical convergence zone
The monsoons
10. The horse latitudes are known for their:
Low pressure
Strong westerly winds
Great storms
Calm weather
Polar winds
11. The trade winds blow from:
The subtropical high to the subpolar low
The equator to the subtropical high
The polar high to the subpolar low
The subtropical high toward the equatorial low
12. During the course of the year, the position of the earth's global pressure and wind belts shift north and south of the equator due to:
The changing distance of the earth from the sun
The seasonal shifting of the sun's direct rays
Differences in the heating of the continents
The Coriolis effect
13. The monsoons are:
A seasonal reversal of winds
Always wet
A polar phenomena
Found in deserts
14. The greatest variety of day-to-day weather changes occurs:
Along the polar front
In the horse latitudes
In the intertropical convergence zone
In the belt of the trade winds
15. The jet stream is:
A north-south wind at high altitudes
An air current that flows toward Asia during the monsoon
A mass of warm air used by jets to reach the stratosphere
A narrow zone near the tropopause in which winds reach up to 200 miles per hour

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