Part 3: Climate

Questions: Section 5

Comprehension Questions

  1. The longest day of the year is called what?

  2. According to the calendar, when is the first day of summer?

  3. How many hours of sunlight does North Dakota have each day in June?

  4. What is the sunniest and warmest month in North Dakota?

  5. What and where was the highest recorded temperature in North Dakota ?

  6. In what part of the state is the temperature likely to reach 100 degrees?

  7. What is the main form of precipitation in the summer in North Dakota?

  8. Which month has the most average rainfall?

  9. Which part of the state gets the most rainfall?

  10. Which part of the state gets the least rainfall?

  11. Name the least windy months in North Dakota.

  12. The greatest wind damage to buildings and other property occurs in which season?

  13. What is the most violent of all windstorms?

  14. A storm made of very high-speed, rotating winds is called what?

  15. What major weather event happened to Fargo in 1957?

  16. Which month has the most tornadoes?

  17. Which month has the most hailstorms?

  18. Hail is formed in what kind of cloud?

  19. “Thunderheads” is a nickname for what clouds?

  20. What happens to moisture as it is carried up in hail clouds?

  21. As moisture travels up and down in the cloud, layer after layer of what is formed?

  22. What happens to the hailstones when they get so heavy that they an no longer be carried up inside the cloud?

  23. North Dakota has more of what kind of energy than most states?

  24. Agricultural crops grow quickly in North Dakota because of the high amount of what kind of energy?

Critical Thinking Questions

  1. One of the main crops of the Red River Valley is sugar beets. Farmers in most western North Dakota counties do not raise sugar beets. Why?

  2. Why would a weak tornado that hits a town do more damage than a very strong tornado that hits an open field?