Part 3: Climate

Questions: Section 7

Comprehension Questions

  1. Which season is the longest in North Dakota?

  2. The first day of winter is called what?

  3. According to the calendar, when is the first day of winter?

  4. What is the shortest day of the year?

  5. North Dakota has about how many hours of daylight each day in December?

  6. Which month has the least amount of solar radiation?

  7. Below freezing means what?

  8. Which part of the state averages the coldest winter temperatures?

  9. Which part of the state averages the warmest winter temperatures?

  10. Which month is usually the coldest in North Dakota?

  11. What and where was the coldest recorded temperature in North Dakota?

  12. A warm, dry wind blowing in from the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains is called what?

  13. About how many days of the winter have enough snowfall to be measured?

  14. What is the snow like when the temperature is low?

  15. How does the average wind speed in the winter compare with the average wind speed in the summer?

  16. A Wind Chill Index uses what two weather factors to measure how cold the air feels?

  17. What two factors must be present in order for a winter storm to be classified as a blizzard?

  18. North Dakota averages how many blizzards each year?

  19. North Dakota blizzards are caused by low-pressure systems that come from what two places?

  20. Fast-moving storms that come down from Canada are called what?

  21. Why can meteorologists predict storms better now than they used to?

Critical Thinking Questions

  1. Why are people safer during North Dakota winters than they were 50 years ago?

  2. If people plan to travel by car in the winter, what are some things they should do to make sure they stay safe?