Cyclones & Anticyclones: Ridges & Troughs


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Which storm system spins clockwise in the southern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the northern?

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1. Which storm systems spin counterclockwise in the southern hemisphere and clockwise in the northern?

2. What type of storm can be produced by a pressure trough?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Cyclones and anticyclones are two kinds of extreme weather, and you can use this interactive quiz and printable worksheet to prove your familiarity with the two. Practice questions in this quiz will ask you to identify a storm by image, compare spins of storm systems, and answer questions about pressure troughs and forces in cyclones.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Quiz questions will assess your knowledge of:

  • Spins of storm systems
  • Storm systems in northern and southern hemispheres
  • Pressure troughs
  • Force causing cyclone to spin

Skills Practiced

You can showcase these skills within these assessments:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding cyclones and anticyclones and interpret it correctly
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts from the lesson to examine information about storm systems given a picture
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on these important weather features

Additional Learning

View the related lesson entitled Cyclones & Anticyclones: Ridges & Troughs to continue learning about these storm systems. Some objectives which will be included in the lesson are:

  • Relate information about storm systems to situations in real life
  • Define ridge, trough, and pressure force gradient
  • Compare and contrast cyclones and anticyclones
  • Identify characteristics of cyclones and anticyclones in both hemispheres