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Can you name the answers to these NOAA storm spotting questions?

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Nearly half of all flash flood deaths are _______-related.
Lightning tends to strike the _______ object in an area
If you must go outside when lightning is occuring, you should (pick one): crouch down OR lie flat
A _________ is a strong downdraft with an outrush of damaging wind on or near the ground.
When driving in windy conditions, keep a firm grip on your vehicle's ________ _____.
In dusty or rainy conditions, be prepared for sudden changes in __________.
Point spotters observing from a substantial building should move away from _______ as the downburst approaches.
Spotters should be familiar with their area and have a _______ ______ _____.
Name three places to take shelter if you cannot avoid an oncoming tornado.
Mobile spotters should try to view a storm from its _____ flank.
For storms moving to the northeast, the best viewing angle is from the _____ or _________
With eat or southeast-moving storms, a viewing angle from the _____ or _________ is preferred.
All thunderstorms, whether they become severe or not, proceed through a _____-stage life cycle
At this stage, the storm consists only of updrafts
At this stage, the storm contains both upward and downward-moving air currents, with precipitation in the downdraft area.
When the cool downdraft of a storm hits the ground, it spreads out and forms a ____ _____.
During the storm, the updraft rapidly decelerates and clouds spread out and form an _____.
If the updraft is strong, a 'bubble' of cloud, called an ____________ ___ will be pushed up.
When excessive precipitation and downdraft weaken the updraft, the storm has entered this part of the life cycle.
During the final stage, __________ dominate the storm and the ___ _____ moves away from the storm, cutting off the inflow of energy.
This type of storm is generally weak, short lived, and poorly organized.
A rare strong single-cell storm
The most common type of thunderstorm
Multicell line storms are also called ______ _____
________ storms always produce significant severe weather.
Name an upper-level storm clue
Name a mid-level storm clue (10-20 mi away)
Which low-level storm clue may produce hail?
Which low-level storm clue indicates the storm's strongest updraft area?
Wall clouds with persistent ________ denote a very dangerous storm.
Swath of damaging wind from this is ≤ 2.5 miles wide
Swath of damaging wind from this is ≥ 2.5 miles wide
Downburst lifecycle: formation, ______, dissipation
A pronounced outward deflection of the precipitation area near the ground
A plume of dust raised as a downburst reaches the ground
____ forms when supercooled water is carried aloft by the updraft and freezes.
If you spot hail bigger than golf balls, what is nearby?
An area of intense, storm-scale rotation
As viewed from the south, a storm generally moves ____ to _____.
What type of air enters the supercell cloud base?
The _____ flank downdraft sinks to the ground in the area where precipitation is falling in the forward position of the storm.
A tornado is most likely to occur where the ____ flank downdraft meets the updraft.
True or false: Most wall clouds produce tornadoes.
As a tornadic circulation develops, a ____________ ______ appears.
As a tornado dissipates, it is also called the ____ stage.
Tornado intensities are classified by the ______ Damage Scale.
The scale ranges from __ to __.
Strong and violent tornadoes are easier to detect with _____.
We often rely on _______ to identify and report weak tornadoes.
Many strong and violent tornadoes develop as multiple ______ tornadoes.
Spotters should look for a ________ dust/debris cloud on the ground below the funnel.
Name one way to tell a tornado from a look-alike.
Tornado look-alike
Wall cloud/funnel cloud look-alike
Wedge-shaped cloud lacking persistant, organized rotation
Probably the most common type of supercell in the U.S.
Supercell which is a 'prolific hail producer'
Occurs when vortices develop in a gust front's outflow as it moves across the ground
Tornadoes which occur at _____ are more difficult to observe.
Severe weather observations should be reported to the ________ _______ _______.
True or false: When reporting a storm, give the event location instead of your location
A storm is considered 'high priority' when winds reach over __ mph
A storm is considered 'high priority' when hailstones' diameter is __' or larger
A storm is considered 'high priority' when rainfall is _' per hour or more

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