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What do you know about weather?

This image depicts Tefnut, an Egyptian goddess.
This image depicts Tefnut, an Egyptian goddess.

This week’s trivia challenge by Rachelle Marshall, reference librarian for Whitman County Library, tests your knowledge of weather history and science.

The Whitman County Library’s online trivia challenge takes place at 5:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month on its Facebook page.

  1. What do you call a tornado that is over water?

  2. In 1815, the eruption of this volcano shot a cloud of sulphur dioxide and ash 20 miles high causing the earth’s temperature to drop several degrees, which led to 1816 being called, “the year without a summer.”

  3. What does an anemometer measure?

  4. Tefnut was the Egyptian goddess of what?

  5. Before becoming an internationally famous pin-up girl, Raquel Welch paid her rent by working as one of these?


1. Waterspout. Waterspouts funnel water into the sky. Tornados suck earth and other objects off the ground.

2. Mount Tambora. Because the weather was so bad, author Mary Shelly and her friends spent the summer inside writing ghost stories. Her story was “Frankenstein.”

3. Wind speed.

4. Rain, dew and moisture. She was depicted with the body of a woman, the head of a lioness and a sun disk resting on her head.

5. As a college student, Raquel Tajada worked as a weather forecaster at KFMB-TV in San Diego, Calif.

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