Ultimate Quiz - Weather Edition

From rain to snow, from high temperatures to low, 50 questions to test your weather wits
  • Aug 17, 2020
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  • 5 minutes
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It might be the most Canadian thing. More Canadian than beavers. More Canadian than maple syrup. The weather is, after all, the Canadian conversation starter. It's the punchline of the easiest of Canadian jokes (How many seasons are there in Canada? Two: winter and construction.) It's the first thing you check in the morning. And it provides ubiquitous cliches for communities across the country. Rainy Vancouver. Frigid Edmonton. Winterpeg. Snowy Quebec City. And foggy St. John's. Weather is intrinsically connected to our geography. It's a talking point we all share, no matter where we're from (even if we've come from another country). So, put your weather wits to the test in our latest ultimate geography quiz. Good luck! 


True or False: The first television broadcast in Canada — aired Sept. 6, 1952 on CBC’s CBFT Montreal — included a weather report.


Based on the climate severity index, developed by Environment Canada to rate an area’s climate based on human comfort and well-being, which provincial capital’s weather is the most severe?


True or False: Environment Canada invented the UV index, a measure of the intensity of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation in the sunburn spectrum.


Order Canada’s provincial capitals from best to worst based on their climate severity index.


Put the following cities in order of longest growing season, based on average number of frost-free days:


These waters hold the record for the world’s foggiest places.


The most northerly lightning flash in Canada was detected here


Which three kinds of weather does St. John’s see the most of each year?


This city holds the record for greatest average number of days with lightning in a year.


About how fast was the highest recorded hourly windspeed in Canada?


How high is the world’s tallest functioning weather vane, located at the Canadian Tractor Museum in Westlock, Atla.?


True or False: The world’s first steam-operated foghorn was invented in Saskatchewan.


Name the capital city with the most hours of winter sunshine.


On July 14, 2019, Alert, Nunavut, the world’s northernmost permanently inhabited place, which is about 800 kilometres from the North Pole, recorded an all-time high temperature of:


Which of the following cities has not recorded a below zero C temperature in June, July or August?


Midale and Yellow Grass, Sask. share this record for the country’s highest temperatures.


Which capital city holds the record for both the highest and the lowest temperatures?


True or False: Canada is the coldest country in the world.


Name the capital city that boasts the country’s highest average daily maximum temperature annually.

True or False: Based on annual average daily maximum temperature, Winterpeg — er, Winnipeg — is Canada’s coldest provincial capital.


Pincher Creek, Alta., recorded Canada’s most extreme one-hour temperature change on Jan. 10, 1962. About how many degrees did the mercury soar?


Name the capital that shares the record for the coldest temperature in a Canadian city, -50C, with another major urban centre in the same province.


This is the lowest temperature ever recorded in Canada (and North America), registered in Snag, Yukon, on Feb. 3, 1947.


Vancouver holds the Canadian record for most consecutive days of rain in a major city, set in early 1953. How long did it rain for?


This is the greatest amount of rainfall record in one day, which occurred on Oct. 6, 1967, at Ucluelet Brynnor Mines, B.C.


Mitchell Inlet on Moresby Island in Haida Gwaii, B.C. is Canada’s wettest place. About how much precipitation does it receive on average each year.


True or False: Newfoundland and Labrador is Canada’s rainiest province.


Henderson Lake, B.C. received the greatest precipitation of any Canadian location in one year. About how much fell?


In which order are the high-level clouds shown in the photo?


In which order do the mid-level clouds appear?


In which order do the low-level cloud types appear in the above image? 


The flood that hit southern Alberta in June 2013 is considered the costliest insured flood in the country’s history. About how much were the estimated property damages?

How many people died during what Environment Canada calls the deadliest heat wave in history from July 5 to 17, 1936?


On Sept. 11, 1995, the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth II was off the coast of Newfoundland when it was hit by one of the largest waves ever recorded. About how many metres high was the wave?


How high were the waves on Lake Superior during the severe storm on Nov. 10, 1975, that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald, immortalized in singer Gordon Lightfoot’s song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”?


Name the largest hurricanes whose storm tracks are shown in purple on this map.


The Newfoundland Hurricane of 1775, also known as the Independence Hurricane, is by far the deadliest to have occurred in what is present-day Canada. About how many people died?


The “Regina Cyclone,” the tornado that hit Saskatchewan’s capital in the late afternoon of June 30, 1912, is considered the deadliest such storm in Canadian history. It destroyed 500 buildings through six city blocks, killed some 40 people and injured 300 more. How many minutes did it last?



The deadliest recorded sinkhole in Canada was caused by heavy rains on May 4, 1971, in St-Jean-Vianney, Que. The hole and associated mudslide killed 31 people and swallowed 35 homes, a bus and several cars. About how many metres deep was the sinkhole?


The ice storm that hit Quebec and Ontario for six days starting on Jan. 4, 1998 is considered the costliest winter storm in Canadian history. About how much insured losses did it cause?


About how many days each year is the ground around Alert, Nunavut, covered in at least one centimetre of snow?

The greatest single-day snowfall in Canada was recorded on Feb. 11, 1999, by Tahtsa Lake, B.C. How much snow fell?


True or False: Calgary receives more snow in the months of May, September and October than any other Canadian city.

Which city has the lowest average annual snowfall?


True or False: The largest single-day snowfall in Toronto occurred in January 1999, when the city famously called in the army.


Which of the following is not true about Victoria?


Which of the following cities has the highest average number of days each year with at least two milimetres of snow?


B.C.’s Revelstoke-Mount Copeland area saw the heaviest annual snowfall on record in Canada during the winter of 1971-72. About how many metres of snow fell on the region that winter?


Which of the following cities gets the highest average annual snowfall?


True or False: Montreal has the largest snow removal budget of any metropolis in the world.


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