Tracking Hurricanes IELTS Reading Answers
The Academic passage ‘Tracking Hurricanes ’ is a reading passage that appeared in an IELTS Test. Read the passage below and answer questions 1 – 15. Beyond the questions, you will find the answers along with the location of the answers in the passage and the keywords that help you find out the answers.
|Question number||Answer||Keywords||Location of keywords|
|1||GPS-dropwindsondes||improved the success rate, forecasting of where hurricanes are likely to hit land, increase in accuracy, use of instruments called GPS-dropwindsondes,||Paragraph A;Lines 1 – 4|
|2||(weather) balloons||Hurricanes, out of reach of balloons, gathering information, more difficult.||Paragraph A;
Lines 7 – 8
|3||(the custom of) naming hurricanes began in the (early) 1950s||Refer footnote 1||footnote 1 & Paragraph B;
Lines 3 – 5
|4||Camille||Camillle, category 5 hurricane, refer footnote 2||Footnote 2 &
Lines 2 – 4
|5||Hurricanes||Hurricanes occur in cycles, every few decades, last intense period in the U.S., from 1940 to 1969.||Paragraph C;
Lines 1 – 2
|6||heat (of water) / warm water||hurricanes derive their energy from the heat of warm water||Paragraph C;
Lines 9 – 10
|7||(the) Atlantic Conveyor||phenomenon called the Atlantic Conveyor, name given to the gigantic current of water, along the Atlantic ocean floor to Antarctica, absorbing heat as it crosses the equator.||Paragraph C;
Lines 5 – 9
|8||previously used sensors||GPS-dropwindsonde,Small sensing devices, far more revealing than previously used sensors, able to stay aloft for longer periods||Paragraph D;
Lines 1 – 4
|9||data analysts||Data analysts, discovered, greater variability in the winds at sea level, than previously believed||Paragraph E;
Lines 2 – 3
|10||(a) computer (simulation) / hurricane researchers||surprising result, recent computer simulation, destruction, downtown New York. Hurricane researchers, believe that the city is more likely than Miami, suffer, a direct hit, in the near future.||Paragraph F;
Lines 1 – 3
|11||(a) storm surge||wall of water, called a storm surge, pushed ashore by hurricane winds||Paragraph F;
Lines 4 – 5
|12||D||sonde, global positioning satellite receiver, GPS signals, used to calculate, direction ,speed of the wind, ,data on temperature, humidity, barometric pressure||Paragraph D;
Lines 4 – 7
|13||D||Use elimination method.||Paragraph B;
Lines 3 – 5
From lines 3 -5 in paragraph B, it is clear that options A, B, C are not true, D is the right answer
|14||B||‘Camille’, a Category 5 hurricane , killed 256 people, struck the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in 1969 with winds over 320 km/h.||Paragraph C;
Lines 2 -4
|15||A||Use elimination method||Option B does not fit in because computer simulations are used to predict storm surges and the latter is not in control of the former.
Option C is untrue because some computer predictions have helped in forecasting hurricanes.
Option D is untrue because hurricanes occur in many parts of the world.
So option A is the answer.
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