CELPIP Reading for Information The Chinook Wind

Celpip Reading for Information The Chinook Wind

CELPIP Reading for Information The Chinook Wind

This Reading Module has 12 questions similar to the kinds of questions that you can expect to find on an actual CELPIP Test. Practice Celpip Test Reading for Information “The Chinook Wind” with answers.

Part 1

Directions: Read the following passage.

A. Around the world, there are various weather phenomena, each with their own special names. There is the haboob in desert areas, the foehn in Europe, and the typhoon in Japan. In Canada, one kind of wind is called a “Chinook”. A Chinook wind is a warm wind that blows over the Rocky Mountains. Chinook winds occur in southern Alberta, mostly in winter. While winters in that part of the country can be quite cold, a Chinook can bring relief in terms of milder temperatures.

B. A Chinook wind originates over the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of British Columbia. Basically, it starts as a warm, wet wind that blows from west to east off the coast of B.C. The wind approaches the mainland in the southeast part of the province. It then travels inland over southern B.C. for several hundred kilometers. Because it originates over the ocean, the wind carries a lot of moisture with it. The wind blows towards the Rockies, and it slows down as it blows against the mountains. As it slows down and moves upwards against the west side of the Rockies, the wind cools down.

C. At the same time, the wind continues to blow from behind. That causes the rising, cooling wind in front to continue blowing eastward, over the tops of the Rockies. When this happens, the cool wind in front rolls down the east side of the Rockies. As it picks up speed, it warms up and rushes across southern Alberta. Cities in the path of Chinook winds include Calgary, Lethbridge, and Medicine Hat. Interestingly, the phenomenon of Chinook winds is limited to quite a small area of Canada. Those who live in that part of the country know when a Chinook event is happening by the distinct cloud pattern in the sky.

D. Chinook winds can cause temperatures to rise by 30 or 40 degrees in a matter of hours, melting snow and ice. It is not uncommon for southern Albertans to go to bed when the outside temperature is -20 degrees, and to wake up the next morning to a balmy 10 degrees. That is how much the temperatures can fluctuate during a Chinook. Unfortunately, many people also experience migraine headaches, which are thought to be brought on by a sudden change in air pressure that the Chinook wind brings with it. All in all though, most southern Albertans are probably grateful for the respite that Chinooks offer from the cold winter temperatures.

E. (not mentioned)

Part 2

Directions: Decide which paragraph (A, B, C, or D) contains the information in each of the following statements. If the information is not discussed in any of the paragraphs, choose “E”.

1. The wind increases in speed on the east side of the mountains.

A      B      C      D      E

2. The wind originates in the west.

A      B      C      D      E

3. The wind can increase temperatures drastically.

A      B      C      D      E

4. Some people go to the doctor during a Chinook.

A      B      C      D      E

5. The wind starts over a body of water.

A      B      C      D      E

6. Examples of locations outside Canada are given.

A      B      C      D      E

7. The wind increases in temperature.

A      B      C      D      E

8. Headaches cause a change in air pressure.

A      B      C      D      E

9. Chinook winds generally occur in one season.

A      B      C      D      E

10. Something is pushed.

A      B      C      D      E

11. There is a downside to the Chinook wind.

A      B      C      D      E

12. The wind moves across the first of two provinces.

A      B      C      D      E

CELPIP Reading for Information The Chinook Wind Answers

1. C
2. B
3. D
4. E
5. B
6. A
7. C
8. E
9. A
10. C
11. D
12. B

Answers Explanation

Reading for Information The Chinook Wind

1) C: Paragraph C mentions that the wind “rolls down the east side of the Rockies (and) picks up speed”.

2) B: Paragraph B describes a Chinook as a “wind that blows from west to east”.

3) D: “Drastic” or extreme increases in temperature are provided in the first sentence of Paragraph D.

4) E: There is no information about people going to the doctor during a Chinook.

5) B: Paragraph B says that “a Chinook wind originates over the Pacific Ocean.”

6) A: Paragraph A mentions Europe and Japan.

7) C: Paragraph C mentions that the wind “warms up”.

8) E: It is not headaches that can cause a change in air pressure, but a change in air pressure (mentioned in Paragraph D)

9) A: Paragraph A mentions that Chinooks occur mostly in winter.

10) C: The first two sentences in Paragraph C explain that the wind behind pushes the wind in front.

11) D: A “downside” is a disadvantage, which is that people sometimes get headaches during a Chinook.

12) B: The reading passage mentions two provinces: Paragraph B says that the wind goes across BC, and Paragraph C says that the wind then goes across Alberta.

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