Final Jeopardy: Meteorological Terms

The Final Jeopardy question (1/29/2013) in the category “Meteorological Terms” was:

In the 1940s an anemometer aided Antarctic experiments that 1st determined this measurement heard in weather reports.

4-day champ Joshua Brakhage has won $69,611 so far. Today he’ll go for a 5th win as he takes on these two players: Robert Chodola, from San Diego, CA and Allison Swanberg, from Falls Church, Va.

Joshua found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “American Knights.” He was in the lead with $9,000, $5,000 more than Allison in second place. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT (much to Alex Trebek’s amazement).

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Joshua finished in the lead with $11,000. Allison was second with $4,000 and Robert was last with $1,200.

Joshua found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “The 1940s.” He was in the lead with $13,400, $5,000 ahead of Allison in second place. He bet $600 and he was RIGHT.

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Allison found the last Daily Double in “Honorary Academy Awards.” She was in second place with $12,000, $4,400 less than Joshua’s lead. She bet $4,000, and she was RIGHT.

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Allison finished in the lead with $20,800. Joshua was next with $16,800 and Robert was in third place with $8,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“The first wind chill formulae and tables were developed by Paul Allman Siple and Charles F. Passel working in the Antarctic before the Second World War, and were made available by the National Weather Service by the 1970s. It was based on the cooling rate of a small plastic bottle as its contents turned to ice while suspended in the wind on the expedition hut roof, at the same level as the anemometer. ” (wikipedia)

Robert wrote down “50 below” and, mind you, he lives in California, so we don’t think he’s ever heard that in his weather report. But you could see by his smile, that he was kidding. He lost his $7,500 bet and finished with $500.

Joshua got it right and he may have been cautious on the Daily Doubles today, but he went for the gusto here. He added $16,794 and finished with $33,594.

Allison wrote down “wind currents.” She bet $3,500 so she finished in second place with $17,300.

Joshua prevails again and his 5-day total $103,205. He will return in about a month after The Teen Tournament, which begins tomorrow, and the Tournament of Champions, which begins after that.

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  1. aaaa says:

    And he will presumably be the first qualifier for the next TofC in May 2014 or whenever the next one is.