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The storms most studied by climatologists have been those [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2010, 09:16
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The storms most studied by climatologists have been those that are most easily understood by taking atmospheric measurements. Hurricanes and tornadoes, for example, are spatially confined, the forces that drive them are highly concentrated, and they have distinctive forms and readily quantifiable characteristics. Consequently, data about them are abundant, and their behavior is relatively well understood, although still difficult to predict.

Hurricanes and tornadoes are also studied because they are highly destructive storms, and knowledge about their behavior can help minimize injury to people and property. But other equally destructive storms have not been so thoroughly researched, perhaps because they are more difficult to study. A primary example is the northeaster, a type of coastal storm that causes significant damage along the eastern coast of North America. Northeasters, whose diffuse nature makes them difficult to categorize, are relatively weak low-pressure systems with winds that rarely acquire the strength of even the smallest hurricane. Although northeasters are perceived to be less destructive than other storms, the high waves associated with strong northeasters can cause damage comparable to that of a hurricane, because they can affect stretches of coast more than 1,500 kilometers long, whereas hurricanes typically threaten a relatively small ribbon of coastline—roughly 100 to 150 kilometers.

With which of the following statements about northeasters would the author of the passage most likely agree?

a)Even increased knowledge about the behavior of northeasters is unlikely to reduce the injury to people and property that they cause.
b)Northeasters are deserving of closer study by climatologists than they have received in the past.
c)Damage caused by northeasters is less easily assessed than damage caused by hurricanes.
d)Northeasters are more difficult to study than are hurricanes and tornadoes because northeasters occur less often.
e)Northeasters are too diffuse to warrant close study by climatologists.
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Re: Hurricane RC( Gmat teaser:from www.mba.com) [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2010, 02:27
a)Even increased knowledge about the behavior of northeasters is unlikely to reduce the injury to people and property that they cause.
The passage does not say this.

c)Damage caused by northeasters is less easily assessed than damage caused by hurricanes.
Wrong. The damage can be assessed. Its the behavior that cant be assessed easily.

d)Northeasters are more difficult to study than are hurricanes and tornadoes because northeasters occur less often.
Rate of occurrence is not discussed in the passage.

e)Northeasters are too diffuse to warrant close study by climatologists.
The passage says that the diffusive nature of Northeasters makes them difficult to research upon.

b)Northeasters are deserving of closer study by climatologists than they have received in the past.
This is the correct answer. The author would want closer studies of Northeasters in future.
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Re: Hurricane RC( Gmat teaser:from www.mba.com) [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2010, 18:38
Good question. Took me quite some time (3+) to narrow down to B as the passage did require some careful reading. My take on other options -
a)Even increased knowledge about the behavior of northeasters is unlikely to reduce the injury to people and property that they cause. - No where is it mentioned that with increased knowledge one cannot reduce the impact. Sort of out of context.
b)Northeasters are deserving of closer study by climatologists than they have received in the past. - Agree
c)Damage caused by northeasters is less easily assessed than damage caused by hurricanes. - Cannot deduce this from the para. Comparison of hurricane damage assessment isn't provided.
d)Northeasters are more difficult to study than are hurricanes and tornadoes because northeasters occur less often. - "Because northeasters occur less often" is extra info otherwise the first part was another bit that the author would agree with.
e)Northeasters are too diffuse to warrant close study by climatologists. - Diffusion makes them difficult to categorize but not difficult to warrant close studies.
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Re: Hurricane RC( Gmat teaser:from www.mba.com) [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2010, 07:02
Initially chosen "E" and later found that one word wrong answer "close study".
Agree with B after reading explanation.
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Re: Hurricane RC( Gmat teaser:from www.mba.com) [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2011, 10:58
2 more official questions:

1. The primary purpose of the passage is to
(A) evaluate the relative amounts of damage caused by different storm types
(B) describe the difficulties of classifying destructive storms by type
(C) examine the relationship between wave height i and the destructive potential of storms
(D) discuss a theory that explains the origins of violent storms
(E) discuss reasons why certain types of storms receive more study than others


2. Which of the following can be inferred from the passage about storms that lend themselves to atmospheric measurements?
(A) They are more likely than other storms to be studied by climatologists.
(B) They are likely to be less highly concentrated than are other storms.
(C) They are likely to be more difficult to predict than are other storms.
(D) They occur less frequently along the eastern coast of North America than in other areas.
(E) They tend to affect larger areas than do other storms.

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E, A
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Re: Hurricane RC( Gmat teaser:from www.mba.com) [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2011, 08:35
The passage was a quick read.. The first question was slightly tricky but simple if one understands the meaning of each option given clearly.. the other two questions are pretty straight forward..Thanks for the post :-D
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Re: Hurricane RC( Gmat teaser:from www.mba.com) [#permalink] New post 09 May 2011, 08:01
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The storms most studied by climatologists have been those that are most easily understood by taking atmospheric measurements. Hurricanes and tornadoes, for example, are spatially confined, the forces that drive them are highly concentrated, and they have distinctive forms and readily quantifiable characteristics. Consequently, data about them are abundant, and their behavior is relatively well understood, although still difficult to predict.

Hurricanes and tornadoes are also studied because they are highly destructive storms, and knowledge about their behavior can help minimize injury to people and property. But other equally destructive storms have not been so thoroughly researched, perhaps because they are more difficult to study. A primary example is the northeaster, a type of coastal storm that causes significant damage along the eastern coast of North America. Northeasters, whose diffuse nature makes them difficult to categorize, are relatively weak low-pressure systems with winds that rarely acquire the strength of even the smallest hurricane. Although northeasters are perceived to be less destructive than other storms, the high waves associated with strong northeasters can cause damage comparable to that of a hurricane, because they can affect stretches of coast more than 1,500 kilometers long, whereas hurricanes typically threaten a relatively small ribbon of coastline—roughly 100 to 150 kilometers.

With which of the following statements about northeasters would the author of the passage most likely agree?

a)Even increased knowledge about the behavior of northeasters is unlikely to reduce the injury to people and property that they cause.
b)Northeasters are deserving of closer study by climatologists than they have received in the past.
c)Damage caused by northeasters is less easily assessed than damage caused by hurricanes.
d)Northeasters are more difficult to study than are hurricanes and tornadoes because northeasters occur less often.
e)Northeasters are too diffuse to warrant close study by climatologists.




why it is B and not E as no where it is hinted that author wnats close study of notheatsers and for E it does say that "Northeasters, whose diffuse nature makes them difficult to categorize" which hints that ,that is the reason that they are difficult to study by climatologists..

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Re: Hurricane RC( Gmat teaser:from www.mba.com) [#permalink] New post 09 May 2011, 10:32
Nice short RC!......B,E,A it is. The third one is a bit tricky as option C mentions that such storms are more difficult to predict!
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Re: Hurricane RC( Gmat teaser:from www.mba.com) [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2011, 19:24
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Re: Hurricane RC( Gmat teaser:from www.mba.com) [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2011, 07:58
I felt the answer is C, because the passage says - Northeasters are perceived to be less destructive than other storms.
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Re: Hurricane RC( Gmat teaser:from www.mba.com) [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2011, 08:52
Answers B, E and A
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Re: The storms most studied by climatologists have been those [#permalink] New post 31 May 2014, 08:19
Sorry but I cannot figure out why the answer for the first question is B. I think E is correct. Can anyone post the OA? Thanks a lot
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