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A rain shadow (or more accurately, precipitation shadow) is a dry region on the surface of the Earth that is leeward or behind a mountain with respect to the prevailing wind direction.



A region on the leeward side of a mountain or similar barrier where precipitation is less than on the windward side. For example, eastern TAS is in the of the central plateau receives far less rain than western TAS.

Rain Shadow: The region on the lee side of a mountain or mountain range, where precipitation is decreased compared to the windward side.

Also referred to as a precipitation shadow, it is the region on the lee side of a mountain or similar barrier where the precipitation is less than on the windward side.

Rain Shadow The dry region on the leeward side of a mountain (the side sheltered from the wind).

Areas of the leeward side of a mountain or mountain range which often receive much less rain than the windward side.

Rain Shadow
An area of reduced precipitation on the lee side of a mountain barrier caused by warming of air and dissipation of cloudiness as air descends the barrier.
Rain Shield ...

The region on the leeside of a mountain where the precipitation is noticeably less than on the windward side.
Rawinsonde observation A radiosonde observation that includes wind data.

Rain shadow - A region situated downwind of a high mountain barrier and characterized by descending air and, as a consequence, a relatively dry climate.

- A dry region downwind of high mountains where very little moisture is left in the air after passing over the mountains. Usually causes desert regions, especially in places like the Southwest US.

A transition zone between a mass of warm air and the colder air it is replacing.
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Browse Related Terms: Air Mass Thunderstorm, Katafront, Rain Shadow, Stable, Warm Sector, WFP, WRM, ...

See also: See also: Water, Precipitation, Clouds, Air, Cloud

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