rain shadow


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rain shadow

[′rān ‚shad·ō]
(meteorology)
An area of diminished precipitation on the lee side of mountains or other topographic obstacles.
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PORT TOWNSEND IS nestled on western Washington's Olympic Peninsula, in the rain shadow of the towering Olympic Mountains and in the journalistic shadow of the daily newspaper giants in Seattle, and of smaller dailies in nearby Port Angeles and Bremerton.
Across the water, in the rain shadow of Haleakala-Maui's towering, dormant volcano - Kaho'olawe was a reddish blur surrounded by the silent sky.
Here in the rain shadow of the Sierra crest, 40 miles to the west, I found few lush, tree-lined waterways.
The White Mountains stand in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada just 20 miles west.
Even the weather is relatively mild, kept that way by a rain shadow cast across the islands by the Olympic Mountains--which exposes the San Juans to just half the rainfall of Seattle--and warm currents that modify the temperatures.
The western side, in contrast, is nearly a desert because it sits in a rain shadow cast by the mountain peak.
LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper loses a life-or-death struggle with her umbrella on a visit to rain-lashed, windswept Tyneside yesterday
When planting next to shrubs or trees, put the planting hole outside the rain shadow of the shrub or tree and use the canes to train the plant into the shrub or tree.
SAN JUAN ISLANDS, WASHINGTON, USA Thanks to the Olympic Peninsula's rain shadow effect (where mountains block rain-producing weather systems) summer in Washington's San Juan Islands is all about the weather, whales, and water on the archipelago's four named islands - San Juan, Orcas, Lopez, and Shaw.
She has proved a hard nut to crack for politicians, businessmen and lobbyists wherever she has worked -- from education to social welfare to agriculture to transport to civil supplies to rain shadow, and finally as commissioner in the panchayat raj department.
Temperatures - High Pennines mean July - August figures are around 16 C South Yorkshire mean July - August figures are around 21 C Mean annual temperature for Shetland Isles is 7 C Mean Annual temperature for Cornwall is 11 C In the Huddersfield area these differences are exaggerated because of the fact that we live within the rain shadow of the Pennine hills and so the rainfall figures can vary tremendously from Holme Moss to the centre of Huddersfield - a drop of nearly 500 metres (550 yards) giving pouring rain on the hills and bright sunshine in the town centre.
To maximise the chance of dry weather, I started my Olympic odyssey on the east side of the park, in the rain shadow of Mount Olympus.