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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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An environmental and natural history writer based in Ashland, Oregon, Ashworth discusses the Ogallala aquifer, which lies just below the semi-arid High Plains of North America in the rain shadow of the Rocky Mountains from South Dakota south to the Texas panhandle.
Even in our rain shadow area around Mold we had a downpour today of 42mm, which nearly filled the rain gauge.
"But where we live is in a rain shadow which means it's sheltered from these effects because it's not near to any mountains."
Nestled in the rain shadow of the Sierra Cristal, the U.S.
Plant new climbers, digging holes at least 22cm apart away from walls and fences so the plant is not in a dry rain shadow and leaning the plants into the support.
To avert such disasters without drastically reducing CO2, Calvin sees solutions straight out of the Buck Rogers catalog: blowing up ice dams, anchoring bargeloads of chemicals to enhance evaporation, creating a "rain shadow" by seeding clouds to drop unsalted water, and regulating the salty outflow of the Mediterranean Sea.
``Wales is often thought of as a wet place, but that's unfair too because in lowlying areas where there's a rain shadow - for example in Monmouthshire, east of Powys, Wrexham and Welshpool - they're relatively dry.
This is particularly important when growing against a house wall, where the soil is almost always bone dry because it's in what is known as "rain shadow".
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.
This creates an extensive dry "rain shadow," where the great mountains force the air above condensation level to dump its water on the windward slopes.
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.