rain shadow

rain shadow
noun Date: 1902 a region of reduced rainfall on the lee side of high mountains

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Rain shadow — For the Australian television series see Rain Shadow (TV series). A rain shadow or rainshadow, or more accurately, precipitation shadow, is a dry region of land that is leeward of a mountain range or other geographic feature, with respect to… …   Wikipedia

  • rain shadow — /ˈreɪn ʃædoʊ/ (say rayn shadoh) noun a drier area to the lee of a mountain range in the path of rain bearing winds: *Billy lived out in the Dust, under the rain shadow; too dry for wheat, though it was said his father had tried it twice before he …   Australian English dictionary

  • rain shadow — noun a relatively dry region sheltered from prevailing rain bearing winds by a range of hills …   English new terms dictionary

  • rain shadow — a dry region on the lee side of a mountain range where rainfall is less and fish faunas may be depauperate …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • rain shadow — Meteorol. a region in the lee of mountains that receives less rainfall than the region windward of the mountains. [1900 05] * * *       lee side of an orographic (mountainous) barrier, which receives considerably less precipitation than the… …   Universalium

  • rain shadow — noun an area of diminished precipitation on the lee side of mountains …   Wiktionary

  • rain shadow — noun an area that has little precipitation because some barrier causes the winds to lose their moisture before reaching it • Hypernyms: ↑area, ↑country …   Useful english dictionary

  • Rain Shadow (TV series) — Infobox Television show name = Rain Shadow caption = show name 2 = genre = Drama creator = director = creative director = developer = presenter = starring = voices = narrated = theme music composer = opentheme = endtheme = composer = country =… …   Wikipedia

  • Rain — is liquid precipitation. On Earth, it is the condensation of atmospheric water vapor into drops heavy enough to fall, often making it to the surface. Rain is the primary source of fresh water for most areas of the world, providing suitable… …   Wikipedia

  • Shadow — A shadow is an area where direct light from a light source cannot reach due to obstruction by an object. It occupies all of the space behind an opaque object with light in front of it. The cross section of a shadow is a two dimensional silhouette …   Wikipedia

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