rain shadow

noun

Definition of rain shadow 

: a region of reduced rainfall on the lee side of high mountains

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Michelle’s grapes, like those of all premium wines in the state, are grown far from the famously soggy coast, in the rain shadow of the Cascades, where the Columbia, Snake, Yakima, and Walla Walla rivers provide irrigation. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "How Washington State Became a Major Player in American Wine," 24 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of rain shadow

1896, in the meaning defined above

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