rain shadow


Definition of rain shadow

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

Examples of rain shadow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Rocky Mountains were continuing to rise, and their rain shadow dried out the Great Plains. Andrew L. Hipp, Scientific American, 15 July 2020 At those elevations, the rain shadow of the Coast Range means slightly lower rainfall totals, cooler springs and warmer autumns. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 4 June 2020 So we are said to be in the rain shadow of the Himalayas. National Geographic, 16 June 2020 Marchesi credited the combination of rain shadow protection and the loess soils deposited in the region by the prehistoric Missoula Floods with defining the region’s wines. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 4 June 2020 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, 24 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of rain shadow

1896, in the meaning defined above

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“Rain shadow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rain%20shadow. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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