rain shadow


noun Meteorology.

a region in the lee of mountains that receives less rainfall than the region windward of the mountains.

Nearby words

  1. rain frog,
  2. rain gauge,
  3. rain on one's parade,
  4. rain or shine,
  5. rain out,
  6. rain shower,
  7. rain tree,
  8. rain-cloud,
  9. rain-out,
  10. rainband

Origin of rain shadow

First recorded in 1900–05

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British Dictionary definitions for rain shadow

rain shadow

noun

the relatively dry area on the leeward side of high ground in the path of rain-bearing winds
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Science definitions for rain shadow

rain shadow

An area having relatively little precipitation due to the effect of a topographic barrier, especially a mountain range, that causes the prevailing winds to lose their moisture on the windward side, causing the leeward side to be dry.
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