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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.02.12): Rain Shadow

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Rain Shadow

An area of reduced precipitation on the lee side of a mountain barrier caused by warming of air and dissipation of cloudiness as air descends the barrier.

FMI: www.weather.gov/glossary/index.php?letter=r

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