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Weather and Caves Windward and Leeward Sides Essay

… Weather and Caves

Windward and Leeward Sides of Mountains- Orographic precipitation, or a rain shadow effect, is an explanation of why the windward side of a mountain is typically rainy and the leeward side dry. The diagram shows that warm moist wind rises, cools and condenses, forming precipitation, which is then lost and the resulting clouds are dry on the opposite side of the mountain. The condition exists because warm moist air rises. As it rises, the decrease in atmospheric pressure (with increased altitude) causes the air to expand and reach dew point. At this dew point, moisture condenses onto the mountain, dumping rain, snow, etc. On the windward side. Then as the air descends on the leeward side, there is little moisture left. This,…. [read more]

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