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  Shadow - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A shadow cast by the Earth on the Moon is a lunar eclipse.
The term shadow is also used with regard to other things than light, for example rain: a rain shadow is a dry area, which, with respect to the prevailing wind direction, is beyond a mountain range; it is dry because air masses lose part of their water when they move over these mountains.
Shadows, mainly in this genre, are said to be the departed souls of people that have had their lives tragically cut short or did not receive acceptance in heaven or hell.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Shadow   (622 words)

  
 rain shadow effect   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
A rain shadow is a dry area, which, with respect to the prevailing wind direction, is over a range of mountains.
A rain shadow is dry, because as moist air masses rise to top a mountain range, they cool, some of their water vapor condenses as rain, and they lose water.
Good examples (in the United States, at least; rain shadows occur worldwide) are in the deserts of the Basin and Range Province, or the dry areas east of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington State.
www.yourencyclopedia.net /Rain_shadow_effect.html   (195 words)

  
 Rain shadow - Encyclopedia.WorldSearch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
A rain shadow area is dry because, as moist air masses rise to top a mountain range or large mountain, the air cools and water vapor condenses as rain or snow, falling on the windward side or top of the mountain.
The effect of the process is the creation, on the leeward side, of an area of descending dry and warming air, and a region that is quite arid.
Hawaii also has rain shadows, with some areas of the islands being desert, much to the surprise of many tourists.
encyclopedia.worldsearch.com /rain_shadow.htm   (230 words)

  
 Rain shadow   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
A rain shadow is a dry region on the of earth that (with respect to the wind direction) is leeward or behind a mountain.
A rain shadow area is dry because as moist masses rise to top a mountain range or large mountain the air cools water vapor condenses as rain falling on the windward side or top of the mountain.
Good examples (in the United States ; rain shadows occur worldwide) are in deserts of the Basin and Range Province the dry areas east of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington State.
www.freeglossary.com /Rain_shadow   (294 words)

  
 THX SHADOW FAX+/ The Winning Season   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Shadow was in good shape but I know he didn't have the climbing experience, being a "flat-land" horse.
Shadow managed to stay on his feet all the way down with only a small gash on a hind fetlock.
Shadow's back was not sore, but I knew if it was the least bit wet, he would act sore-backed.
members.aol.com /THXSHADOWFAX/season.html   (1941 words)

  
 Shadow article - Shadow light dimensional projection umbra penumbra Earth Moon eclipse - What-Means.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
More generally the term shadow is also used with regard to other things than light, for example rain: a rain shadow is a dry area, which, with respect to the prevailing wind direction, is beyond a mountain range; it is dry because air masses lose part of their water when they move over these mountains.
Fiction: In Peter Pan the main character loses his shadow: it snaps off when he leaps out of the window, which is slammed closed behind him.
Shadow article - Shadow definition - what means Shadow
www.what-means.com /encyclopedia/Shadow   (347 words)

  
 The Rain Shadow Effect
The rain shadow effect is where precipitation amounts drop significantly on the leeward side of a mountain.
After the rain had stopped, I checked all of the rain gauges, made sure none of them were stolen, recorded the data, and emptied them.
Since the rain shadow effect is almost entirely based on the wind speed, the wind speed is the only variable I need for a good approximation.
www.weatherpages.com /rainshadow   (2920 words)

  
 Types of Deserts
Deserts are classified by their geographical location and dominant weather pattern as trade wind, midlatitude, rain shadow, coastal, monsoon, or polar deserts.
Rain shadow deserts are formed because tall mountain ranges prevent moisture-rich clouds from reaching areas on the lee, or protected side, of the range.
A blanket of snow separates the vegetation in the Tian Shan from the rain shadow desert.
pubs.usgs.gov /gip/deserts/types   (1181 words)

  
 Rain Introduction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Often, summer rains are brief and highly localized, as clouds suddenly boil up from the south in the afternoon and early evening.
The indigenous people of the Southwest welcome rain into their lives and land, praying for the blessing of rain through a variety of ceremonies and creative expressions.
This deep spiritual relationship is far from the stereotype of the "Indian Rain Dance", or feeble jokes suggesting a superficial and simplistic magic.
www.heard.org /rain/rainintr.html   (411 words)

  
 Rain Shadow - Beans for Breakfast   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
It's raining lightly at the corner where I'm waiting to cross the street.
The interesting thing is that the sidewalk is dry, the rain is only hitting the street.
She stands in the same place the entire time I'm in line, at one point pulling the shadow of a cellphone out from somewhere and talking into it for a minute.
www.struat.com /here/001135.php   (338 words)

  
 Shadow   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
A shadow cast by the Earth on the Moon is alunar eclipse.
Conversely, a shadow cast by the Moon on the Earth is a solareclipse.
Fiction: In Peter Pan the main character loses his shadow: it snapsoff when he leaps out of the window, which is slammed closed behind him.
www.therfcc.org /shadow-44026.html   (268 words)

  
 KryssTal : Rain
The rain is caused by rapidly forming Cumulus and Cumulonimbus clouds.
The rain from a Warm Front is not dependent on the presence or absence of the Sun and can occur at any time of the day or night.
Monsoon rain is seasonal and occurs in certain regions of the Earth, India being one of the best known examples.
www.krysstal.com /rain.html   (1213 words)

  
 rain shadow --¬† Encyclop√¶dia Britannica
This is caused by a longitudinal rain shadow zone (created when air masses lose their moisture while passing over high mountains) on the eastern side of the Andes.
rain, snow, or other precipitation produced when moist air is lifted as it moves over a mountain range.
Variations of relief—particularly elevation—and such factors as rain shadows, bodies of water, and wind patterns, however, create a multitude of microclimates.
www.britannica.com /eb/article-9062489?tocId=9062489&query=null&ct=null   (784 words)

  
 Rain shadow   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
A rain shadow is a dry region on the surface of earth that (with respect to the prevailing wind direction) isleeward or behind a mountain.
A rain shadow area is dry because, as moistair masses rise to top a mountain range or large mountain, the aircools and water vapor condenses as rain, falling onthe windward side or top of the mountain.
The effect of the process is the creation, on the leewardside, of an area of descending dry and warming air, and a region that is quite arid.
www.therfcc.org /rain-shadow-21784.html   (171 words)

  
 Rain Shadow   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
If you're not feeling the warmth of the sun, you must be carrying a mental umbrella that reminds you of rain and keeps...
After walking in rain and sleet all day, thunder and lightning kept me awake at the...
model, which is four times as detailed as earlier ones, is the first simulation to incorporate local geographical features such as the rain shadow region along...
rain-shadow.wikiverse.org   (320 words)

  
 The Rain Shadow Effect
As the intensified rain from the mountains passes into the valley, it loses it’s intensity at a constant rate.
The horizontal region represents the area unaffected by wind-blown rain and clouds.
The value for rain sub San Jose is at the Civic Center downtown.
www.weatherpages.com /rainshadow/indexold.html   (2920 words)

  
 komo | Weather FAQ: What Is The Rain Shadow?
The Olympic Mountains act as a wall that protects the northeastern Olympic Peninsula and San Juan Islands from the bulk of the rain that moves into the Pacific Northwest.
That's why Seattle only receives about 37 inches of rain a year -- there are plenty of rainy days where Seattle gets less than others as we get the benefit of the rain shadow.
And of course, almost all of Eastern Washington is in the Cascade Rain Shadow.
www.komotv.com /weather/faq/rain_shadow.asp   (589 words)

  
 SECRET RADIO blog, featuring:
DREAM WAR: Shadow Soldiers11: Rain and Sickness
Rain and sleet came, and the air, now with a steel edge to it, reminded her of the cold storage bins.
Rain, sometimes mixed with sleet, fell in steady, cold curtains as Carrie pulled up to the storage bins.
The pull-down door was closed, but yellow light from the bin's single, strong overhead light bulb made a line of illumination between the weather stripping and the concrete.
home.earthlink.net /~graceblog/2005/09/shadow-soldiers11-rain-and-sickness.htm   (1529 words)

  
 eLibrary Project : Rain shadow   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The Department of Rain Shadow Areas Development is formulating the plan so that there would be adequate flows into the reservoirs of all the three States.
The first is that the airport might be in a bit of a "rain shadow" downwind from Catawba Mountain, where McAfee Knob is. On a larger
The 10 rain shadow districts selected for the operations are Anantapur, Kurnool, Kadapa, Chittoor, Nellore, Prakasam, Mahbubnagar, Guntur, Nalgonda and Ranga
www.elibraryproject.com /info/Rain_shadow.html   (642 words)

  
 The Christian Science Monitor | csmonitor.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
A drizzly rain may descend at only 70 cm per second (2.5 km per hour, or 1-1/2 miles per hour).
Rain can't fall much faster than that, though the wind may blow it around pretty hard.
To villagers, the same rain we shed with umbrellas and slickers is valued as liquid gold.
www.csmonitor.com /durable/2000/04/25/f-p18s1.shtml   (1017 words)

  
 Precipitation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Olympic's plant and animal communities receive widely-varying amounts of rain.
As Pacific storms head eastward, rain clouds rise over the Olympic Mountains into thinner air.
Water vapor drops out when the air cools, dumping moisture into the westside rain forests.
www.nps.gov /olym/invrain.htm   (58 words)

  
 goats: Ring of Fire forum: RAIN!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The rain is actually the key to our comfort in this zone, where i live at the confluence of the Georgia Strait, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Puget Sound.
The difference is in distribution: here, we have half a year of rain, half a year of sun.
Whereas, if you're on the east-facing slopes, most of the clouds would have already dumped their payloads on their journey uphill, and the result is drastically less rain on that side.
www.goats.com /forums/flame/1090/index.html   (3113 words)

  
 rain on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Rain plays a key role in the hydrologic, or water, cycle in which moisture from the oceans evaporates, condenses into clouds, precipitates back to earth, and eventually returns to the ocean via runoff into streams and rivers to begin the cycle again.
VTNAM.Hanoi.People sheltering from rain under the Paul DOUMER bridge, built by the French.
Rain, rain, snow away ; Maine's version of spring: Lots of rain, some snow, and car crashes.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/r1/rain.asp   (527 words)

  
 The Weather Notebook: Rain Shadows   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
When moist Pacific air hits the wall of the Olympic Mountain range, it rises and cools, and the cooling causes the water vapor to condense and fall as rain...lots and lots of rain, especially in the winter months when the active jet stream funnels in one storm after another.
But as soon as these juicy air masses cross the 5,000 to 8,000 foot Olympic crest, mostly from southwest to northeast, the process goes into reverse: the air warms as it descends, clouds disperse, sun peeks through, and the landscape looks thirsty.
Rain shadows exist wherever mountains intercept a flow of moist air: the Cascade and Sierra ranges cast a rain shadow on the three Pacific states, and the Great Plains parch in the rain shadow of the Rockies.
www.mountwashington.org /notebook/transcripts/2000/04/19.html   (289 words)

  
 BAY AREA / When it rains, it pours -- literally / These soggy locales can get twice the rain as neighbors do
The short explanation is that rain clouds rise when they encounter mountains and the cold air at the higher altitude causes the release of moisture.
Michael Hadfield, a battalion chief for the Kentfield Fire District, said the rain caused terrible flooding until the early 1970s, when the Army Corps of Engineers built a concrete channel for Corte Madera Creek from the bay to the town of Ross.
Rain can fall steadily for a week at a stretch, interspersed with violent squalls that dump biblical amounts of moisture onto the area's steep slopes and redwood forest.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/01/12/BAGNOAOU9C1.DTL   (980 words)

  
 Excerpt From Rain Shadow - Cheryl St.John
Rain Shadow raised the revolver in a flurry of swinging fringe, and the nut exploded into fragments.
Rain Shadow watched him wrestle with his feelings and disguise his anger for his son's benefit.
Rain Shadow possessed none of the qualities necessary to snag a husband.
www.tlt.com /authors/cstjohn/shadow_x.htm   (1195 words)

  
 Rain Shadow Encyclopedia Article, Definition, History, Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
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www.artquilt.com /encyclopedia/Rain_shadow   (372 words)

  
 Rain_Shadow   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The following image demonstrates just how much of a rain shadow from Mt. Lofty Echunga is in.
Take notice of the highlighted white circle in the middle of the image, the centre of this circle is where Echunga is located and as the weather moves in from the northwest (the direction of the rain shadow), the lack of rain in the circle is clearly visible!
As most of our initial frontal rain comes from the northwest, this is just one reason why Echunga receives less annual rainfall than its near neighbours.
homepages.picknowl.com.au /timkat/Rain_Shadow.htm   (134 words)

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