Q:

What is relief rain?

A:

Relief rain occurs when warm, moist air ascends along the slope of a mountain. The air then condenses and rainfall occurs on the windward side. The leeward side of the mountain receives very little rainfall. This is called the rain shadow region.

Relief rain is also termed orographic rain. It's generally seen in coastal regions where a chain of mountains runs parallel to the coast. The oncoming sea breeze bares moisture from the sea and carries the moisture towards the hills.

Many parts of the West Indies and the United Kingdom receive relief rain. The western coast of India, along the Western Ghats, also receives orographic rain.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    What is orographic rainfall?

    A:

    Orographic rainfall is rain that is produced from the lifting of moist air over a mountain. The moist air rises and cools, producing orographic clouds, which are the source of the rain. Most orographic rain falls upwind of the mountain range, with some also falling a short distance downwind. This process can produce any type of precipitation, including snow, sleet, hail or freezing drizzle.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What makes it rain?

    A:

    Rain and other forms of precipitation occur when water accumulates in the clouds and falls to the ground. This occurs due to the water cycle, which continually recycles the water on Earth.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How is rain formed?

    A:

    Rain is the result of water droplets gathering together in clouds and gravity causing the water droplets to fall as rain. Warm air has more water droplets than cold air.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why is rain water naturally acidic?

    A:

    Rain water absorbs carbon dioxide from the air it passes through on its way down. The carbon dioxide reacts with the water to form carbonic acid. This mechanism is one of the principal ways in which atmospheric carbon is scrubbed from the air and put back into circulation among living systems.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore