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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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FIGURE 8.15 Precipitation caused by uplift of air crossing the Sierra Nevada range of California from west to east. The maximum precipitation occurs on the windward slope because air in the summit region is too cool to retain a large supply of moisture. Note the rain shadow on the downwind side that gives Reno a desert climate.

Given the locations of the recording stations shown here, during what season does the maximum precipitation on the windward slope occur?

To determine

The season in which the maximum precipitation on the windward slope occurs from the given locations of the recording station.

Explanation

The condensation of moisture and precipitation are stimulated on the highlands by forcing the moving air masses to rise over them. An area that is characterized by rocky slopes and lack of forest will have a surface that grows warm during the day. It results in upward convection and thereby produces afternoon thundershowers...

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