Orographic effects on precipitating clouds

  title={Orographic effects on precipitating clouds},
  author={Robert A. Houze},
  journal={Reviews of Geophysics},
  • R. Houze
  • Published 1 March 2012
  • Environmental Science, Physics
  • Reviews of Geophysics
Precipitation over and near mountains is not caused by topography but, rather, occurs when storms of a type that can occur anywhere (deep convection, fronts, tropical cyclones) form near or move over complex terrain. Deep convective systems occurring near mountains are affected by channeling of airflow near mountains, capping of moist boundary layers by flow subsiding from higher terrain, and triggering to break the cap when low‐level flow encounters hills near the bases of major mountain… 
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