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The Olympic Mountains in Washingtion State seem to loom over Victoria at sunrise.  Credit: E Wiebe
Credit: E Wiebe


The Olympic Mountains in Washingtion State seem to loom over Victoria at sunrise. The Olympics cast a significant rain shadow over the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This greatly benefits Victoria and the Gulf Islands, creating summer conditions that are typically sunny and dry.

There are at least three different layers of clouds visible in this picture. You can see fog on the strait at the base of the mountains, cumulus clouds caused by air rising up the southwestern face of the range and stratus clouds above it all, part of the larger scale weather system that was passing by at the time of the picture.

Here is an image of a map someone made showing the rain shadow effect. This map was found on a Washington (state) tourist site so we make no claim about its accuracy or provenance. The contours are presumably rainfall in archaic distance units (inches).




UVic / SEOS / Climate Group / About Front Page Picture / Olympic Mountains and Victoria Last updated: Tuesday, 31-May-2005 10:54:45 PDT
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