Mountain Weather: Orographic Lift

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Why do so many mountain ranges exist next to a desert? As part of a larger series, PBS 6-8 Weather and Climate answers this question. The presentation offers diagrams and photographs of the development of a rain shadow. From Oregon to Bolivia, the vegetation and climate directly result from the precipitation, pressure, and wind patterns.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Share more pictures of other mountains with the same pattern
  • Find mountains without rain shadow and discuss the different weather pattern
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes prior knowledge of the water cycle

  • Includes a background essay and teaching tips
  • Works well in traditional or flipped classes

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