General Knowledge - World Geography - Discussion


The hot, dry wind on the east or leeward side of the Rocky mountains (North America) is called

[A]. the Chinook
[B]. the Sirocco
[C]. the Harmattan
[D]. the Loo

Answer: Option A


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Dhruvil said: (Jul 23, 2014)  
Will someone explain me how the hot, dry wind on east or leeward side are generated?

H.Shekhar said: (Oct 6, 2014)  
The Chinook is a foehn wind, a rain shadow wind which results from the subsequent adiabatic warming of air which has dropped most of its moisture on windward slopes (orographic lift). As a consequence of the different adiabatic rates of moist and dry air, the air on the leeward slopes becomes warmer than equivalent elevations on the windward slopes.

As moist winds from the Pacific (also called Chinooks) are forced to rise over the mountains, the moisture in the air is condensed and falls out as precipitation, while the air cools at the moist adiabatic rate of 5°C/1000 m (3.5°F/1000 ft). The dried air then descends on the leeward side of the mountains, warming at the dry adiabatic rate of 10°C/1000m (5.5°F/1000 ft).

Abid said: (Sep 9, 2017)  
Chinook: Hot, dry wind in Rockies, also called "snow eater. ".

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