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Is leeward side wet or dry?
Why is it called leeward?
The name of this island group, Leeward Islands, dates from previous centuries, when sailing ships were the sole form of transportation across the Atlantic Ocean. In sailing terminology, ‘windward’ means towards the source of the wind (upwind), while ‘leeward’ is the opposite direction (downwind).
Which is colder windward or leeward?
This is the colder, wetter side of an island. It is subject to consistent winds that blow cool, moist air upward. As this air is lifted, due to a decrease in atmospheric pressure, it begins to cool (scientifically called adiabatic cooling).
What is the difference between the windward and leeward side of a mountain?
Which side of a mountain gets more rain?
What is the opposite of leeward?
Why is it called the Lesser Antilles?
As a result, scholars today still refer to the Caribbean Sea as the Sea of Antilia, and the islands which make up the lower (or outer) part of this region became known as the Lesser Antilles.