|Fig 1 - KATX 0.5 degree base reflectivity at 0250Z, March 1, 2011.|
|Fig 2 -- Sounding from Quileute, Washington at 00Z, March 1, 2011.|
What's more interesting (and the actual topic I wanted to talk about here) is that odd gap in the stratiform precipitation. See that pie-shaped wedge of ZERO radar returns extending to the southeast in the middle of that stratiform area? What would cause that? Here's a big geographical hint:
|Fig 3 -- Annotated version of figure 1.|
So when meteorologists talk about "rain shadowing", they don't actually mean this. But I enjoyed how you literally could see the "shadow" of the mountain on the radar...