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The "natural laboratory" of mountainous Dominica (158N) in the trade wind belt is used to study the physics of tropical orographic precipitation in its purest form, unforced by weather disturbances or by the diurnal cycle of solar heating. A cross-island line of rain gauges and 5-min radar scans from Guadeloupe reveal a large annual precipitation at high elevation (7 m yr 21 ) and a large orographic enhancement factor (2 to 8) caused primarily by repetitive convective triggering over thedoi:10.1175/2008jas2920.1 fatcat:tvc542klt5fotdssulpymvt5xy