The illustration at right shows the storm-blocking effects of
the Olympic Mountains. The phenomenon commonly called
the "Bannana Belt" effectively reduces the precipitation in the
adjacent islands, producing a much sunnier climate.
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Northwest of Seattle, Washington lie several groups of islands that are nestled
mountain ranges to the North, South and to the East. The protected waters that
surround these islands are a closely guarded secret of those who have discovered this
Northwest oasis. Although the Pacific Northwest receives a significant amount of rainfall,
these cruising areas are situated in the lee of of three different mountain ranges that create a
rain shadow that yields a wonderful micro-climate.
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