However, Innsbruck is still in the Alps, with mountains to the north. We can go further north, to Unterammergau in Germany and near the northern Alpine foothills and here there are only high clouds.
In the western U.S., where most mountain ranges are oriented north-south, most (but not all) storms tend to favor the western side and mountain crest. In contrast, the eastern Alps run predominantly east-west and are quite wide so that the windward side can vary from day to day or even during the day. Mean annual precipitation in the eastern Alps, including western Switzerland, Austria, southern Germany, and northeast Italy, shows distinct bands of heavier precipitation along the northern and southern Alpine "rims". Note also that the interior Alps in this region is drier, despite higher mean terrain elevations.
|Source: Christoph Frei, ETH|