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Monsoon: A Primer

  • Monsoon is a kind of seasonal change, causing wind to change direction and creating wet and dry seasons in the tropical parts of the world.
  • The monsoons always move towards warmer regions, determining the climate of southeast Asia and most of India.
  • Summer monsoon is a time of heavy rainfall in the months of June, July, August and September, when warm air blows from the southwest Indian Ocean towards India.

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The yearly rain provided by the summer monsoon is eagerly anticipated by India and Southeast Asia, due to agricultural crops, hydroelectric plants and even milk-giving cows relying on the downpour.

The summer monsoons affect India’s economy if they are weak or late. If the monsoons are heavy, they cause infrastructural damage and destroy crops.

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The little-known cousin of monsoons is the Winter Monsoon, which occurs from October till March or April, coming from the northeast. 

The Himalayan Mountains act as a barrier to reduce the winds' impact, resulting in dry spells and droughts.

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Apart from the monsoons in Southeast Asia, there is the Asian-Australian monsoon which has a huge wind system that covers Northern Australia, parts of Russia, the Indian Ocean and then finally the Indian Coast of Africa.

The North American Monsoon is also an annual seasonal wind, where warm and moist air from the Gulf of California blows northeast, and from the Gulf of Mexico turns northwest. The winds bring moisture to the region and help with forest fires.

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