What is a monsoon?
- Published on: 8/24/2018
- What is a monsoon? The word monsoon comes from the Arabic word 'mausim' which translates as 'season', which is suggestive of the seasonal nature of the monsoon and its associated rains.
A monsoon climate is characterised by a dramatic seasonal change in direction of the prevailing winds of a region which brings a marked change in rainfall.
The monsoon climate results in high annual rainfall totals exceeding 1.5 m (5 ft) in many places.
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