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July is the start of monsoon season in the Southwest USA – Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah. The season runs through September as the Mohave Desert gets the occasional giant splattering of rain. Microbursts are common.

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  • For those experienced in such matters, what are the do’s and don’ts?
  • How are monsoons similar and different around the world?
  • How do you translate ‘monsoon’ in other languages?
  • Why is Hurricane Season longer than Monsoon season?

Monsoon is traditionally defined as a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation, but is now used to describe seasonal changes in atmospheric circulation and precipitation associated with the asymmetric heating of land and sea. The term was first used in English in British India (now India, Bangladesh and Pakistan) and neighbouring countries to refer to the big seasonal winds blowing from the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea in the southwest bringing heavy rainfall to the area. The south-west monsoon winds are called ‘Nairutya Maarut’ in India. – Wikipedia

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