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Monsoon

Signaling seasonal change, a monsoon is the direction of a region’s strongest winds. Always blowing from cold to warm, they determine a region’s climate, causing wet and dry seasons.

Usually associated with Asia, monsoon wind systems exist elsewhere in the world, too. Investigate the effects they have on those regions and the people living in them.

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What Is a Monsoon?

What Is a Monsoon?

Changes in Earth’s atmosphere contribute to the conditions that form a monsoon — the seasonal shift in wind direction. Discover the annual roles played by high and low pressure in Asia. More...

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WeatherStreet.com
Effects of Monsoon Season on India

Effects of Monsoon Season on India

Monsoon rains are essential to food production in India. Watch to discover the effects on the country’s economy when the rains come late. More...

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Stratfor.com
Hot Topic: Stamatina Hunter

Hot Topic: Stamatina Hunter

Using NASA data images, Stamatina found a correlation between India's gravitational pull and the effects of monsoon season as a high school junior. Check out her monsoon and global warming research. More...

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NASA
India Monsoons Intensifying, Hazard Risks Increasing

India Monsoons Intensifying, Hazard Risks Increasing

Explore the impact of India’s increasingly heavy monsoon rains over the past 50 years, including the disastrous too much or too little rainfall. More...

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National Geographic
Making of a Monsoon

Making of a Monsoon

What are the key ingredients for a monsoon? Find out, then take a look at the international effort to accurately forecast monsoon rainfall. More...

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NATURE/PBS
Measure Your Monsoon Mastery

Measure Your Monsoon Mastery

Test your knowledge of the Arizona monsoon season, which brings lightning, damaging winds, dust storms, and flash floods along with half the state's annual rainfall. More...

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Arizona Daily Star
Monsoon Safety?

Monsoon Safety?

Besides heat-relieving rains, the monsoon in Arizona ushers in hail, lightning, dust storms, and other real hazards. Make sure you stay safe with these tips. More...

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