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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Monsoons

#1 The word monsoon doesn’t really refer to a single storm.

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Instead, it describes a whole season or large scale weather pattern.

#2 The word “monsoon” is derived from an Arabic word.

Flickr User Guy Schmickle

Flickr User Guy Schmickle

Mausin originally meant “season” or “wind shift.” These days, people use it to describe a seasonal change in  winds and precipitation.

#3 Places all over the world experience monsoon season.

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Flickr User Vince Dropney

We’re talking everywhere! North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. In North America, we see them in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah.

#4 Monsoon season runs from June 15th through September 30th.

Flickr User Guy Schmickle

Flickr User Guy Schmickle

The majority of the worst storms come in mid-July and mid-August.

#5 Monsoons are caused by warm air that creates surface low pressure zones that draw moist air.

Flickr User Mac Turberville

Flickr User Mac Turberville

This moist air comes from the oceans and the Gulfs of Mexico and California. They create “bursts” of heavy rainfall and “breaks” of reduced rainfall.

#6 Monsoon season replenishes basin groundwater.

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6 Flickr User Art

It also helps recharge river environments. Some places, like the San Pedro area, depend on the monsoon rains for drinking water!

#7 The downpours are actually pretty short, usually.

Flickr User Tony Eckersley

Flickr User Tony Eckersley

This doesn’t mean it doesn’t rain a lot, though. Some places in Arizona — approximately half the state — get half of their annual rainfall during monsoon season. The most rain falls in the mountains.

#8 Monsoon rains help bring new life to the desert plants.

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Flickr User KmrksY

They’ve endured the heat and scorching sun for months and now they store up as much water as they can for the dry season that is sure to return. Plants flourish during this time of plentiful resources and many bloom or bear fruit.

#9 Plentiful plant life means that wildlife flourishes, too.

Flickr User Dan Sorensen

Flickr User Dan Sorensen

During monsoon season, you can see a multitude of hummingbirds and other birds like the Red-faced warbler and the Mexican chickadee. Other animals like Gila monsters and scorpions are also lured out by pools of water.

#10 Monsoon downpours can quickly cause dangerous flash floods and mudslides.

Flickr User Marc

Flickr User Marc

This powerful moving water can wipe out trees and trails, damage vegetation, and move large boulders. It’s important to be especially cautious during this season, because flash floods can have tragic consequences. If you suspect a storm is brewing, stay indoors! Once the rains have subsided, you can safely go outside and appreciate all of the new life that will spring from the much-needed rain.

Cheyenne Reed

Cheyenne Reed was born and raised in Ohio. She recently relocated to rural Wyoming to try out working at an exclusive guest ranch. She graduated from Kent State University with an English degree, and most enjoys writing about travel. If she has free time, you may run into her anywhere, because she is always itching to explore new places. Her personal motto is, "Any day can be an adventure if you make it one!"

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