What Are the Important Facts About Monsoons?


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Some important facts about a monsoon is that it is a seasonal change in the winds that causes tropical wet and dry seasons, blowing into warm areas from cold regions. The two main types of monsoons are the summer monsoon and the winter monsoon.

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Monsoons are typically associated with Southeast Asia, and are important aspects of the local industry. For instance, the summer monsoon brings heavy rainfall to the area, which is critical for the growing of crops. Unlike other countries, this region of the world does not rely on irrigation to water crop; it relies on the summer monsoon and the moisture it brings. Monsoons allow rice, tea and dairy farms to remain booming enterprises in Southeast Asia. The summer monsoon also produces hydroelectric energy, which feeds electricity to schools and hospitals.

The winter monsoon is considered a dry monsoon for much of Southeast Asia, although it does bring the wet season for the countries situated along the Pacific coast of Southeast Asia.

Other monsoons include the Asian-Australian monsoon and the North America monsoon. The Asian-Australian monsoon covers a large area from north Australia over to the eastern coast of Africa and up to the Pacific coast of Russia. The North American monsoon occurs annually between the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf of California. The two wind systems from these bodies of water meet above the Sierra Mountains and water the area.

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