MONSOON SEASONS

A monsoon is a seasonal change in the direction of the prevailing, or strongest, winds of a region. These winds cause wet and dry seasons throughout much of the tropics and are most often associated with the Indian Ocean.  Monsoons always blow from cold to warm regions. The summer monsoon and the winter monsoon determine the climate for most of India and Southeast Asia.  They regularly last for two months, so smile, get out your umbrellas and your rubber flip-flops because the rainy season will be here at least until January if the nation is blessed with that much water to fill the wells and increase groundwater.

Monsoon TragediesIf poetry suits your taste, you will appreciate Majestic Arrival.  Majestic Arrival is mostly an upbeat blog about the rains and happy dreams for farmers, but tragedy can come for others.  Poor or hurried construction near the edge of rivers is the problem in this photo.

Time Magazine ran a series on the Asian Monsoons.  Some of the featured pictures are sobering, while others are joyful.  Of course the rains fall all over India when the winds bring them, and they are welcomed even if they can be somewhat inconvenient.

Monsoon RainsWhile most Asians rejoice that the rains are beneficial, there are a few who respond negatively.  The lack of sun, the sound of pounding rain on the roof day after day can lead to deep clinical depression. Construction workers may be out of work because they are daily wage earners.  Poor people who have built huts in lowlands often lose everything.  Many will lose a roof or a portion of a house.  One Vemo Video called Monsoon Moods probably says it best (kick start it to make it move ahead).  You will see the joy of the green along with the sights and sounds of darkness and danger.  Critters such as frogs, snakes, spiders, lizards and ants thrive in the tropics and gain new power as they invade houses and water supplies.  Even water-borne protozoa is alive and well, carrying disease and death.

Tragedy is not what it is all about.  The people may be wet, but the dampness of their clothing only turns their hearts to thoughts of food.  One blogger posted a whole plethora of recipes to satisfy the increased hunger on Monsoon Magic.

The picture gallery shows the need for rain as well as the results.  You will see one unlikely pair who needed each other because of the high water.  Maybe people will discover new friendships and new ways to help too.

6 thoughts on “MONSOON SEASONS

  1. A rat on a frog’s back… Now there is something I have not seen before.

    The sky is oddly beautiful in the featured image. I understand the human element to it, but there is still something about the might of nature that leaves one in awe.
    I come from a country where the sun shines almost all year round. I have been to Scotland on tour and it was quite an experience to have so much rain – although the hills were a truly lovely green.

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  2. Hope you can keep dry, Beth 🙂 This post—apart from the tropical climate with snakes etc—reminds me of when we lived on Canada’s west coast (which is actually a rainforest area). Winters there seemed like endless months of overcast skies and soggy everything. And so, I know from experience that it’s not always easy, but so important to keep a positive attitude until the sun finally breaks through 🙂 ❤ ❤

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    1. In years past we could scarcely get our laundry done. We had four kids and I washed clothes in a bucket. At times there were as many as 3 dozen diapers for the two little ones a year apart, and washing diapers got old really fast. Believe me as soon as they could understand where to go, I set my timer and gave them a boost toward the spot in the floor we called a toilet.

      If the older son wore jeans, it might be weeks before his jeans were dry, and there were times we had to wash them again because they soured just waiting for the sunshine.

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