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.
If 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.
While 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.