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What are the seasonal winds that play a large role in South Asia called?

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happyface22 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted May 17, 2010 at 8:41 AM via web

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What are the seasonal winds that play a large role in South Asia called?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 17, 2010 at 8:43 AM (Answer #1)

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I believe that the word you are looking for to complete this question is "monsoon."  The monsoon is a season of winds and heavy rains that affects much of South Asia on an annual basis.

The term monsoon is most usually connected with South Asia, and particularly with what used to be British India (which also includes what is now Pakistan and Bangladesh).  This is how the word got into the English language.  However, there are also monsoons in some other parts of the world.

In South Asia, the Monsoon is a summer phenomenon that occurs from June to September.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted July 2, 2010 at 4:06 PM (Answer #2)

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Yes the right answer is "monsoon". I am giving below some additional information on monsoon.

The name monsoon is derived from a local name for these winds, which means seasonal winds. The monsoon blows over the northern part of the Indian Ocean, especially the Arabian Sea, and over most of the surrounding land areas.  The monsoon blows from the southwest from April to October, and from the northeast from November to March. The southwesterly monsoon brings heavy rains to southern and southeastern Asia, including Bangladesh, Burma, India, and Thailand. Popularly the word monsoon is used only for these winds tha bring tain with them.

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