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Autumn · Winter

Dry season · Wet season

Thunderstorm · Supercell
Downburst · Lightning
Tornado · Waterspout
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Winter storm · Blizzard · Ice storm
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Meteorology · Climate
Weather forecasting
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Monsoon is traditionally defined as a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by seasonal changes in precipitation,[1] but is now used to describe seasonal changes in atmospheric circulation and precipitation associated with the asymmetric heating of land and sea.[2] [3] Usually, the term monsoon is used to refer to the rainy phase of a seasonally-changing pattern, although technically there is also a dry phase.

The major monsoon systems of the world consist of the West African and Asia-Australian monsoons. The inclusion of the North and South American monsoons with incomplete wind reversal may be debated.

The term was first used in English in British India (now India, Bangladesh and Pakistan) and neighbouring countries to refer to the big seasonal winds blowing from the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea in the southwest bringing heavy rainfall to the area.[4][5]


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