Saturday, July 09, 2011
Monsoon: traditionally defined as a seasonal reversing wind accompanied
by corresponding changes in precipitation, but is now used to describe
seasonal changes in atmospheric circulation and precipitation associated
with the asymmetric heating of land and sea. 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.
Our annual "Monsoon Season" is starting a bit early this year, and as a result,
our swamp cooler is less efficient, water glasses (and humans) perspire more,
drawers stick and it seems to rain every afternoon for a brief time. This weather,
sweeping up from Mexico affects millions of people here in the Southwest. It's
not one of my favorite times of the year. There's a reason I don't live in the Pacific
Northwest. I don't like rain, and typically Western Colorado is pretty devoid
of it. Luckily, the showers don't last long. Unfortunately, the humidity does, and
we just have to deal with it.