Monsoon: The Season of Transformation
The southwest summer monsoon, a four-month period when massive convective thunderstorms dominate India's weather, is Earth's most productive wet season. A product of southeast trade winds originating from a high-pressure mass centred over the southern Indian Ocean, the monsoonal torrents supply over 80% of India's annual rainfall.
These monsoon winds are accompanied by dark, stormy clouds and sheets of rain. The trees and plants which are usually dull green turn into a lush bright green foliage. The roads, parks and fields get filled with water. Sometimes, traffic jams are also caused due to water clogging in the streets. Monsoons are liked by almost everyone. It provides relief from the scorching heat of the summer sun.
It’s mid-June. I’m back home in Delhi. Around mid-night the curtains along the window start lashing out. A cool wind begins to stream through the house. I turn the fan off for the first time this season. I step out on the porch and see a stream of clouds floating in on a cool breeze steadily blowing from the west. I can’t wait for the rains to begin.
The sound of the soft pitter-patter of raindrops on the roof sounds melodious to the ears and the fragrance of wet soil created by the rain is truly unique and soothi...