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We didn’t extend our trip to visit India because it was the start of the monsoon system.
  rainy season in southern Asia when wind blows from the southwest
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monsoon monsoons
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More rarely, "monsoon" can refer to any heavy rain or to seasonal winds.
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  • We didn’t extend our trip to visit India because it was the start of the monsoon system.
  • She had forgotten just how damp the monsoon air in Ayemenem could be.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • In order to keep from a total meltdown, I think about what Lindsay would say if she were stuck with me in the middle of the night in the middle of woods that extend who knows how many miles in the middle of a monsoon, if she saw me tearing at the ground like a deranged mole, completely covered in mud.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • We normally don’t have monsoons in Swat and at first we were happy, thinking the rain would mean a good harvest.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala

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  • The Nuwara Eliya Tennis Championships had ended and there were monsoons in Colombo.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Maybe if she just waited out the monsoon.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • It’s in the monsoon region; annual rainfall in the coastal areas is about two hundred inches, and the average temperature of those areas is close to ninety degrees.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Every year, Cristian looked forward to the monsoon season, which typically began around June.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Couldn’t even get television during monsoon.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • All windows and doors were slammed tight shut, because this was monsoon rain, driving in, right across the country from the southwest.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor

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  • It was early May and the monsoon hadn’t come yet.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • But all they’ve got in the Pacific is jungles and monsoons, I’d rot there.’
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The whole atmosphere, they carried it, the humidity, the monsoons, the stink of fungus and decay, all of it, they carried gravity.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • The monsoons came late to the desert, and I was glad.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • A monsoon.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • But he, being a man well experienced in the navigation of those seas, bid us all prepare against a storm, which accordingly happened the day following: for the southern wind, called the southern monsoon, began to set in.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • That could only mean the monsoon, blowing in from India.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • During the easterly monsoon season, birds of paradise lose the magnificent feathers around their tails that naturalists call ’below–the–wing’ feathers.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • It had stood up well to sun and wind, but after the monsoon rains several small patches showed wear and it was well to get things done in good time.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • But in early May, we hoped, the approach of the monsoon from the Bay of Bengal would force the jet stream north into Tibet.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Geoffrey knew the ladies Colter meant; a Couple of hysterical beldames probably suffering from the alternate calms and monsoons of midlife, both as dotty as a child’s Draw-It-Name-It puzzle.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • The jungle breathed an eternal green that fevered men until they dripped sweat the way rubbery jungle leaves dripped the monsoon rain.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • A monsoon swept in, soaking the tense and terrified boys.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • They have tremendous potential with their famines, monsoons, religious strife, train wrecks, boat sinkings, et cetera.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • The final beat up before the monsoon had come.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • He had doubled the cape a few odd times and weathered a monsoon, a kind of wind, in the China seas and through all those perils of the deep there was one thing, he declared, stood to him or words to that effect, a pious medal he had that saved him.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Only during monsoons.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • That was in the monsoon holidays, after he had taken the prize for mathematics.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Overhead, the clouds are thick and dark, giving warning that this is monsoon season, when floods of rain could fall from the sky in a matter of minutes.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • I am used to the Matthew-month monsoon storms on Pacem, so the first hour of lightning displays did not seem too unusual.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • He had returned to his seat; his eyes were closed and his face was loosened and unjoined as though all the salts and preservatives of unvanquishable authority had washed away in some sudden, unforeseeable monsoon.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The monsoons were part of the war.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • We were in the middle of a monsoon.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • A scandal that starts here and reverberates to East Washington will come back on us like a monsoon.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • "The monsoon breaks up early this year," he remarked conversationally, somewhere behind me.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • He heard the rumors and the mortars and felt the monsoon heat and heard the universal slogan of the war.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Immovable through the Madras monsoons and through the dog days of summer, that tree had been his protector and guide.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • The cats parted like clouds of dust in a monsoon, and an ancient man, gray-haired and white-bearded, moved through them to the beach.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • So that Monsoons, Pampas, Nor’-Westers, Harmattans, Trades; any wind but the Levanter and Simoon, might blow Moby Dick into the devious zig-zag world-circle of the Pequod’s circumnavigating wake.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Monsoons could be ahead!
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • "If one could smoke, Master Pathfinder," observed the old sailor, "this berth would be snug enough; for, to give the devil his due, you have got the canoes handsomely landlocked, and into moorings that would defy a monsoon.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • And so, while monsoon and heat moved into deserted Colombo homes, it was to Nuwara Eliya that my grandparents and their circle of friends would go.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Once a month (except during the monsoons), a parcel would arrive for Chacko by VPP.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • The building has stood here for over three hundred years, in the palm of monsoons, through seasonal droughts and invasions from other countries.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • The Monsoon Meet in May, the Hakgalle Stakes in February, the Nuwara Eliya Cup in August.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • It certainly wasn’t a driving rain, like you see during the monsoons.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The water trickled down my face and down my neck; though just a beaker’s worth, it had the refreshing effect of a monsoon rain.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • That year the monsoon broke early with an evil intensity such as none could remember before.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • He said it was a Lucky Leaf, that made the Monsoons come on time.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Because the nights were cold, and because the monsoons were wet, each carried a green plastic poncho that could be used as a raincoat or groundsheet or makeshift tent.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
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