How much rain constitutes a monsoon? Is it always specific to a season? Why don’t we call every heavy rain a monsoon? Why is this so confusing? Calgon, take me away!
Why Should You Worry About Monsoons?
Even if you’re confused about monsoons, you can understand why what happened in Kentucky in August of 2022 shook the nation.
As the state was hit by almost a foot of rain, the death toll reached 35 and over 100 people went missing. Over 12,000 Kentuckians had to live without power for days. Homes and workplaces were completely destroyed by the heavy rains, followed by flash floods.
The disaster was such a major blow to those mountain communities that it precipitated Vice President Harris’ announcement of a $1B commitment to addressing the climate crisis.
That was a single week in Kentucky. The rest of us are probably safe, right? MAYBE NOT, MR. OPTIMISTIC.
You heard it here first: lightning and rain go hand in hand. Lightning strikes more often during monsoon season. If you think lightning is just a pretty flash in the sky, you should be aware that lightning kills 20 people in America every year. Hundreds of others are injured and left to live with lifelong neurological damage.
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Rain isn’t always a concern, but it can cause huge problems, so it’s a good idea to stay alert during the rainy season. While it’s fun watching the raindrops race down your windowpane, it isn’t as much fun when you are the one racing to save your life from a heavy downpour. It’s easier if you’re prepared, though!
In this guide, we’ll help you get prepared for a monsoon by covering: