Monsoon

Oh…to chase the monsoon around the globe, never to see a dry day…

The monsoon, though substantial in Agra, site of the Taj Mahal, is not quite as heavy as the monsoon in other parts of India. The average monsoon rainfall during June to September is 628.6 millimetres, 24.748 inches.

Seattle does not get much rain compared to many cities in the US. Seattle ranks 44th among major US cities in average annual rainfall, with approximately 38 inches annually. Cities that get more rainfall than Seattle include Houston, with 48 inches; New Orleans, with 60 inches; Mobile, Alabama, with 65 inches; Memphis, with 52 inches; Nashville, with 48 inches; and nearly every major city on the eastern seaboard, including New York, with 43 inches, Philadelphia, 41 inches, Miami, 58 inches, and Boston, 44 inches.

In North Wales, the average annual rainfall exceeds 3000 millimeters, or 118 inches. It rains often enough in North Wales that when commenting on the weather, one speaks either of the pleasant rain, or the unpleasant rain.

In Gabon, the rainy season is from October through May. Though rainfall varies throughout the country, there is an annual average of 3,050 millimeters, or 120 inches,  in Libreville.

At the base of mountains on the coastal plains that line the Pacific Ocean in Columbia, South America, one the the wettest places on earth, rain is consistent throughout the year, but particularly heavy August through December. In the wettest months it will rain 20 days of the month, in the drier months only 11 or 12 days of the month. The average annual rainfall is 13,300 millimeters, or 523.622 inches.

Why so much on rain, under the topic of the Taj Mahal…? Because I always travel to India during the monsoon, when people are the happiest.