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A chubasco is a violent squall with thunder and lightning,[1] encountered during the rainy season along the Pacific coast of Mexico, Central America, South America. It is also widely used when rain is accompanied by strong winds in other Spanish-speaking countries.

The word chubasco has its origins in the Portuguese word chuva which means rain. The monsoon[2] storms that regularly pass over the southwestern United States, including the Southern regions of Arizona and New Mexico, are sometimes referred to as Chubascos[3][4]


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  3. ^ Hales, John E., 1975: A Severe Southwest Desert Thunderstorm: 19 August 1973. Mon. Wea. Rev., 103, 344–351. doi:<0344:ASSDTA>2.0.CO;2
  4. ^ Mohave Daily Miner, Sep 2, 1984.,11733