Chubasco

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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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://ggweather.com/winds.html
  2. ^ http://ag.arizona.edu/maricopa/garden/html/weather/monsoon.htm
  3. ^ Hales, John E., 1975: A Severe Southwest Desert Thunderstorm: 19 August 1973. Mon. Wea. Rev., 103, 344–351. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/1520-0493(1975)103<0344:ASSDTA>2.0.CO;2
  4. ^ Mohave Daily Miner, Sep 2, 1984.http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=943&dat=19840902&id=EIALAAAAIBAJ&sjid=S1MDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3278,11733