The Big and Little Monsoons of Ceylon

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IT is well known to all Anglo-Indians, even the least scientific, that the summer monsoon is ushered in by two periods of rain-burst, called respectively the chota and burra barsât. The former occurs sometimes in April or May, and the latter in June or July, the precise dates varying not only with the locality but with the year. The chota barsât only lasts a few days, and is looked upon as the advance guard of the burra barsât, or great rains.

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ARCHIBALD, E. The Big and Little Monsoons of Ceylon. Nature 48, 175–176 (1893) doi:10.1038/048175b0

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