When I think of this word I think of Asia and heavy rain.  I don't really think of Colorado as a place that gets monsoons.  But, the weatherman and my mother use this word when talking about local weather.  For instance, they'll say "The monsoons will be coming next week".  When I hear this I want to look out the window for monkeys and watering holes.  But, as it turns out, though the word can refer to wind that brings heavy rainfall to southern Asia in the summer, it also can mean any wind system that influences large climatic regions and reverses direction seasonally.  So in fact, the monsoons are coming next week.  The weatherman says so, consequently you might want to call us about getting your gutters cleaned to aid the monsoons in flowing properly from your roof to your gardens and grass.

I do like the word and hope to remember to start using it mid to late summer whenever it rains, whether it is from wind reversing direction seasonally or not.  Who'll know.