are two annual monsoons the south-west monsoon, which kicks up high seas
around the island from early June to early October (this moon soon
brings occasionally heavy rains in June), has created a physical barrier
to access by sea since earliest times.
intercontinental stratospheric winds blow from Africa towards the
Himalaya mountains, bringing the wet to India. But as they pass over
Socotra they are caught by the nearly 5000 feet high Hagghier mountains
and dragged fiercely down over the northern coast.
blows on the north coast, non-stop, day and night, for three months at
approximately 90 kilometers per hour with some gusts at 180 kph, in the
area of Hadibo, between Howlaf and Mori.
May delivers a smaller
amount of precipitation. The annual rainfall varies between 130 to 170
mm/hour. Even during the calmer months sea landings may still be
difficult due to a combination of logistical problems, including the
absence of adequate harbor facilities. But since 1999 with the
building of a new airstrip (the longest in the Yemen), which is built
facing into the monsoon winds, the Boeing planes are now able to land
all the year round. So as tourists you can come to Socotra at any time,
depending on what you want to experience.