Safety / Survival / Army Field Manuals / AFM 3-05.70
14-1. High temperatures, heavy rainfall, and oppressive humidity characterize
equatorial and subtropical regions, except at high altitudes. At low altitudes,
temperature variation is seldom less than 10 degrees C (50 degrees F) and is
often more than 35 degrees C (95 degrees F). At altitudes over 1,500 meters
(4,921 feet), ice often forms at night. The rain has a cooling effect, but when
it stops, the temperature soars.
14-2. Rainfall is heavy, often with thunder and lightning. Sudden rain beats
on the tree canopy, turning trickles into raging torrents and causing rivers to
rise. Just as suddenly, the rain stops. Violent storms may occur, usually toward
the end of the summer months.
14-3. Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons develop over the sea and rush
inland, causing tidal waves and devastation ashore. In choosing campsites, make
sure you are above any potential flooding. Prevailing winds vary between winter
and summer. The dry season has rain once a day and the monsoon has continuous
rain. In Southeast Asia, winds from the Indian Ocean bring the monsoon, but the
area is dry when the wind blows from the landmass of China.
14-4. Tropical day and night are of equal length. Darkness falls quickly and
daybreak is just as sudden.