Arizona Monsoon Thunderstorms

What is a Monsoon?

Mention the word “monsoon” to a Phoenix resident, and memories of heavy localized rain, wind gusts, power outages, flash floods and dust storms quickly come to mind.  While most residents primarily think of a thunder storm, the monsoon season is more tied to wind shift rather than precipitation. The term “monsoon” comes from the Arabic “mausim” which means “season” or “wind shift.” During the summer wind shift which brings increased moisture and low pressure in the valley, you have essential ingredients of the monsoon season.

Defining the monsoon season

When I first arrived in Arizona, I asked why a summer rain storm is called a monsoon storm.  The answer I received was that the Arizona monsoon seaon officially begins after the third consecutive day of a dew point above 55 degrees.  On average, this occurred on July 7th and lasted for 2 months.  Was this too confusing? Too technical?  Apparently so because in 2008 the National Weather Service decided to make it simpler and set firm dates for the beginning and end of the Arizona monsoon season.  Since 2008, June 15th is the first day of the monsoon, and September 30th is the last day. During July-August-September the average rainfall is 2.65 inches.

Stupid motorist law and flash floods

Stupid Motorist LawIt may be hard to believe but with the heavy localized rain of a storm during the monsoon season, flooding is a common occurrence. And frequently, flash floods make streets impassable.  Does this stop drivers from attempting to cross a flooded street? Nope. So what happens when a driver attempts to cross a flooded street that is barricaded and they get stuck? They can be fined under what is known as the “Stupid Motorist Law”, ARS 28:910, which went into effect in 1995. This is intended to protect “stupid” motorist, first responders, and help absorb the cost of a rescue.  A helicopter in a rescue situation can cost up to $600/hour in addition to the fire department and police officers.Power Ranch Splash Pad

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$429,999 :: 653 E INDIAN WELLS Place, Chandler AZ, 85249

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,001 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 08/10/18, Last Updated: 09/22/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5805559
Community: LAGOS VISTOSO
Tract: LAGOS VISTOSO
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/22/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


WON'T LAST!!! EXECUTIVE GATED SERENE WATERFRONT HOME. MASSIVE FULL-HOUSE LENGTH PATIO DECK W/ BBQ/FP, POND FOR ENTERTAINING. PRIVATE PARKS, BIKING TRAILS. Breathtaking ambience with Tropical Palms leading into an alluring two-story grand entrance with picturesque living room overlooking a tranquil Pond and Lake. Enjoy a spacious peaceful retreat in a freshly painted interior/exterior Paradise Resort. Extravagant Elegance with an abundance of upgrades throughout the spacious open floor plan with designer custom accent wall paint throughout. Open-entry formal dining room, Gourmet Kitchen with huge island, granite countertops, upgraded cabinets with all lower pull-out shelves, exquisite Stone family room fireplace nestled in wall-length niches with serene Lakeview. Large oversized diamond-cut

Listed with Crossroads Brokerage


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$409,900 :: 3550 E LA COSTA Place, Chandler AZ, 85249

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,185 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 09/21/18, Last Updated: 09/21/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5823294
Community: SPRINGFIELD LAKES
Tract: SPRINGFIELD LAKES
Status: Active


LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Extremely popular Sedona floor plan, rests on an OVERSIZED LAKE AND GOLF VIEW lot (50k premium) on one of the most popular and sought after streets in Solera. In addition to the gorgeous views, this home is just a few homes down the street to the Community Rec Center, which is loaded with amenities such as pickle ball, swimming pools, tennis courts, bocce ball, club/activity rooms, gym,etc. . Opportunities to play golf are just a couple minute walk to the Lone Tree Golf Clubhouse and Restaurant. Homes on this street are extremely popular and do not last long on the market. Upon entering this home,you will appreciate how open the floor plan and perfect for entertaining. Welcome Home!!!

Listed with Dave Barber Realty, Inc.


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$435,000 :: 10714 S BLUE WATER BAY --, Mohave Valley AZ, 86440

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,513 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 09/18/18, Last Updated: 09/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5818802
Community: THE COVES ON THE COLORADO RIVE
Tract: THE COVES ON THE COLORADO RIVE
Status: Active


This luxurious water front residence will leave you breathless. Arguably located on the best lot in the community which is boarded on 2 sides by the community lake and complete with it's own boat dock. Gorgeous tile floors and plush carpeting flow seamlessly throughout the interior of the home. Open concept floor plan which is laid out exceptionally well featuring a cozy fireplace, dining area, and magnificent kitchen. The guest bedrooms are generously sized and the guest bathroom includes an updated single vanity and shower/ tub combo. The large master retreat also has an exquisite ensuite and an over-sized walk-in closet. The massive garage has enough space for your boat, tools and toys!

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$405,000 :: 1221 N KINGSTON Street, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,732 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 07/05/18, Last Updated: 09/13/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5789175
Community: EL DORADO LAKES GOLF COMMUNITY
Tract: EL DORADO LAKES GOLF COMMUNITY
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/13/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


El Dorado Lakes on Golf Course w/Lake View! 4+Den w/3 full baths boasts numerous upgrades. Gourmet kitchen upgraded w/large island, beautiful granite & stainless appliances. Formal living&dining rm provide space for special events.Experience a more casual evening in the family rm w/a cozy wood-burning fireplace. Wind down & escape upstairs to a cozy sitting rm off the master w/vaulted ceilings or pamper yourself in the upgraded master bath w/new tiled shower & Moen faucets. Outdoor living at its best- huge flagstone patio & balcony off master that overlooks a sparkling PebbleTec play pool, beautiful rock waterfall, #12 tee-box, a water feature & views of the Superstitions Mtns for year-round entertainment, fun & relaxation. Price incorporates a discount for carpet & future upgrades. ONLY

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$429,000 :: 5529 W MONONA Drive, Glendale AZ, 85308

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,241 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 09/01/18, Last Updated: 09/03/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5814669
Community: ARROWHEAD LAKES UNIT 5A
Tract: ARROWHEAD LAKES UNIT 5A
Status: Active


Living is easy in this impressive, generously spacious residence! This immaculate, professionally designed home invites comfort and warmth. With generous living spaces and stylish finishes throughout. The inviting kitchen features stainless steel appliances, white cabinetry, tiled backsplash and quartz countertops. Gorgeous ceramic tile flooring and ceiling fans throughout the home. Generous size bedrooms with high end carpeting. Smart wifi hvac controller. Covered back patio that overlooks the amazing lake view-perfect setting for relaxing, entertaining, fishing or boating! Cul de sac lot with long view of lake and mountain. Come and take a look at this beauty, don't miss out! Seller carry with very favorable terms.

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate


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$423,000 :: 2702 W IVANHOE Street, Chandler AZ, 85224

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,009 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 06/18/18, Last Updated: 08/31/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5781895
Community: RAINTREE RANCH EAST LOTS 87-16
Tract: RAINTREE RANCH EAST LOTS 87-16
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/31/2018 by 0%
Status: Active


ONE OF A KIND UPGRADED WATERFRONT HOME! RESORT STYLE LIVING WITH BALCONY VIEWS, COVERED PATIO AND A POOL - PERFECT FOR ENTERTAINING. THIS HOME FEATURES A GAS FIREPLACE, PLANT SHELVES, BAY WINDOW WITH VIEWS, 22 INCH TILE AND NATURAL WOOD FLOORING, AND UPGRADED LANDSCAPE WITH STAIRS TO A DECK ON THE WATER. DON'T MISS IT!

Listed with IN-HOUSE Realty 360, Inc


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$440,000 :: 5219 W TONOPAH Drive, Glendale AZ, 85308

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,292 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 06/29/18, Last Updated: 08/30/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5786979
Community: ARROWHEAD LAKES UNIT 7B
Tract: ARROWHEAD LAKES UNIT 7B
Status: Active


OPEN THE FRONT DOOR, AND YOUR VIEWS OF THE LAKE GREET YOU. YOU WILL BE TEMPTED TO HEAD STRAIGHT OUT TO TAKE IN THE LONG-LAKE VIEWS FIRST, SO GO AHEAD. STEP OUTSIDE TO YOUR PRIVATE POOL AREA AND ENJOY THE LAKE FROM THE SOUTH TO THE WEST. THIS IS YOUR MONEY SHOT, AND THE REASON YOU AND ALL OF THE RESIDENTS WANT TO LIVE HERE.THE PRIVATE DOCK IS ALREADY WAITING FOR YOUR PONTOON,PADDLE,KAIYAK, OR JUST SOME LOUNGE CHAIRS .AS YOU WANDER BACK INTO THE HOUSE YOU'LL ENTER THE FAMILY ROOM WITH A DOWNSTAIRS BEDROOM AND FULL BATH. THE EAT-IN-KITCHEN KEEPS EVERYONE CONNECTED WITH PLENTY OF WINDOWS FOR THE COOK TO SEE THE LAKE. THE UPSTAIRS LOFT IS OPEN TO THE LOWER LEVEL,AND GIVES YOU UNEXPECTED MOUNTAIN VIEWS. THE UPSTAIRS MASTER HAS A HUGE DECK, SO THE VIEWS ARE EVERYWHERE!

Listed with Realty ONE Group


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$425,000 :: 2210 S Duval --, Mesa AZ, 85209

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,584 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 08/30/18, Last Updated: 08/30/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5813346
Community: AUGUSTA RANCH PARCEL 4
Tract: AUGUSTA RANCH PARCEL 4
Status: Active


Golf course AND WATER view lot on the 10th hole of Augusta Ranch with HOA dues only 59/mth! Single level-3 bedroom-2.5 bath, den, dining rm, living room, family room with a gas fireplace. Open kitchen has a huge island/breakfast bar, granite countertops and backsplash, ss appliance with a gas stove! 3 car garage with tons of storage. Tall ceilings throughout, huge master bedroom with walk in closet, dual sinks and separate shower and large tub. Former Model Home with music intercom in most rooms -Den has built in cabinets. Nicely landscaped with extended covered back patio with roll down shades, ceiling fans, gas outdoor fireplace and peach tree. Enjoy the majestic view of the lake and the fountain from your new home!!!

Listed with VHM & REALTY


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$445,000 :: 1700 E LAKESIDE Drive #14, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,777 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 06/05/18, Last Updated: 08/29/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5775809
Community: Val Vista Lakes
Tract: Val Vista Lakes
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/29/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Rare single level WATERFRONT 2 Bedroom condo in Breckenridge Bay with side yard access! This unit has been meticulously cared for and is move-in ready. Offered furnished and would be a fantastic investment for seasonal owner. Large master suite with access to the rear yard and outstanding lake views. Large closet and bathroom with beautiful saltillo tile. Kitchen has a sunny dinette area & 18 foot ceilings. Large family room with fireplace and dining area. Secondary bedroom has private bathroom for guests. Newer AC unit & water heater. Flat roof was recently re-coated.End unit so only 1 common wall. Convenient to the amazing Val Vista Lakes clubhouse with 8 tennis courts, indoor raquetball, sand-entry lagoon, cardio & weight rooms. Excellent Gilbert location near US 60. Excellent schools.

Listed with Keller Williams Integrity First


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$417,500 :: 42624 W MALLARD Lane, Maricopa AZ, 85138

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3 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,102 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 12/12/17, Last Updated: 08/08/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5697915
Community: PROVINCE PARCEL
Tract: PROVINCE PARCEL
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/8/2018 by 0%
Status: Active


Waterfront 3 Bedroom Orchid Model with Attached Casita home in active Adult community Province. Upgraded cherry wood cabinets, granite counter tops, gourmet kitchen w/ induction-heat cooktop, Huge kitchen island and breakfast bar, and large walk-in pantry. Floor to Ceiling windows with incredible views of the water. 18'' tile floors, custom window treatments, electric fireplace w/remote, 12' ceilings, formal dining and living room, his & hers walk-in closets in master bedroom, custom built-in entertainment center by DAGR Design, high-end flush-mount speakers. Attached casita/office w/separate entrance. Low maintenance landscaping including night-lighting that gives this home a resort-like feel, plus a 3-car oversized garage! At the Center

Listed with Homesmart


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Valley firefighters carried out several water rescues in the morning. Cost for emergency personnel at a water rescue starts around $4,000.

 

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