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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$409,900 :: 4777 S FULTON RANCH Boulevard #2101, Chandler AZ, 85248

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,890 sq ft
Lot Size: 2,178 sq ft
Added: 01/16/19, Last Updated: 01/17/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5868596
Community: SERENITY SHORES CONDOMINIUM AT FULTON RANCH
Tract: SERENITY SHORES CONDOMINIUM AT FULTON RANCH
Status: Active


Highly upgraded waterfront townhome. Designer highlights throughout! Drapes,blinds, paint ,flooring, master tub. Classy Closets in each bedroom. GE Monogram Professional Series Appliances. 42 inch cabinets in kitchen. Whole house water filtration system.. Storage cabinets in garage and extra storage throughout. 4 ceiling fans and 1 on balcony as well. Enjoy water views from your balcony. Your home is located near the community center, pool and spa. Dining room could be a den.

Listed with HomeSmart


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$408,259 :: 10938 W Cimarron Drive, Sun City AZ, 85373

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3 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,199 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 01/03/19, Last Updated: 01/16/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5862712
Community: BAY POINTE AT VENTANA LAKES
Tract: BAY POINTE AT VENTANA LAKES
Status: Active


Excellent Lake Views, impeccably maintained home from original owners with back yard and patio views of the water in Ventana Lakes. Fully Furnished, Open floorplan with granite countertops, new stainless steel appliances, slide out shelves in cabinets and great island in kitchen, perfect for entertaining. Guest casita off of the wonderful front courtyard that has a bedroom and bath with separate AC and controller. Properties with lake views do not come available very often so don't miss your chance with this truly beautiful property. Perfect for a VRBO!!!!

Listed with Arizona Southwest Realty


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$425,000 :: 2612 W IVANHOE Street, Chandler AZ, 85224

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,904 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 01/14/19, Last Updated: 01/14/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5867872
Community: RAINTREE RANCH EAST MCR 3
Tract: RAINTREE RANCH EAST MCR 3
Status: Active


Stunning home on the water. Enjoy this lake community featuring newer totally remodeled kitchen with custom cabinets, granite, breakfast room that looks to the lake. Family room with trendy stone fireplace with incredible views of the water. Lavish master bath totally enlarged and redone with the latest features. Negative edge pool, well designed out door kitchen. A rare find in a close in setting with tot park and walking paths with serene water views. Near the 101 and Chandlers best shopping and restaurants. A must see and move in ready.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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$420,000 :: 22513 N ROBERTSON Drive #S, Sun City West AZ, 85375

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,272 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 01/10/19, Last Updated: 01/10/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5865857
Community: SUN CITY WEST UNIT 52
Tract: SUN CITY WEST UNIT 52
Status: Active


This is a highly upgraded and gorgeous Truxton Model located on the 1st and 18th fairways of the Deer Valley Golf Course. This exceptional golf course lot gives you views of the double fairway and the lake. The east facing back yard gives way to beautiful sunrises and afternoon entertaining with a built in gas grill and fireplace. Beautiful curb appeal to the double door entry into the spacious living and dining rooms. Open AZ room to the kitchen that is a chef's delight, with an abundance of cabinets and a large island, Upgrades included elevated ceilings, crown molding, floor molding, new garbage disposal, pull out shelves in kitchen, automatic shades, front back. The den is good size with custom built murphy bed. You must see this lovely home. A home warranty is included.

Listed with Larry Ott Realty


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$411,900 :: 13013 N Panorama Drive #113, Fountain Hills AZ, 85268

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,713 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,742 sq ft
Added: 10/05/18, Last Updated: 01/07/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5829674
Community: Fountainhead
Tract: Fountainhead
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/7/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


GREAT NEW PRICE! BGround level/NO STAIRS!! This Fountainhead unit has been beautifully updated. Gorgeous hard wood floors throughout living area/Wonderful kitchen w/new custom cabinets/pull out shelves, new SS appliances, wine rack, double oven/granite counters/striking back splash/all open to the spacious great room w/corner fireplace & formal dining room/2 master suites also recently updated/new carpet/2nd master would be great with a murphy bed & desk if you need office space & a guest room! Lg laundry/utility room / Signature wrap around deck all tiled overlooking the Fountain & Fountain park. 2 car detached garage...the only stairs are from the garage small door...otherwise no stairs at all! Nice comm pool/You will love this property whether you are a full time resident or winter visi

Listed with MCO Realty


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$449,900 :: 17845 W FAIRVIEW Street, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,138 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,583 sq ft
Added: 01/02/19, Last Updated: 01/02/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5861886
Community: PROVINCE AT ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL 2
Tract: PROVINCE AT ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL 2
Status: Active


Don't miss out on this original model home located on a premium lakefront lot within close proximity to the village center! This highly upgraded Cadence floor plan offers 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, slate floors, a casita with wet bar, and a den/office that could also serve as a formal dining room. The front courtyard offers a water feature and two separate seating areas along with private casita entrance. The backyard oasis has amazing waterfront views and offers two water features, a fireplace, artificial turf, and a flagstone seating area next to the waters edge. Home also offers OWNED SOLAR system with transferable warranty. Average monthly electric bills are $59/month!! Upgrades throughout the home are numerous and can be found in the documents tab. This home has it all!

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$415,000 :: 6806 W SKYLARK Drive, Glendale AZ, 85308

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,080 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 11/29/18, Last Updated: 01/01/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5851914
Community: SABINO SIERRA VERDE
Tract: SABINO SIERRA VERDE
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/1/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


Updated Lake Front home! 2,080 square feet with a spacious 3 car garage. This home has 3 bedrooms plus an office that could be used as a 4th bedroom. There is updated cabinetry throughout the house with quartz countertops. Bathrooms have been remodeled and master bathroom is stunning with high-end regulated temperature valves in tub and shower. Eat-in kitchen is open to family room with lake views. Great room with dining and living room is light and bright. Plantation shutters and sunscreens. No carpet! New Roof 2015. Sierra Verde is a lake subdivision with highly-rated schools and picturesque walking paths. Just minutes from the 101, this neighborhood offers easy access to everywhere you want to be. Enjoy the lake and mountain views at this beautiful home! Check out video tour!

Listed with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties


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$420,000 :: 11000 N 77TH Place #2023, Scottsdale AZ, 85260

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,463 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,306 sq ft
Added: 12/05/18, Last Updated: 12/06/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5854280
Community: SOVANNA CONDOMINIUMS SCOTTSDALE COUNTRY CLUB MOD
Tract: SOVANNA CONDOMINIUMS SCOTTSDALE COUNTRY CLUB MOD
Status: Active


Upgraded 2 bedroom 2 bath condo in the desirable gated community of Sovanna Condominiums.Outstanding Golf Course and Water Views.

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$448,900 :: 20385 N 52ND Avenue, Glendale AZ, 85308

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,925 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 10/16/18, Last Updated: 11/21/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5834126
Community: ARROWHEAD LAKES UNIT 7B
Tract: ARROWHEAD LAKES UNIT 7B
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/21/2018 by 0%
Status: Active


This is the single level that has it all! East facing back yard for beautiful views of both mountains and lake; nicely shaded in the afternoon. No interior steps at all. Lovely updated home; 4th large room can be used as bedroom or office. New pool installed in 2016. New dock in 2016 and new roof in 2017. Low maintenance yards front and back for turn key living makes this perfect for someone looking for easy living in beautiful prestigious Arrowhead Lakes!

Listed with RE/MAX Right Choice


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$445,000 :: 5668 W ABRAHAM Lane, Glendale AZ, 85308

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,236 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 07/31/18, Last Updated: 11/14/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5800474
Community: ARROWHEAD LAKES
Tract: ARROWHEAD LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/14/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Welcome to the beautiful lakeside community of Arrowhead Lakes! This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath house has so much to offer with 2236 square feet, large living areas, an extra loft space and so much more! Soaring ceilings greet you when you enter this home with a beautiful living room/dining room combo and a lovely staircase that flows to the upper portions of the home. Wonderful kitchen over looking the family room complete with a cozy fireplace! Kitchen features stainless appliances, rich cabinets, granite countertops, a raised counter thats perfect for extra seating and a nice breakfast nook over looking that gorgeous view. Upstairs you will find a terrific loft area that is set up for a great home theatre experience as well as double doors that lead to a balcony which spans the entire

Listed with RE/MAX Professionals


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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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