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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$449,900 :: 2729 W NOPAL Circle, Mesa AZ, 85202

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,857 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,148 sq ft
Added: 07/01/21, Last Updated: 07/30/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6258487
Community: SARATOGA LAKES UNIT 4
Tract: SARATOGA LAKES UNIT 4
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/30/2021 by 5%
Status: Active


Are you ready to call this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom property in amazing Mesa yours? Step into the bright open living area to admire the cooling tile and large windows. From there step into the kitchen where the chef of the household will appreciate the large island in the center, as well as ample storage. The primary bedroom is sure to delight with its en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet. At the end of a long day, you'll enjoy lounging on the back porch and enjoy the low-maintenance backyard. This home is conveniently located near restaurants, shopping, and less than a fifteen minutes drive from golfing and hiking.

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$439,000 :: 1810 N 108TH Avenue, Avondale AZ, 85392

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,965 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 07/30/21, Last Updated: 07/30/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6271908
Community: CRYSTAL GARDENS PARCEL 2A
Tract: CRYSTAL GARDENS PARCEL 2A
Status: Active


Gorgeous lakefront property in the highly desirable Crystal Gardens subdivision. This home offers 3 bdrms, 2baths, spacious family room, bright open kitchen fully remodeled in 2019 w/quartz countertops, SS app including a mini fridge, elegant maple cabinetry, plantation shutters throughout, tile & wood laminate flooring in all the right places, updated master bath & guest bath 2019, new AC w/10 year warranty & water heater 2019, Nest thermostat that controls AC, lights, & garage door through an app, all new dual pane windows, security door & storm door 2019, enjoy the relaxing backyard w/stunning lake views, new pavers & epoxy flooring on patio, easy access to walking/running paths. Perfect location, minutes from I-10 and 101 freeways, shopping & tons of restaurants. This Gem won't last!!!

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$444,900 :: 13690 W CYPRESS Street, Goodyear AZ, 85395

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,572 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 07/15/21, Last Updated: 07/15/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6259949
Community: PALM VALLEY PHASE 1 PARCEL 17B AMD
Tract: PALM VALLEY PHASE 1 PARCEL 17B AMD
Status: Active


Beautiful property located in the Gated community of Palmilla Lakes (not age restricted). VERY PRIVATE Cul de Sac home backing to WATER / GOLF! Upgraded features include:OVERSIZE garage w/ large storage area, NEW Epoxy flooring and Laundry Sink!TILE floors in all livable areasBRAND NEW upgraded carpet/pad in ALL bedrooms.True Gourmet kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances Upgraded GAS range w/ accessories .CUSTOM designed Stone and Stainless back splashGranite Counter-tops Double deep Gourmet SS sinksLazy Susan and custom Granite Breakfast Bar! NEW Tan multi color EPOXY flooring :Front AND rear private PATIOS2 Car garage and ADDITIONAL storage area w/ Laundry Sink! 2 COVERED PATIOS. This house is turn key! Community walking paths throughout , pool and tot

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$415,000 :: 10605 W RUNION Drive, Peoria AZ, 85382

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,685 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,792 sq ft
Added: 06/23/21, Last Updated: 07/07/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6254648
Community: VENTANA LAKES AT THE SHORES
Tract: VENTANA LAKES AT THE SHORES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/7/2021 by 2%
Status: Active


Ventana Lakes home has a beautiful lake view. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths with a den. Newer Anderson windows and doors, Solar, water softener, artificial grass,drip system, and ceiling fans . Tile flooring, carpet, vaulted ceilings and spacious eat-in kitchen has plenty of natural lighting, Newer kitchen appliances and GAS stove. Formal dining area. Inside laundry includes newer washer/dryer with custom cabinets. 2 car garage with built in cabinets. Spacious master bedroom and master bath with garden tub, walk-in shower and separate toilet room. Attic fans and insulated garage door. Enjoy peaceful Arizona afternoons in the nicely landscaped walled/fenced in back yard has covered patio and great view of lake. Ventana Lakes has 9 lakes for fishing, walking trails, golf and shopping nearby.

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$415,000 :: 5124 N 31ST Place #516, Phoenix AZ, 85016

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,544 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,743 sq ft
Added: 05/25/21, Last Updated: 06/08/21
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6241255
Community: BILTMORE TERRACE CONDOMINIUMS
Tract: BILTMORE TERRACE CONDOMINIUMS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/8/2021 by 7%
Status: Active


PRIME BILTMORE AREA CONDO! 3 Bed/, 2 Bath, ENJOY AWESOME LAKE AND GOLF COURSE VIEWS!Prime location with a short walk through a private gate to Safeway, Keegan's, Bobby-Q's, Matt's Big Breakfast and many other shops.Biltmore Terrace is a very quiet, guard gated, pet-free community with 2 swimming pools, a well-maintained exercise facility, and a very nice multi-use community room.

Listed with Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty


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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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