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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$400,000 :: 2740 W SHANNON Court, Chandler AZ, 85224

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,298 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 10/18/17, Last Updated: 10/18/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5676075
Community: RAINTREE RANCH EAST LOTS 87-16
Tract: RAINTREE RANCH EAST LOTS 87-16
Status: Active


Original owner; Forecast Redondo model floorplan; immaculate and beautiful home; upon entering formal dining room and living room is to your left; window covering matching design of the dining room chairs; and office/den/4th bed to your right; continue entering the home you notice the like new wood laminate flooring; great room featuring fireplace and kitchen. Kitchen features beautifully done engineered quartz countertops, commercial gas range w/grill, all stainless steel appliances. The huge kitchen windows presents breathtaking lake views! (See the drone video). The bedrooms are on the southwing; master features sitting room with its own lake views; dual vanities in master bath and HUGE walk-in closet; separate garden tub, and more. This home will sell fast!

Listed with West USA 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/!


$425,000 :: 140 E RIO SALADO Parkway #509, Tempe AZ, 85281

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,600 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,742 sq ft
Added: 06/12/17, Last Updated: 10/18/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5618831
Community: BRIDGEVIEW
Tract: BRIDGEVIEW
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/31/2017 by 6%
Status: Active


Welcome to Bridgeview - city living at it's finest! This is a premium elevated waterfront condo - with views of Tempe Town Lake! Gorgeous fully upgraded unit in the most luxurious community in Tempe. Resort style amenities, 24 hour concierge, everything you could possibly need in one premiere location. Balcony overlooks grassy common area and Tempe Town Lake. 2 underground parking spots and additional storage. Ideal 2 bedroom split floor plan with chef's kitchen and open living area. This is the best you will find in Tempe, Bridgeview has it all!

Listed with West USA 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/!


$425,000 :: 12625 N SAGUARO Boulevard #204, Fountain Hills AZ, 85268

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,830 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,306 sq ft
Added: 07/13/17, Last Updated: 10/17/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5632497
Community: PLAZA WATERFRONT CONDOMINIUMS
Tract: PLAZA WATERFRONT CONDOMINIUMS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/13/2017 by 3%
Status: Active


NEW PRICE!! One of a kind Lock & Leave Loft style living right at Fountain Park!! Luxurious former model,this 1800+ sf 2 bedroom 2.5 bath townhome offers a feeling of luxury at every turn. Enter this impressive building thru large iron & glass door into main lobby,Or from secure underground parking garage! Take the elevator up to the 2nd floor where you'll find a private lobby and hallway leading to your gorgeous new home. The huge solid wood door is your first hint of the quality in this property / Stunning brazilian wood floors in the great room & dining area. Custom tile in the kitchen/Solid alder cabinets w/soft close drawers and doors/granite counters/gas stove/stainless appliances/lots of cabinets/High ceilings in the great room w/2 way see thru fireplace out to the patio. More..

Listed with MCO 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/!


$449,500 :: 13621 N BUCCANEER Way, Sun City AZ, 85351

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3 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,850 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,454 sq ft
Added: 03/11/17, Last Updated: 10/14/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5573901
Community: SUN CITY 14C
Tract: SUN CITY 14C
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/11/2017 by 5%
Status: Active


This 3 bedroom home has been totally remodeled and has a panoramic lake view. The gourmet kitchen is totally new, has a built in desk and a 9'9''x5'4'' granite slab on the kitchen island. Features galore! 20'' ceramic tile and laminate flooring, crown molding, new Whirlpool stainless steel appliances, new Maytag washer & dryer, media wall with stone accents, surround sound,new A/C, new programmable thermostats,rain gutters, sun screens, new ceiling fans, solar tubes, new crime safe double security doors on front entry door, storage cabinets and overhead storage in garage and new epoxy floor in garage. The roof was recently foamed. Enjoy beautiful views of Viewpoint Lake without paying the lake assessment fees! Mirrors & some furniture are available outside of escrow.

Listed with Long Realty West Valley


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


$449,900 :: 10925 E MINNESOTA Avenue, Sun Lakes AZ, 85248

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,387 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 10/13/17, Last Updated: 10/13/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5673876
Community: SUN LAKES 26D LOT 1-38 TR A,B
Tract: SUN LAKES 26D LOT 1-38 TR A,B
Status: Active


Beautiful Home on Golf Course w/Lake View, Separate Guest House...4 Bedrooms/3.5 Baths. Formal Living/Dining Room/ Separate Den/Office w/Library. Large Open Kitchen w/Island, Desk, Walk in Pantry, Built in Microwave Oven, Breakfast Area and Family Room w/Wet Bar, Bay Window, Vaulted Ceilings. Home has Carpet, Tile Flooring, Solar Tubes, Plantations Shutters. Double Door Entry w/Stained Glass inserts. Inside Laundry w/Washer & Dryer, Cabinets & Sink. Large Master Bedroom w/Sitting Area, Large Walk in Closet, Separate Tub & Shower, Skylights, Door to Patio. Large 2nd Bedroom & Bath. Full 3 Car Garage. Full Tile Roof, double felt replaced 2013 along with re-coating Patio Roof. A/C Main replaced in 2004, Upstairs is original, but not used much & Casita A/C Replaced in 2017.

Listed with Revelation Real Estate


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


$429,500 :: 20787 N 61ST Drive, Glendale AZ, 85308

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,523 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 07/13/17, Last Updated: 10/07/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5632752
Community: CAMELOT VIEWS at Arrowhead Ran
Tract: CAMELOT VIEWS at Arrowhead Ran
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/26/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


Must see!!!Rare opportunity to buy a Lake home on a Cul-De-Sac lot in Camelot Views. ONE OWNER home with all records of repairs and updates since the home was built. Enjoy the hot tub and lake view in the backyard while listening to the waterfall. The home has tile throughout the entire home along with allergy sensitive air filters keeping the dust and pollen to a minimum. Newer dual Trane A/C units. This home is perfect for entertaining, raising kids or enjoying a quiet peaceful lake view retreat. Pride of ownership is an understatement with this home. This home boasts a soft water system, Plantation shutters, split floorplan and the 3 car garage. As of Oct 2017, the seller bought a new spa pump and cover. This home is turn key!!!

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate


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


$449,000 :: 13013 N PANORAMA Drive #113, Fountain Hills AZ, 85268

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,715 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 10/04/17, Last Updated: 10/04/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5669088
Community: FOUNTAINHEAD
Tract: FOUNTAINHEAD
Status: Active




Listed with Messenger Realty, LLC


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


$419,900 :: 1628 E CHICAGO Street, Chandler AZ, 85225

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,640 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 08/30/17, Last Updated: 10/02/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5653514
Community: SPRINGS
Tract: SPRINGS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/30/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


Amazing Chandler home on a shimmering waterfront lot! Move in ready with vaulted ceilings, gorgeous laminate & tile flooring, plush carpeting, and a neutral color palette throughout. Large eat in kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances, a plethora of cabinets, granite counters, a breakfast bar, and easy access to the formal dining room. Create your signature drink at the wet bar! Cozy fireplace in the family room! 2 master bedrooms! Upstairs master has access to the private balcony for spectacular views. Generous backyard has an above ground spa, covered patio, and sparkling lake views. This home will not be on the market long! See it today and start living!

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate, LLC


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


$419,900 :: 24131 S STONEY LAKE Drive, Sun Lakes AZ, 85248

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,204 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 04/21/17, Last Updated: 09/27/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5593843
Community: SUN LAKES - Oakwood
Tract: SUN LAKES - Oakwood
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/21/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


Waterfront setting on the fairways of Oakwood Country Club. Cart path ACROSS lake. EXTENDED LENGTH GARAGE. Inviting home with two bedrooms, PLUS Den/Office. Two full bathrooms. Kitchen opens to Family Room with sliding door to full length, sunny morning Patio. Living Room flows to backyard with windows bringing the outdoors in. Beautiful outdoor living space. Built-in BBQ on the Patio. Master Retreat with dual sinks, large step-in shower, huge walk-in closet. Vaulted ceilings. Neutral Tile floors. Plantation shutters. Casual dining area adjacent to kitchen. Peaceful setting with views of lake. Extended length Garage. RESORT lifestyle with abundant recreation & social activities. IronOak's Clubhouses, with all top-notch resort amenities. GOLF courses, multiple Swimming POOLS & Tennis Courts

Listed with Keller Williams Legacy One


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


$429,000 :: 7735 W KIMBERLY Way, Glendale AZ, 85308

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,075 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 09/27/17, Last Updated: 09/27/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5665174
Community: ARROWHEAD RANCH
Tract: ARROWHEAD RANCH
Status: Active


LAKE HOME - This beautiful home has 5 bedrooms and 3 baths, Sunken living room and formal dining room, a large eat-in kitchen with island and granite countertops and backsplash, huge family room with fireplace and hardwood floors. Bedroom & bath on lower level and large master suite upstairs overlooking the lake, vaulted ceilings, pool & spa, firepit & built in BBQ in the backyard. This home is perfect for family and entertaining!

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate


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


 

 

 

 

 

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