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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$425,000 :: 1069 N LAKEPOINT Way, Flagstaff AZ, 86004

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,772 sq ft
Lot Size: 2,178 sq ft
Added: 05/14/18, Last Updated: 07/14/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5765963
Community: LAKEPOINT TOWNHOUSES
Tract: LAKEPOINT TOWNHOUSES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/14/2018 by 0%
Status: Active


**Fully Furnished***Home has been completely remodeled. Home has been appraised and is priced to to show and bring a clean FULL price offer. The finishes are updated and timeless. The hardwood floors, counters, cabinets, granite slab, beams are refinished, lighting, interior designer paint, stainless still appliances, bathrooms, some windows. This home is truly a lock and leave including furnishings throughout. Bring your clothes and toothbrush

Listed with RE/MAX Fine Properties


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


$405,000 :: 6090 W ABRAHAM Lane, Glendale AZ, 85308

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,821 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 07/13/18, Last Updated: 07/13/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5793455
Community: ARROWHEAD RANCH
Tract: ARROWHEAD RANCH
Status: Active


Gorgeous Arizona Lakefront/Golf property living area. Breath taking Lake and Mountain views surrounding the ''Legend at Arrowhead Golf Club''. Golf this 'Award-Winning' Arnold Palmer Designed Championship Golf Course. Across the street is a very convenient highly rated ''Legend Springs Elementary School'' the kids can walk to. Property includes Wooden and Tile floors throughout, Double Sinks in both Bathrooms, Plantations Shutters, Ceiling Fans, Built-in Fireplace for those occasional cool evenings, Open Kitchen layout with plenty of Cabinet Space. Built in Security System. French Doors in back lead to a Covered Patio leaving plenty of room for entertaining and enjoying the outdoors.

Listed with Arizona Premier Realty Homes & Land, 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/!


$419,999 :: 1243 E ARTESIAN Way, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,902 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,662 sq ft
Added: 07/13/18, Last Updated: 07/13/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5793232
Community: HARBOR VIEW AT WIND DRIFT
Tract: HARBOR VIEW AT WIND DRIFT
Status: Active


Stunning lake front home in Gilbert's highly sought after Wind Drift community! Don't miss your opportunity for magical indoor/outdoor living with a breezy open floor plan & vacation-like backyard! Kitchen includes granite countertop, breakfast bar, SS appliances & lake views! Second-floor Master Suite features walk-in closet and one of a kind bathroom w/ copper soaking tub & large glass-enclosed shower! Additional features include hardwood floors, plantation shutters throughout, cozy fireplace, 3 car garage & more! Backyard finished with private boat dock, sound system, pool & spa, lush landscaping, built in bbq/kitchen, oversized covered patio & fruiting citrus trees! Unbeatable location to boot- close to shopping/dining & easy freeway access to anywhere in the valley in minutes!

Listed with Platinum Living 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/!


$429,800 :: 1765 W ASPEN Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,732 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,503 sq ft
Added: 06/07/18, Last Updated: 07/12/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5777263
Community: EL DORADO LAKES GOLF COMMUNITY
Tract: EL DORADO LAKES GOLF COMMUNITY
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/12/2018 by 4%
Status: Active


***PRICE REDUCED OVER $20,000!***Former Blandford model at El Dorado Lakes. 138 feet of waterfront living with views of the 8th green from your backyard and Master bedroom deck. Gorgeous setting lets you relax with the lake in your view. PLUS, a large, well maintained and updated 2 story home you will love. Separate, but open floorplan with lots of living space options. Formal and informal dining. Island kitchen with stainless appliances and upgraded wood cabinetry with slab granite counters. Super spacious master bedroom with sitting area AND FIREPLACE! Large Master bath with dual vanities, separate tub and shower. Twin closet set up too. 2732 sqft PLUS a 3 car garage AND double gate with extra concrete on the side yard. One of the biggest lots in the subdivision

Listed with Imperial Realty Services, 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 :: 4635 N CLEAR CREEK Drive, Litchfield Park AZ, 85340

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,227 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 04/26/18, Last Updated: 07/10/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5757566
Community: LITCHFIELD GREENS LOT 1-282 TR
Tract: LITCHFIELD GREENS LOT 1-282 TR
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/10/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


One of a kind, fully remodeled CUSTOM BASEMENT HOME. Perfect for family or entertaining, this freshly remodeled amazing custom home is beautiful inside and out. Upgraded kitchen with Granite counters, custom tile Backsplash and refinished cabinetry. Large family room boasts a new stacked Stone gas Fireplace while custom shutters extend throughout the house. This home features fully Remodeled Baths, fresh Paint and Carpet Throughout. The Huge Basement comes Complete With Granite Wet Bar and plumbing, Two Oversized Bedrooms with Walk-in Closets, and Full Bathroom (Master on main level).The gorgeous backyard features a pebble Tec pool and lush landscaping overlooking the creek providing serenity and privacy. Nestled in the heart of beautifully gated communty, this home wont last long!

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/!


$429,500 :: 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: 05/30/18, Last Updated: 07/09/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5772854
Community: ARROWHEAD LAKES UNIT 5A
Tract: ARROWHEAD LAKES UNIT 5A
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/9/2018 by 1%
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!

Listed with HomeSmart


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


$420,000 :: 3845 N Kings Peak --, Mesa AZ, 85215

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,948 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 07/07/18, Last Updated: 07/07/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5790345
Community: Red Mountain Ranch
Tract: Red Mountain Ranch
Status: Active


Gorgeous family home just listed on the golf course in Red Mountain Ranch. Amazing water & mountain views from the backyard and master balcony. This home has 4 large bdrms, 3 baths plus an open loft for extra space. One bdrm and bath down for office or guests. Formal living and dining room with open kitchen & large family room w/ fireplace. New stainless steel appliances in kitchen & upgraded light fixtures throughout. Newer AC Unit ready for summer! Ultimate entertaining backyard with views across the lake and golf course from your poolside. Easy access to the 202 as well. Don't miss out on this move in ready home!

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/!


$400,000 :: 4731 N BROOKVIEW Terrace, Litchfield Park AZ, 85340

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3 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,451 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 07/05/18, Last Updated: 07/05/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5789239
Community: LITCHFIELD GREENS LOT 1-282 TR
Tract: LITCHFIELD GREENS LOT 1-282 TR
Status: Active


Spectacular golf and lakefront home overlooks the 7th hole of the Heritage golf course at the Wigwam. Imagine your own resort destination for vacations, or as a year round resident. Amazing views are everywhere in this home. The lake with waterfall is in full view from the kitchen, dining, living room, and den on the main level. Kitchen includes custom cabinets, granite counter tops and stainless appliances. Expansive living room with vaulted ceiling opens to the AZ room and back yard overlooking the golf course & lakes. The main suite is its own retreat with spa like bathroom and private balcony offering magnificent views of the lush golf course and lakes. All bedrooms include their own baths. Litchfield Greens is an exclusive guard gated community in Litchfield Park, Arizona.

Listed with RE/MAX Professionals


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


$400,000 :: 10080 E MOUNTAINVIEW LAKE Drive #358, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,152 sq ft
Lot Size: 15,245 sq ft
Added: 07/02/18, Last Updated: 07/03/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5788448
Community: SCOTTSDALE BAY CLUB
Tract: SCOTTSDALE BAY CLUB
Status: Active


VIEWS VIEWS VIEWS!!!! Waterfront PENTHOUSE Condo! Gorgeous Remodeled 2 bed 2 bath split floor plan condo in the Luxurious GATED community Scottsdale Bay Club. Bright and open floor plan with lake and mountain views. Watch the sunrise or sunset from your large patio. Brand new custom white kitchen cabinets, white quartz counter tops, breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances with a fridge and a skylight. New water-resistant, soundproof laminate flooring throughout and upgraded new carpet in the bedrooms. Large master bedroom with walk-in closet, dual sinks and a walk-in shower. 1 car garage. New ceiling fans, light fixtures and 2-inch faux wood blinds. Inside laundry. Enjoy!! These units are not available often with this view.

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/!


$435,000 :: 628 E Riviera Drive, Chandler AZ, 85249

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5 beds, 2.75 baths
Home size: 3,116 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 06/29/18, Last Updated: 06/30/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5787469
Community: Lagos Vistoso
Tract: Lagos Vistoso
Status: Active


Beautiful WATERFRONT Home with 5 Bedrooms, Down stairs Master bed with panoramic views, 2.75 Bath, with a HUGE Gourmet kitchen that has TILE, GRANITE, breakfast bar, oversized kitchen island, & eat-in kitchen with lake view! Separate tub & shower, double VANITY sinks in master bath! Living room with dining area, Family room with high ceilings, nice LOFT, bay windows & more! NEW interior and exterior paint. Brand NEW Stainless Steel wall oven with microwave, dish washer, fan and gas cook top. NEW laminate floor and carpet thru out. Double garage & also a 3rd car garage. Gated lake community. Close to shopping, restaurants, schools & more.

Listed with SK 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/!


 

 

 

 

 

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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