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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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,191 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,406 sq ft
Added: 04/19/21, Last Updated: 04/19/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6215688
Community: The lakes at Rancho El Dorado
Tract: The lakes at Rancho El Dorado
Status: Active

72 Hour Home Sale!Gorgeous waterfront home looking straight down the lake. Premium lot with no homes on the one side of you. This 3 bedroom home with den has a gorgeous backyard. L- shaped covered patio with above ground hot tub and amazing pool with sit down table and umbrella holder.. Enjoy the summers relaxing in your pool and being surrounded by water. Towards the front of the home is a tiled entry with 2 bedrooms and a full bath. Down the hallway is your den with double doors. Large great room and spacious dining & kitchen with granite counters, black appliances, pantry and plenty of cabinet space Master offers private exit to backyard, tub/shower combo and walk-in closet. Towards the waters edge is a firepit with sitting area. Enjoy your outdoor oasis year-round.

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$419,900 :: 2005 N 110TH Avenue, Avondale AZ, 85392

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,236 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 04/08/21, Last Updated: 04/14/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6218826
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/14/2021 by 6%
Status: Active

WATERFRONT PROPERTY!! Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath with a loft. This home features a large eat in kitchen with many cabinets and kitchen island. Lovely formal and dining rooms and over sized living room. Amazing master suite with separate shower and tub, double sinks AND private access to the balcony with breath taking views of the lake. Backyard has access to an awesome walking/running path that goes around the lake. 3 car garage and a large covered patio. Fresh exterior paint and some interior as well.

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$419,000 :: 5132 N 31ST Way #136, Phoenix AZ, 85016

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,544 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,743 sq ft
Added: 04/07/21, Last Updated: 04/07/21
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6217767
Status: Active

Welcome to an exquisite home nestled in the Guard Gated Resort Community of Biltmore Terrace in the iconic Arizona Biltmore Estates featuring stunning views of Piestewa Peak. Meticulously maintained and wonderfully updated, you will be enchanted as you welcome yourself into the foyer. The updated kitchen is both spacious and comfortable featuring all of the amenities of a chef's kitchen with granite and butcher block countertops, rich cabinetry and tons of counter space.The Great Room is the center of the home meeting the oversized balcony with breathtaking mountain views, perfect for the perfect al fresco dinner dates! Escape to the luxurious master retreat where the spa like bath leaves a feeling of relaxation and ultimate privacy. This floor plan offers a third bedroom!

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$410,000 :: 41797 W SUMMER SUN Lane, Maricopa AZ, 85138

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,850 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 03/19/21, Last Updated: 03/22/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6208782
Community: PROVINCE PHASE 11
Status: Conditional

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$449,000 :: 807 NW CORDOBA, LAS PALOMAS Beach, Outside of USA NA,

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,456 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 10/30/20, Last Updated: 10/30/20
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6154043
Status: Active

Ocean Front Building 2BD / 2BA!! in an LLC for quick transfer. LUXURIOUS 2BR OCEANFRONT CONDO Partnership opportunity!, in the highly desired Cordoba building. Amazing Old port, Beach & Ocean views from the BEST 2 BR location in Las Palomas. Granite Kitchen Counters, Travertine Bathrooms, European Style Cabinetry. The Units is move-in or rental pool ready. Fully furnished with Brand New Top of the line furniture from Living Spaces and Tuft & Needle Mattresses. Amazing Modern to Industrial Metal Wall Decor throughout the unit and breathtaking Stainless-Steel Appliances.Watch Sunday Night Football on a New Samsung 65'' Flat Screen with a top of the line SONOS Soundbar System on your living room. Additionally, the Unit is also equipped with a 43'' Flat Screen in each bedroom

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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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