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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$439,000 :: 17845 W FAIRVIEW Street, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,138 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,583 sq ft
Added: 01/02/19, Last Updated: 03/25/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5861886
Community: PROVINCE AT ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL 2
Tract: PROVINCE AT ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL 2
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/25/2019 by 0%
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 slate floors, separate casita, den/office that could also serve as a formal dining room and a highly upgraded kitchen. The front courtyard offers a water feature and two separate seating areas along with the 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. OWNED SOLAR system with transferable warranty allows for average monthly electric bills of $59/month for full time living! Upgrades throughout the home are numerous and can be found in the documents tab. This home has it all!

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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


$430,000 :: 2345 S PASEO LOMA Circle, Mesa AZ, 85202

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4 beds, 2.75 baths
Home size: 3,064 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 03/08/19, Last Updated: 03/21/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5893323
Community: DOBSON Ranch
Tract: DOBSON Ranch
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/21/2019 by 1%
Status: Active


Do you love a large Lot and Oasis like pool area for entertaining? This is it! Upgraded home with all the extras!LARGE MEDIA ROOM with solid HARDWOOD FLOORING, Kitchen with GRANITE, stainless steel appliances,DOUBLE OVEN,island and WINE REFRIG! 4 Large bedrooms, 3 baths, Lake Access, Great Family home or entertainers dream in the POPULAR COMMUNITY of FAMILY FRIENDLY Dobson Ranch with all the amenities! GOLF COURSE, 8 COMMUNITY LAKES, LAP AND PLAY POOLS, BASKETBALL,TENNIS LIBRARY, COMMUNITY EVENTS and much more! Home has 2 fireplaces,Arizona room and so much more! Don't miss it!

Listed with Hometown USA, 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/!


$424,900 :: 24312 S STONEY PATH Drive, Sun Lakes AZ, 85248

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,841 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 03/20/19, Last Updated: 03/21/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5899075
Community: SUN LAKES UNIT 45B Lot 5
Tract: SUN LAKES UNIT 45B Lot 5
Status: Active


LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION looking down double Fairways and Lake. Beautiful 2 Bedroom (split Bedroom Floorplan) 2 Bath with extended Den. Eat in Kitchen with Breakfast Bar. Living Room has gas Fireplace and beautiful rocked wall. New Wood plank Floors. Granite in Kitchen. Gas cooking. Large Utility room with loads of cabinets.Surround System with Speakers. Wood Plantation Shutters. Water Softner & RO.Security front door. ORIGINAL OWNERS.Loads of Curb side appeal. call for appt. to show.

Listed with Cactus Mountain Properties, 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/!


$429,000 :: 6125 N 28th Place, Phoenix AZ, 85016

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2 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,488 sq ft
Lot Size: 871 sq ft
Added: 03/18/19, Last Updated: 03/18/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5897877
Community: Biltmore Courts Vistas
Tract: Biltmore Courts Vistas
Status: Active


A++ VIEWS GOLF-LAKE-CAMELBACK MNT-BACKS TO 12 GREEN!! Fully Updated NEW REAL HARDWOOD IN BEDROOMS- Biltmore Golf Villa, ON THE 12th GREEN WITH CAMELBACK MTN. VIEWS! BEST LOCATION in DEVELOPMENT (former model) 2br, 2.5ba, Garage,2 fireplaces, new Travertine flooring through out. Updated stainless AND GRANITE kitchen! Open light and bright! Gated Community with lake, heated pool/spa and 2 lighted tennis courts and fitness center steps from unit. 1 car garage, tile roof and newest complex in subdivision. MAY SELL LATER @$429K ALSO SHORT TERM 3-6 MONTHS @ $2900 UNFURNISHED

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$444,900 :: 25232 S FOXGLENN Drive, Sun Lakes AZ, 85248

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,910 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 03/08/19, Last Updated: 03/16/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5893939
Community: SUN LAKES 2
Tract: SUN LAKES 2
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/16/2019 by 1%
Status: Active


A Rare Opportunity to find a Stunning Lakefront Remodel with Fountain Views. This Amazing home has Vaulted Ceilings and is a Very Spacious and Welcoming Floorplan. **New Custom Cabinets** **Quartz Countertops** **New Stainless Steel Appliances** **New Upgraded Flooring** **Large Custom Tiled Shower** **Designer Two-Tone Paint** **New Baseboards and Trim** **New Plumbing, Hardware and Lighting** **Epoxy Garage Floors** **Large Spacious Covered Patio with Fountain Views** **Tile Roof** Wonderful Gated Community Includes Golf Course, Recreation Center, Community Programs, Pools, Tennis and More!! *Staging Decor Included!* *Owner Agent*

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate


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$425,000 :: 637 E INDIAN WELLS Place, Chandler AZ, 85249

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,001 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 03/15/19, Last Updated: 03/16/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5897133
Community: LAGOS VISTOSO
Tract: LAGOS VISTOSO
Status: Active


Awesome Waterfront Property in Gated Community. Granite Kitchen Island. Large tile Floors. NEW Top of the line AC units 2016. Enjoy your full length covered patio looking out to the water while sitting in your hot tub. . One full bedroom and full bath down stairs with formal living and dining rooms with large kitchen nook. Master Bedroom upstairs with separate shower and tub and walk in closet. Loft upstairs

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East 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/!


$445,000 :: 10935 W ASHBROOK Place, Avondale AZ, 85392

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,869 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,018 sq ft
Added: 03/15/19, Last Updated: 03/15/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5897037
Community: GARDEN LAKES ESTATES 4
Tract: GARDEN LAKES ESTATES 4
Status: Active


This beautiful home has been nicely upgraded throughout. It features formal living and dining room, family room with fireplace and 1 bedroom and bathroom downstairs. Upstairs has a generous master bedroom with bay window, exit to balcony and master bathroom with separate tub & shower and double sinks. Attached bedroom could be an office, sitting room or separate bedroom. This house is ALL about the backyard. Resort living at its finest. Lake property with private dock, diving pool and spa accent the view of the AZ sunsets with mountain and lake views right from your patio. Hard to find another property like this one.

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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


$434,900 :: 1480 S VILLAS Court, Chandler AZ, 85286

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,096 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 01/22/19, Last Updated: 03/11/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5871471
Community: PECOS RANCH UNIT ONE LOT 1-90 TR A
Tract: PECOS RANCH UNIT ONE LOT 1-90 TR A
Status: Conditional


WATERFRONT PROPERTY!! Come see this Beautiful 3 bdr 2 bath home in a Great Area of Chandler. This Home is Bright and Open with Vaulted Ceilings and Spectacular Views of the Lake. Nicely Upgraded with Plantation Shutters, R/O and Softwater Systems, Central Vacuum, Sky Lights and much more. As you enter there is Nice Large Diagonal Tile in all the walkways. The Upgraded Kitchen includes Granite Countertops, Upgraded Cabinets, a Large Island, lots of Counter Space, and a Breakfast Nook that looks over the Lake. The Kitchen looks over the Family Room so you can be part of the Entertainment. There are 2 guest bedrooms that are good sized and share a hall bathroom. The Master Bedroom is Large and has its own On-Suite with Dual Sinks, a Walk-In Closet, Private water closet, and separate Shower

Listed with Call Realty, Inc


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 :: 14576 W HIDDEN TERRACE Loop, Litchfield Park AZ, 85340

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,531 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 03/10/19, Last Updated: 03/10/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5894524
Community: VILLAS AT LITCHFIELD PARK
Tract: VILLAS AT LITCHFIELD PARK
Status: Active


Beautiful and serene LAKE, Wigwam GOLF course, and MOUNTAIN views! The private stone patio with in-ground spa, gas fire pit, and outdoor kitchen overlooks the lake and golf course in the back. Separate CASITA with a kitchenette, walk-in closet and full bathroom is entered from the front courtyard. Nicely appointed with 12-ft ceilings, beehive gas fireplace, wood blinds, ceramic tile, Pergo laminate, and luxury carpet. Enjoy the GOURMET KITCHEN with slab GRANITE, Dacor 5-burner gas cooktop, built in oven and microwave, and Bosch dishwasher. LUXURY living with MANY hardware/electrical/stereo/surround/fan/lighting UPGRADES. New SECURITY screen doors on front door and casita door. Hop on a golf cart, a bike, or walk to Wigwam golf courses, restaurants, Aleppo Park, or Litchfield Village.

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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


$439,900 :: 1408 E CHICAGO Circle, Chandler AZ, 85225

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,180 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,791 sq ft
Added: 01/25/19, Last Updated: 03/09/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5873451
Community: SPRINGS
Tract: SPRINGS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/9/2019 by 1%
Status: Active


WOW! 3 bedrooms..... A Den.... AND 3 FULL baths.. AND WATERFRONT LOT (this is probably the best view lot in the community!) Wonderful lake community w/pool, spa & tennis courts for all to relax and unwind. French doors to backyard w/million dollar view enjoyed on the extended covered patio; great for entertaining as back patio has a B/I BBQ and Island!. Den downstairs could be used as a 4th bedroom or a great office w/double doors. Home has a formal dining & living areas. Kitchen updated with new counter tops back splash and floor tile. Master bath remodeled in 2016. New wood style floors in den/office. Fireplace updated in 2015. New A/C and water heater in 2017. Convenient location.Not many have sold when on the big water location; most are on the little ponds . Come See!

Listed with Keller Williams Integrity First


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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