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 :: 7700 E GAINEY RANCH Road #120, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,405 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 05/21/19, Last Updated: 05/21/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5928816
Community: SUNSET COVE GAINEY RANCH
Tract: SUNSET COVE GAINEY RANCH
Status: Active


THIS IS IT! LOCATION, LOCATION! Beautifully UPDATED Ground-Level Unit with 9X46'' ''WOOD'' PLANK TILE thru-out. NO CARPET! OPEN FLOOR-PLAN, Kitchen has full subway backsplash & Solid Maple Cabinets w/ Spice Finish, RO System, New Faucet, Stainless Kitchen Aid Appliances... like new! Covered Patio overlooks the Lagoon Fountains... so peaceful and great sunsets! EPOXY (2-car) Garage Floor and lots of storage space including cabinets. Security Screen Doors front and back! Hunter Douglas Specialty Blinds and Plantation Shutters. Updated Bathrooms w/ Quartz Counters and all new Lighting. Really close to the Famous Gainey Ranch Community Center, Lap Pool, and State of the Art Fitness Center. Other Amenities include Golf (with membership) and Tennis. Best location in Sunset Cove!

Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


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


$443,000 :: 1346 W WINDRIFT Way, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,121 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,228 sq ft
Added: 04/05/19, Last Updated: 05/18/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5907215
Community: SANDCASTLE VILLAGE LOT 1-31 TR A-D
Tract: SANDCASTLE VILLAGE LOT 1-31 TR A-D
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/18/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


Stunning WATERFRONT property with unbelievable VIEWS nestled in Sandcastle Village! This cozy 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath with a loft/den is full of custom amenities. As you enter the home you're greeted with vaulted ceilings, bamboo floors and an unmatched view of the lake. You will find stainless steel appliances in the kitchen and extra storage throughout the home and garage. A new water heater was installed March 2019, the new upstairs AC unit installed August 2018, and the roof is warrantied through 2024. Relax in the backyard while barbecuing on the built-in grill and enjoying the natural scenery in this highly desired community.

Listed with American Realty Brokers


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


$419,000 :: 401 N PINE ISLAND Drive, Payson AZ, 85541

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2 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,920 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 05/17/19, Last Updated: 05/17/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5927660
Community: PINE ISLAND AT CHAPARRAL PINES
Tract: PINE ISLAND AT CHAPARRAL PINES
Status: Active


Water, golf course, and mountain views, this home has a great location. All single level split floor plan features 2 master suites with access to patio's and is ready for move in. Main master has dual vanities, walk in shower, and large walk in closet. Second master has it's own private patio with a murphy bed so this can also be used as a study/den or office. Garage has a workshop with built in cabinets. All rooms have ceiling fans and laundry room comes with a built in desk. All appliances convey. Enjoy the views , clean air, and tranquility while sitting on the back patio. One of the best locations and an awesome value.

Listed with Premier Realty Solutions


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


$410,000 :: 5322 W TONOPAH Drive, Glendale AZ, 85308

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,756 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 05/17/19, Last Updated: 05/17/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5927606
Community: ARROWHEAD LAKES
Tract: ARROWHEAD LAKES
Status: Active


SINGLE LEVEL single family home in Arrowhead Lakes! The home is on a lakefront property and offers amazing views of the lake AND mountains!! The home has an open concept floor plan, high vaulted ceilings, lots of windows and skylights which brings in an abundance of natural lighting, new carpet and paint inside, a spacious kitchen/great room with a dining/breakfast room that has a bay window, a huge kitchen island/breakfast bar, huge pantry and lots of cabinet and counter space! Double doors lead to the master bedroom which has plush neutral carpeting and a full en-suite bathroom which features double sinks, a walk-in shower, soak tub, walk-in closet, and 2 large windows overlooking the backyard and lake!

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/!


$419,900 :: 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: 05/16/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5897133
Community: LAGOS VISTOSO
Tract: LAGOS VISTOSO
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/16/2019 by 1%
Status: Active


Hard to Find at this price. Beautiful 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/!


$439,000 :: 5668 W ABRAHAM Lane, Glendale AZ, 85308

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,236 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 05/14/19, Last Updated: 05/14/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5925691
Community: ARROWHEAD LAKES
Tract: ARROWHEAD LAKES
Status: Active


Stunning home in the highly sought-after community of Arrowhead Lakes! The home is on a premium lakefront lot, has a 3 car garage, a new roof (replaced 2018), a newer HVAC unit that was replaced 10 years ago AND the water heater was replaced in 2018! The home has desirable North/South exposure and a 'spool' in the back, which is less maintenance!! The home has high vaulted ceilings, an open concept floor plan, a spacious eat-in kitchen with granite countertops, refinished cabinets with modern hardware, stainless steel appliances and a breakfast bar. There is a dining/breakfast room off of the kitchen and that opens up to the family room which has a charming wood burning fireplace! There is a large interior laundry room, a loft upstairs with French Doors that lead

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/!


$449,900 :: 20357 N 52ND Avenue, Glendale AZ, 85308

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,556 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 04/05/19, Last Updated: 05/13/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5907089
Community: ARROWHEAD LAKES
Tract: ARROWHEAD LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/13/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


THIS HOME HAS A VERY LARGE LAKE FRONT, ONE OF THE LARGEST LAKEFRONT LOTS AVAILABLE!! SOME 100+ FEET OF LAKE FRONT, LOT PREMIUM IS WORTH SOME $50K, IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A SMALLER LAKE FRONT LOT THERE ARE PLENTY TO CHOOSE FROM. THERE IS SO MUCH ROOM ON THIS LOT TO ADD A HUGE POOL, SPORT COURT, AND OTHER LANDSCAPE TO MAKE THIS HOME YOUR FOREVER HOME!! MOTHER IN LAW SUITE DOWN WITH FULL BATH DOWN, MASTER AND TWO GUEST BEDROOMS UPSTAIRS. NEW FLOORING THOUGH OUT AND FRESH PAINT, READY FOR IMMEDIATE MOVE IN!!

Listed with Bennett Properties, L.L.C.


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


$443,975 :: 20745 N 62ND Avenue, Glendale AZ, 85308

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,414 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 03/27/19, Last Updated: 05/13/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5901857
Community: TUSCANY POINT
Tract: TUSCANY POINT
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/24/2019 by 1%
Status: Active


LAKE FRONT property on a large lot with a pool. This 4 bedroom home is nestled on cul-de-sac allowing for tranquility and privacy. Inside, you will love formal living and dining area with soaring vaulted ceilings, plantation shutters, pristine tile and clean light carpet in all of the right places. Beyond, you will find an open kitchen boasting granite countertops, ss appliances, an island and a built-in bar. Charming family room offers a fireplace and beautiful wood-look flooring. Majestic master retreat features a walk-in closet and lavish en-suite. The backyard is paradise with a sprawling partially covered patio and sparkling pool, a perfect spot to enjoy a drink, dinner or smores awhile savoring the breathtaking lake views. This rare find 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/!


$449,900 :: 6957 W MONONA Drive, Glendale AZ, 85308

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,998 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 03/15/19, Last Updated: 05/13/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5897254
Community: PALOMINO
Tract: PALOMINO
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/13/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


Welcome to the exclusive gated community of Palomino. Amazing lake views will not disappoint. Completely remodeled with open, light, and bright floor plan, complimented by dramatic finishes. New tile/wood floors installed throughout. Upgraded finishes including granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and large center island built for entertaining. Master suite with spa tub and large walk-in closet. Premium lot located near green belt access and walking paths. Water softener, security system, extra storage in garage. Extended covered patio with breathtaking view of lake, sunsets, and fountains.

Listed with eXp 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/!


$449,900 :: 9321 E CRYSTAL Drive, Sun Lakes AZ, 85248

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,846 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,406 sq ft
Added: 01/17/19, Last Updated: 05/08/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5869154
Community: SUN LAKES/OAKWOOD
Tract: SUN LAKES/OAKWOOD
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/8/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


SPACIOUS 1-Story Galleria on the GOLF COURSE in the GATED, Adult Community of Oakwood. This home has 2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, a DEN, open living/dining rooms & FAMILY ROOM that is open to the SPECTACULAR KITCHEN. The kitchen has an ISLAND, WALK-IN PANTRY, built-in desk & large eating area. The Master has a SITTING AREA, TWO WALK-IN CLOSETS, double vanity & separate tub/shower. You will love the space in the Laundry room & extra storage in the 3-car garage. Entertain or relax on the SOUTH-FACING covered patio overlooking the low maintenance landscaping & 3rd tees of the Lakes Golf Course. This is an amazing opportunity to COME ENJOY THE GOOD LIFE in Sun Lakes w/ all of its amenities including golf, tennis, pickle ball, pools, fitness center, clubs, social activities, restaurants & so much mo

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/!


 

 

 

 

 

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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