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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$427,800 :: 20101 N PEPPERMINT Drive, Maricopa AZ, 85138

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,888 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,762 sq ft
Added: 07/08/20, Last Updated: 08/04/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6100485
Community: PROVINCE
Tract: PROVINCE
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/4/2020 by 0%
Status: Active


HOME is READY for YOU! Come view this HEATED & COOLED POOL home in the sought after community of PROVINCE. With LAKE VIEWS, mature landscape, beautiful views of the mountains and a greenbelt across the street! Garage is extended with 8 ft insulated doors and custom cabinets. Step inside the home with ADOBE BLINDS, high ceilings, tall doors, making the home very open and large. The kitchen has CUSTOM staggered cabinets with CROWN MOLDING. UPGRADES GALORE...Granite Countertops, Lights, Flooring and LARGE DOUBLE SLIDER! Invite all your friends to visit with your DOUBLE MASTER SUITES. Come see the home TODAY!

Listed with The Maricopa Real Estate Co


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 :: 19610 N Palo Verde Drive, Sun City AZ, 85373

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,227 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,584 sq ft
Added: 08/01/20, Last Updated: 08/03/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6110392
Community: Sun City Unit 52
Tract: Sun City Unit 52
Status: Conditional


This is one of the most gorgeous, classy homes on the whole golf course. It has been lovingly update with a master bath ''to die for''. It has a sparkling pool that over looks a lake. It has marble tiled floors and a great room that is the living room, dining room and kitchen --all with golf course/lake views.The master bath has a walk-in shower and huge bath tub with jets,a seperate room for the potty, and a seperate water heater for quick hot water. The home

Listed with Award 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 :: 383 E Jack Mountain Loop Loop, Young AZ, 85554

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,809 sq ft
Lot Size: 41,818 sq ft
Added: 08/02/20, Last Updated: 08/02/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6111745
Community: Rose Creek Ranch
Tract: Rose Creek Ranch
Status: Active


Rose Canyon Ranch. Located between Young and Roosevelt Lake on Hwy 288. Off Grid-Solar with well. Upgrade Septic. 2 story Log Cabin-3 bedroom, 2 bath. Huge stone fireplace. 2156 sq ft. 2 car garage. Several open porches and a covered patio. Has WiFi!! Open living area.Poderosa Pine, Cottonwoods, and Oak Trees. Blackberry bushes-make your own jam. Rose Creek flows through the back of property. Mountain Ferns. This property is like a oasis in the mountains. 5,200'. One could not build this property for what the seller is asking. It's not even close. It's like the land comes free.Elk, Turkey, Mule & Coues Whitetail Deer, Black Bear and other wild creatures are your neighbors. Hunting Unit 23 South. This property is a sanctuary for all types of birds, Turkeys, Hawks, Eagles, Hummingbirds.

Listed with National Land 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 :: 2511 W QUEEN CREEK Road #438, Chandler AZ, 85248

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2 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,584 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,307 sq ft
Added: 01/24/20, Last Updated: 07/28/20
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6027874
Community: CAYS AT DOWNTOWN OCOTILLO CONDOMINIUM AMD
Tract: CAYS AT DOWNTOWN OCOTILLO CONDOMINIUM AMD
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/28/2020 by 1%
Status: Active


EXCLUSIVE LUXURY PENTHOUSE LOCATED IN THE HEART OF CHANDLER'S DOWNTOWN OCOTILLO. THIS COVETED TOP FLOOR UNIT FACES NORTH W/UNOBSTRUCTED VIEWS OF SURROUNDING MOUNTAINS. LARGE WINDOWS, 19' CEILINGS AND A BEAUTIFUL BALCONY ENHANCE THE WARM NATURAL LIGHT. THIS SPACIOUS UNIT FEATURES AN OPEN FLOOR-PLAN W/TWO SPLIT BEDROOMS & CHARMING LOFT (3RD BEDROOM) WITH ITS OWN FULL BATH. PERFECT ENTERTAINER'S KITCHEN BOOSTS BEAUTIFUL 42'' WHITE SHAKER CABINETS W/GLASS ACCENTS, EXTENSIVE COUNTER SPACE W/WHITE STONE COUNTERTOPS AND STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES. THIS UNIT HAS TWO TANDEM PARKING SPACES AND A FULLY CONTAINED (18.6 x 8.5 ) STORAGE ROOM VALUED AT $25,000 (storage units no longer available 4 sale by builder.) THIS UNIT FEELS LIKE BRAND NEW. PLEASE SEE DOC TAB FOR RESORT AMENITIES.

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 :: 1645 S ASH Drive, Chandler AZ, 85286

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,089 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 07/18/20, Last Updated: 07/23/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6105177
Community: PECOS RANCH UNIT TWO REPLAT
Tract: PECOS RANCH UNIT TWO REPLAT
Status: Active


RARE WATERFRONT PROPERTY WITH 5 BEDROOMS AND 3 FULL BATHS. THE OWNER HAS LOVINGLY ADDED UNIQUE TOUCHES TO THE INTERIOR SUCH AS 100 YEAR OLD ANTIQUE DOORS, ANTIQUE BATHROOM FIXTURES AND SMOOTH PLASTER WALLS. DIAGONALLY LAID STONE FLOORING THROUGHOUT, LARGE MASTER BEDROOM, FLEXIBLE FLOORPLAN WITH 3 WINGS AND 2 SEPARATE LIVING AREAS VERY BRIGHT AND OPEN. HAVE KIDS? LOVE DOGS? CHECK OUT THE 10 ACRE COMMUNITY PARK RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. THIS HOME IS A STANDOUT FROM ALL OF THE OTHER PLAIN VANILLA HOUSES ON THE MARKET!

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/!


$419,900 :: 6914 W ESCUDA Drive, Glendale AZ, 85308

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,974 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 07/18/20, Last Updated: 07/18/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6105207
Community: VISTAS AT ARROWHEAD RANCH
Tract: VISTAS AT ARROWHEAD RANCH
Status: Active


HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER AMAZING ARROWHEAD RANCH HOME is move in ready offering 4 bedroom w/split master, 3 baths and 3 car garage. Enjoy GORGEOUS panoramic views of the lake and golf course to the rear of the home! Beautiful flooring in one main living area & cozy fireplace in a spacious family room. HUGE open gourmet kitchen offers granite counters with large island, Stainless Steel appliances and plenty of storage. Spacious Master is split from the guest bedrooms for ultimate privacy. Master bath has dual vanities, soaking tub & shower. Imagine sipping a morning coffee on a quiet, private balcony off the Master Suite looking over a lake & a golf course! Truly one of a kind! Near shopping plaza of AJ's & 101 freeway.

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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 :: 6437 S COTTONFIELDS Lane, Laveen AZ, 85339

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,905 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,584 sq ft
Added: 07/10/20, Last Updated: 07/10/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6101858
Community: COTTONFIELDS
Tract: COTTONFIELDS
Status: Active


Premium lot LAKEFRONT PROPERTY & backed to golf course with view fence. Upgrade stone elevation with high arches entry. Open floor plan with dramatic high ceiling. Upgrade wrought iron rails thru-out & with these open wrought iron rails, at this large loft area, it creates an open space from living room looking up. With this larger home, all bedrooms are spacious, & 3 full-bath is a plus! Many other upgrades including: Kitchen cabinets, granite counter tops thru-out, stainless steel appliances with NEW DOUBLE-OVEN & built-in microwave, enjoy with the wet bar, all window blinds ready, & ceiling fans thru-out the house. Masterbed features with walk-in closet, separate tub/shower, dual-sinks, & private toilet. Enjoy the large balcony/deck with open view in back yard! Fire pit & bar area too!

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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 :: 15758 S MAUI Circle, Arizona City AZ, 85123

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,039 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,584 sq ft
Added: 02/04/20, Last Updated: 04/17/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6032681
Community: ARIZONA CITY UNIT TEN
Tract: ARIZONA CITY UNIT TEN
Status: Active


This spectacular home on Paradise Lake has a main home that is just over 2,000 sf and includes 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and an attached 1,000 sf casita with 1 bedroom and 1 bath. The Main living area has great living space with large kitchen, dining and living space, all with expansive views of Paradise Lake. Main kitchen includes granite counter tops, stacked upper cabinets, large island and great pantry. Master Ensuite includes double sinks, separate shower/jetted tub, walk-in closet, and laundry room/storage. Second bedroom and bath allow for privacy for family or guests. The casita also allows for privacy for family members or guests spending the night. There is a full bedroom, bath, kitchen area which includes washer/dryer, and a living/sitting room.

Listed with RE/MAX A Bar Z 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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