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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$440,000 :: 42624 W MALLARD Lane, Maricopa AZ, 85138

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3 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,102 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 12/12/17, Last Updated: 12/12/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5697915
Community: PROVINCE PARCEL
Tract: PROVINCE PARCEL
Status: Active


Waterfront 3 Bedroom plus Den with Attached Casita home in active Adult community Province. This Orchid model is complete with extensive upgrades and options. Upgraded cherry wood cabinets, granite counter tops, gourmet kitchen w/ induction-heat cooktop, large walk-in pantry, 18'' tile floors, custom window treatments, electric fireplace w/remote, 12' ceilings, formal dining and living room, his & hers walk-in closets in master bedroom, custom built-in entertainment center by DAGR Design, high-end flush-mount speakers, attached casita/office w/separate entrance. Low maintenance landscaping including night-lighting that gives this home a resort-like feel, plus a 3-car oversized garage! All this in a

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/!


$414,000 :: 8936 W ACOMA Drive, Peoria AZ, 85381

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,018 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,791 sq ft
Added: 12/08/17, Last Updated: 12/08/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5696604
Community: HARBOR ISLAND AMD 2
Tract: HARBOR ISLAND AMD 2
Status: Active


Panaoramic Lake & Balcony Sunset Views! Gated Community~Private Boat Dock~N Facing Back Patio~Cul-de-Sac Lot. Come & view this Outstanding Home & start Living the Unique Waterfront Lifestyle of Harbor Island. New A/C, Water Heater, Wood-Look Tile Plank Downstairs, Carpet Upstairs, New Paint Inside & Out. Stained Oak Cabinets, Travertine in Bathrooms, Family Room w/Fireplace, 2.5 Car Garage w/Partitioned, Air-Conditioned Work Space, Cabinets & Epoxy Flooring. Beautiful Landscaping w/mature Palms & Lighting. Flagstone Back Patio & Dining Circle. Just relax & enjoy over 90' of Water Front at the Rear Lot Line. Community Pool & Heated Spa, or add your own pool on this Pool-Size Lot. Just minutes from Shopping, Restaurants & Major Sports Facilities. You will not be disappointed!

Listed with Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty


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$435,000 :: 41998 W BACCARAT Drive, Maricopa AZ, 85138

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,733 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 12/02/17, Last Updated: 12/02/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5694244
Community: PROVINCE PARCEL 14
Tract: PROVINCE PARCEL 14
Status: Active


SPECTACULAR WATERFRONT HOME!!! Spacious, highly upgraded single level (no steps) with casita / home office / studio. Full bath in the casita. Nice, open floor plan. 4 bedrooms (all have walk-in closets). 3 full baths. Large, highly upgraded kitchen with built-in stainless steel appliances, dbl oven & gas cooktop. 3 car tandem garage with workshop area. Very energy efficient plus solar panels (owned). Welcoming front courtyard. FANTASTIC water views from multi-level brick paver patios. --- Province neighborhood amenities include a heated resort-style pool and spa, indoor lap pool, fitness center, pickleball, tennis, bocce courts, 18-hole putting course, library, ballroom, 50 acres of lakes & 125 acres of greenbelts in a guard-gated personal oasis. ***Shown with advance appointment only.***

Listed with Homesmart


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$409,900 :: 20920 N 70TH Drive, Glendale AZ, 85308

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,731 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 12/01/17, Last Updated: 12/01/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5693971
Community: PALOMINO
Tract: PALOMINO
Status: Active


OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS in the gated community of Palomino. Enjoy the Arrowhead lifestyle & amenities plus updated designer styling. This beautiful remodeled home features a new kitchen with upgraded cabinetry & soft close drawers, Quartz counters & custom Cement Tile Shop backsplash as well as new stainless steel appliances including side by side refrigerator. Master suite offers oversized bedroom with lake views & private patio access. Bathroom features matching cabinetry with dual sinks, custom tile shower, roman tub & walk-in closet. Fresh interior paint, new carpet & wood plank tile floors. Backyard features covered patio and large entertaining space by the pebble finish pool & spa, all with amazing lakefront views. Guest bedroom has its own private bath. This one is special, don't miss it

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate, LLC


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$415,000 :: 7735 W KIMBERLY Way, Glendale AZ, 85308

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,075 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 09/27/17, Last Updated: 11/30/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5665174
Community: ARROWHEAD RANCH
Tract: ARROWHEAD RANCH
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/15/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


LAKE HOME - This beautiful home has 5 bedrooms and 3 baths, Sunken living room and formal dining room, a large eat-in kitchen with island and granite countertops and backsplash, huge family room with fireplace and hardwood floors. Bedroom & bath on lower level and large master suite upstairs overlooking the lake, vaulted ceilings, pool & spa, firepit & built in BBQ in the backyard. This home is perfect for family and entertaining!

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate


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$439,900 :: 9632 E ARROWVALE Drive, Sun Lakes AZ, 85248

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,774 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,920 sq ft
Added: 10/25/17, Last Updated: 11/30/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5679198
Community: SUN LAKES UNIT 46A
Tract: SUN LAKES UNIT 46A
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/29/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


Does your home inspire you? It would if you lived here! The one everyone has been waiting for in Oakwood! CHOICE waterfront Naples villa boasts front seat lake and endless golf course views! Relax with your morning coffee and never miss a sunset as you unwind on your covered patio at the end of the day. Then experience the magic as night falls and lights shimmer on the lake! Highly sought-after open floor plan with 2 bedrms/2 baths plus den, soaring vaulted ceilings and tasteful plantation shutters throughout. Open kitchen with breakfast bar and stainless appliances. Beautifully updated bathrooms with accented tile and frameless shower doors. Washer and dryer included, security system, wired for surround sound. 50 amp outlet installed,

Listed with Keller Williams Legacy One


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$448,800 :: 5219 W TONOPAH Drive, Glendale AZ, 85308

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,292 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 11/17/17, Last Updated: 11/17/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5689387
Community: ARROWHEAD LAKES UNIT 7B
Tract: ARROWHEAD LAKES UNIT 7B
Status: Active


FIRST TIME ON MARKET IN 17 YEARS! THE OPEN- UPSTAIRS LOFT OVERLOOKS THE LIVING/DINING AREA, AND HAS MTN VIEWS. THE MASTER SUITE HAS HIS AND HER CLOSETS SEPARATE TUB AND SHOWER, AND A WALK-OUT BALCONY THAT PROVIDES EXPANSIVE LAKE VIEWS AND BEAUTIFUL WEST SUNSETS.COOKS AND DINERS ENJOY VIEWS OF THE POOL AND THE LAKE THROUGH BAY KITCHEN WINDOWS WHILE STILL BEING PART OF THE STEP-DOWN OPEN FAMILY ROOM. DOWNSTAIRS BEDROOM AND BATH HAS DIRECT ACCESS TO THE GARAGE AND MAKES A PRIVATE AREA FOR ANYONE. STEP OUTSIDE TO YOUR Private POOL WITH NO NEIGHBORS TO BLOCK THE LONG SOUTH AND WEST LAKE VIEWS. PLAN TO TIE YOUR BOAT UP TO THE LARGE DOCK, AND ENJOY AN EVENING RIDE ON SHADOW MOUNTAIN LAKE. RIDE UNDER THE BRIDGE AND CRUISE THE WATER TO SEE THE HOMES AND VIEWS ONLY VISIBLE FROM YOUR VESSEL.

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/!


$428,000 :: 10713 E ARROWVALE Drive, Sun Lakes AZ, 85248

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,302 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 11/01/17, Last Updated: 11/15/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5681678
Community: Ironwood Country Club, SUN LAK
Tract: Ironwood Country Club, SUN LAK
Status: Active


DONT MISS THIS ONE!! Adult Golf Course Community Santa Fe Style Home with an AMAZING LAKE & FOUNTAIN VIEW LOT. Nicely Remodeled. Entire Courtyard, Patio & Sidewalks have all New Pavers. 20'' tile installed on the diagonal & new carpet in bedrooms. Truly Beautiful Granite in all Bathrooms & Kitchen. New Black Appliances & eye-catching backsplash & enlarged kitchen island. French doors lead to side yard from kitchen eating area. Private dining room with view of Lake. Living & Family room share a Floor to Ceiling Electric Fireplace w/ Glass front, Heater, & Granite Hearth & finish. Master bedroom has same AMAZING view with slider to patio and huge walk-in closet & bath with jetted tub & separate shower, double sinks. All new faucets & lighting & door hardware throughout even in the Casita.

Listed with NextHome Elite 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/!


$415,000 :: 24428 S McCorkindale Court, Sun Lakes AZ, 85248

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,250 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 11/15/16, Last Updated: 11/15/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5525665
Community: Sun Lakes Unit 28 Lot 49
Tract: Sun Lakes Unit 28 Lot 49
Status: Active


This is what you've been waiting for! Gated Lake Front beauty with Hard to find Barcelona OPEN Greatroom floorplan! Vaulted Ceilings! Gourmet Kitchen w/ Island and lots of storage! 2 bedroom + Den + 2 bath, and Dining area or perfect game/poker room! Master has sitting area and own exit to the paradise like water front backyard, complete with BBQ island, extended covered patio! Perfect for entertaining or relaxing after hard day on the golf course. Master Bath w/Huge shower & soaking tub! Oversize walk-in closet with organizer too! Newer A/C and Water Heater too! Also Available fully furnished! Seller will convert the Den into 3rd bedroom at no cost! You have got to see this home in person to appreciate! take look at all the photos and call now to see this wonderful home today!

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/!


$407,900 :: 24131 S STONEY LAKE Drive, Sun Lakes AZ, 85248

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,204 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 04/21/17, Last Updated: 11/15/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5593843
Community: SUN LAKES - Oakwood
Tract: SUN LAKES - Oakwood
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/19/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


READY TO SELL! Waterfront setting on the fairways of Oakwood. Cart path ACROSS lake. NO golf balls! EXTENDED LENGTH GARAGE. Inviting home w/two bedrooms, PLUS Den/Office. Two full bathrooms. Kitchen opens to Family Room w/sliding door to full length, sunny morning Patio. Living Room flows to backyard w/windows bringing the outdoors in. Beautiful outdoor living space. Built-in BBQ on the Patio. Master Retreat w/dual sinks, large step-in shower, huge walk-in closet. Vaulted ceilings. Neutral Tile floors. Plantation shutters. Casual dining area adjacent to kitchen. Peaceful setting with views of lake. Extended length Garage. RESORT lifestyle with abundant recreation & social activities. IronOak's Clubhouses, with all top-notch resort amenities. GOLF courses, multiple Swimming POOLS & Tennis.

Listed with Keller Williams Legacy One


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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.