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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$423,900 :: 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: 02/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5694244
Community: PROVINCE PARCEL 14
Tract: PROVINCE PARCEL 14
The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/2/2017 by 3%
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 RE/MAX Foothills


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


$414,500 :: 4777 S FULTON RANCH Boulevard #1101, Chandler AZ, 85248

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,721 sq ft
Lot Size: 2,178 sq ft
Added: 01/10/18, Last Updated: 02/17/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5707122
Community: SERENITY SHORES CONDOMINIUM AT
Tract: SERENITY SHORES CONDOMINIUM AT
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/31/2018 by 0%
Status: Active


RARE LUXURIOUS WATER FRONT LIVING! Why wait to build it when the perfect home is waiting for you RIGHT NOW in this Premier Community!? Beautifully upgraded: Plank wood-look tile, stainless steel appliances,soft close cabinets, and more. The Master Planned Community of Fulton Ranch features a clubhouse, community pools, playgrounds, walking paths, an exercise room, and MORE! Located close to all the main freeways, and Chandler's High Tech Corridor, Golf, Snedigar Sports complex, Chandler Skate Park, and Luxury Shopping Centers- this location has it ALL! This sought after Villa 2 floor plan is ground level, no steps, and no neighbors behind.See the documents tab for more information regarding this listing

Listed with US Preferred Realty


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$449,990 :: 26309 W FIREHAWK Drive, Buckeye AZ, 85396

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,475 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 02/15/18, Last Updated: 02/16/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5724134
Community: SUN CITY FESTIVAL PARCEL L1
Tract: SUN CITY FESTIVAL PARCEL L1
Status: Active


Fantastic Retirement living in Sun City Festival.Popular ENDEAVOR floor plan. Home has several builder upgrades, Stainless Steel multiple and convection ovens. Beautiful QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS and high level cabinets. Dramatic designer wood look tile flooring and wood floors in bedrooms/no carpet.All home lighting has been upgraded to LED color corrected Daylight. Extended Garage w/additional temperature controlled room with Freezer and plenty of storage. Separate Golf Cart Garage.$45,000 in Landscaping, DRIVEWAY AND COURTYARD PAVERS with BEAUTIFUL GOLF COURSE AND WHITE TANK MOUNTAIN VIEWS from the fenced backyard.* SOLAR PANELS ARE PAID FOR MAKES FOR LOW ELECTRIC BILLS.

Listed with Iannelli and Associates


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


$449,000 :: 10925 E MINNESOTA Avenue, Sun Lakes AZ, 85248

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,387 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 10/13/17, Last Updated: 02/15/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5673876
Community: SUN LAKES 26D LOT 1-38 $5000 B
Tract: SUN LAKES 26D LOT 1-38 $5000 B
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/15/2017 by 0%
Status: Active


Beautiful Home on Golf Course w/Lake View, Separate Guest House...4 Bedrooms/3.5 Baths. Formal Living/Dining Room/ Separate Den/Office w/Library. Large Open Kitchen w/Island, Desk, Walk in Pantry, Built in Microwave Oven, Breakfast Area and Family Room w/Wet Bar, Bay Window, Vaulted Ceilings. Home has Carpet, Tile Flooring, Solar Tubes, Plantations Shutters. Double Door Entry w/Stained Glass inserts. Inside Laundry w/Washer & Dryer, Cabinets & Sink. Large Master Bedroom w/Sitting Area, Large Walk in Closet, Separate Tub & Shower, Skylights, Door to Patio. Large 2nd Bedroom & Bath. Full 3 Car Garage. Full Tile Roof, double felt replaced 2013 along with re-coating Patio Roof. A/C Main replaced in 2004, Upstairs is original, but not used much & Casita A/C Replaced in 2017.

Listed with Revelation Real Estate


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$434,000 :: 5826 W DEL LAGO Circle, Glendale AZ, 85308

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,983 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 01/01/18, Last Updated: 02/15/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5702946
Community: HAMILTON ARROWHEAD RANCH LOT 1
Tract: HAMILTON ARROWHEAD RANCH LOT 1
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/1/2018 by 4%
Status: Active


Premium Lakefront Property! Huge Price Reduction!! Located in the exclusive community of Del Lago. As you drive into the cul-de-sac, the word "spacious" comes to mind and stays with you. Dramatic entry with high volume ceilings, open stairway to 2nd level with three spacious bedrooms and large open loft that overlooks the Main Level. Mountain and Sunset Views off the Balcony, North Exposure. Split Master Retreat on the Main Level with Fireplace and Private Exit that leads to the Extended Back Covered Patio. Kitchen is graced with spans of windows providing plenty of natural light. Cozy Family Room with Fireplace, Wet Bar, Entertainment Wall and French Doors leading to Lakeside. You will fall in love with Del Lago and its neighborly pride!

Listed with Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty


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$410,000 :: 4777 S FULTON RANCH Boulevard #2131, Chandler AZ, 85248

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,890 sq ft
Lot Size: 2,178 sq ft
Added: 02/09/18, Last Updated: 02/09/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5721540
Community: SERENITY SHORES CONDOMINIUM AT
Tract: SERENITY SHORES CONDOMINIUM AT
Status: Active


Exquisite Serenity Villa 4 (former) Model - never lived in. North/South exposure! List of upgrades (approx. value $75,000) available upon request.Serenity is a low maintenance "Lock & Leave" gated community in the Fulton Ranch Master Planned Community. 500 acres with 28 acres of lakes and waterscapes throughout. Located in walking distance of 5 restaurants, grocery store and more. Bike/Walking paths for the active lifestyle. Serenity offers a community pool, spa, fitness center and clubhouse. This gorgeous Villa is 3 bed 2 bath plus den. It boasts an open 'Loft Style' floorplan concept w/ a walk-around island kitchen overlooking a large great room and views of one of the Fulton Ranch waterscapes. This former model has been the Flagship of the community. Act fast. It could be yours!

Listed with Cambridge Properties, Inc.


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$407,000 :: 1538 E SOUTH SHORE Drive, Tempe AZ, 85283

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,470 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 01/25/18, Last Updated: 02/08/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5714248
Community: LAKES TRACT R1
Tract: LAKES TRACT R1
Status: Conditional


This spectacular and impeccable home, in the beautiful Lakes Community Tempe, is waiting for you to call home. Nothing is better than sitting outside, listening to the fountain in the lake and watching birds, turtles and sunsets from your covered back patio. This house, in a very desirable neighborhood, is filled with happy family memories and is the perfect home to raise a family. A fabulous entertaining kitchen looks out onto the backyard and lake beckoning family and friends over for a relaxing gathering. The 4 bedrooms are spacious and very comfortable, with one master suite downstairs and one upstairs. This home is over 2400 SF and is ready to be loved by new owners.

Listed with Brokers Hub Realty, 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/!


$430,000 :: 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: 02/01/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5697915
Community: PROVINCE PARCEL
Tract: PROVINCE PARCEL
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/3/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


Waterfront 3 Bedroom Orchid Model with Attached Casita home in active Adult community Province. Upgraded cherry wood cabinets, granite counter tops, gourmet kitchen w/ induction-heat cooktop, Huge kitchen island and breakfast bar, and large walk-in pantry. Floor to Ceiling windows with incredible views of the water. 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/!


$410,000 :: 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: 01/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5665174
Community: ARROWHEAD RANCH
Tract: ARROWHEAD RANCH
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/30/2017 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


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 :: 7207 W Utopia Road, Glendale AZ, 85308

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,548 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,583 sq ft
Added: 12/20/17, Last Updated: 01/15/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5700444
Community: ARROWHEAD OASIS AMD LT 1-88 TR
Tract: ARROWHEAD OASIS AMD LT 1-88 TR
The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/20/2017 by 3%
Status: Active


REDUCED $14,000!! MUST SEE! Semi-Custom Hanson Home Built in Arrowhead Ranch* Original Owner*. Former Model this Stunning Mediterranean Style 4BR 3BA 3CG Integra-Block Construction Home* Huge 9,800 Sq Ft Lot w/Spectacular Views of Golf Course & Lake* A/C July 2015* Roof Replaced 2014* Gourmet Kitchen w/Stove Top w/Griddle, Built-In Wall Oven, Microwave & Breakfast Rm. w/Lg. Bay Window* Family Rm. w/Wet Bar, Fireplace & Built-In Bookcase* Amazing Master Suite Upstairs w/Balcony, Fireplace & 2 Closets* Master Bath w/Sep. Garden Tub & Shower* Tile Floors* Custom Shutters* 1 BR & Bath Downstairs* Carpet in 12-2017* 2nd Bath has Bamboo Floors* WoodStaircase* 3rd Garage has A/C unit for Office/Man Cave can be converted to Garage* 7 Ceiling Fans* Prof. Landscape Yard w/Huge Diving Pool,

Listed with Realty Executives


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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.