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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$449,000 :: 3429 E WILDWOOD Drive, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,704 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,227 sq ft
Added: 08/14/17, Last Updated: 08/14/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5646408
Community: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 12 LOT 1-132 T
Tract: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 12 LOT 1-132 T
Status: Active


Lakewood waterfront lot, single level!! 3 bedroom. 2nd bedroom could be a den/office. $15,000 kitchen remodel- new cabinets, granite counters, travertine backsplash, small appliance bays. Dishwasher, disposal and microwave have been replaced recently. Both bathrooms have been partially remodeled. Electric paddle boat included with house, parked at your own dock! Two fireplaces, premium sound system with speakers in every room, ceiling fans, water filter, water softener, lifetime compressor and heat exchanger warranty on AC equipment.The house has a very large storage room. Enjoy your view of the lake from your spa, on its own deck. Low care landscape maintenance, mostly desert and premium artificial turf along the lake. Come see this amazing house!

Listed with Realty Executives


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


$400,000 :: 41138 N CONGRESSIONAL Drive, Anthem AZ, 85086

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,368 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 08/09/17, Last Updated: 08/09/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5644102
Community: ANTHEM COUNTRY CLUB
Tract: ANTHEM COUNTRY CLUB
Status: Active


3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Anthem Country Club home with spectacular golf, lake and Daisy Mountain views! This remodeled Olympic/Hutchinson floor plan's kitchen features gorgeous slab granite counters, raised panel upgraded cabinetry with crown molding and stainless steel appliances including a gas range and a breakfast bar. New Berber-style carpet in all 3 bedrooms, gas fireplace with mantle in family room and custom media niche. Master bathroom has separate shower and jetted tub, dual sinks and walk-in closet. Backyard is an entertainer's dream with a heated pool and spa, built-in BBQ island and gas fire pit with bench seating against a magnificant backdrop of views. Come see this beautifully remodeled Anthem Country Club 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home today!

Listed with D.L. Jones 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/!


$435,000 :: 25245 S HOLLYGREEN Drive, Sun Lakes AZ, 85248

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,119 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 08/09/17, Last Updated: 08/09/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5643804
Community: SUN LAKES Palo Verde
Tract: SUN LAKES Palo Verde
Status: Active


Highly upgraded & customized floor plan with 2 masters, powder room, den, greatroom plus formal dining & breakfast room. Vaulted ceilings in most rooms with coffered ceilings in the breakfast & kitchen. Extensive recessed lighting throughout, triple pane Pella windows with internal blinds, 18 inch neutral tile, designer lights & fans, granite countertops AND high-end custom cabinets with pull outs. Oversized GE Monogram Refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher & separate beverage refrig. are among the included appliances. Main master offers 2 walk-in closets & is spacious enough for a sitting area. VIEWS OF THE LAKE FROM MOST ROOMS. The covered patio was doubled in size with pillars removed to open the view even more. A 4 ft extension on the 2 car garage with golf cart + cabinets & workbench.

Listed with Cactus Mountain Properties, LLC


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$419,000 :: 1241 W HONEYSUCKLE Lane, Chandler AZ, 85248

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,886 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 05/31/17, Last Updated: 08/05/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5613121
Community: STILLWATER COVE
Tract: STILLWATER COVE
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/10/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


Beautiful 3BR/2BA Single Level Home sits on a Premium Lot with Breathtaking Golf Course and Lake Views in the Prestigious Ocotillo Golf Resort. Straight out of Nantucket, the Living/Dining Rm is Light & Airy w/Awesome Views. Remodeled Gourmet Kitchen w/Stone Island, Glass Inlays & Backsplash, Hickory Cabinets w/Crown Molding, Stainless Appliances, Exotic Granite Countertops w/Raised Eating Area, Pot Filler, Beverage Refrigerator & Wine Cooler, R/O Ice Maker, 20x20 Porcelain Tile w/Copper In-Lays, Warming Drawer, Wall Oven, Range Hood, Soft Water & R/O. Spacious Family Room off Kitchen--ideal for entertaining! Large Master w/Built-In Cabinets, Bath w/Sep.Tub/Shower, Walk-in Closet. Private Resort-Like Grassy Yard, Sparkling Pool Remodeled '16, Garage cabs. Easy Walk to Shops, Restaurants!

Listed with RE/MAX Fine Properties


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$449,999 :: 20787 N 61ST Drive, Glendale AZ, 85308

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,523 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 07/13/17, Last Updated: 08/04/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5632752
Community: CAMELOT VIEWS at Arrowhead Ran
Tract: CAMELOT VIEWS at Arrowhead Ran
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/13/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


Must see!!!Rare opportunity to buy a Lake home on a Cul-De-Sac lot in Camelot Views. ONE OWNER home with all records of repairs and updates since the home was built. Enjoy the hot tub and lake view in the backyard while listening to the waterfall. The home has tile throughout the entire home along with allergy sensitive air filters keeping the dust and pollen to a minimum. Newer dual Trane A/C units. This home is perfect for entertaining, raising kids or enjoying a quiet peaceful lake view retreat. Pride of ownership is an understatement with this home. This home boasts a soft water system, Plantation shutters, split floorplan and the 3 car garage.

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/!


$424,900 :: 6202 E MCKELLIPS Road #61, Mesa AZ, 85215

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,284 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 04/04/17, Last Updated: 08/01/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5585113
Community: TUSCANY VILLAS AT PAINTED MOUN
Tract: TUSCANY VILLAS AT PAINTED MOUN
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/10/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


BEAUTIFUL RARE GOLF COURSE LOT BASEMENT HOME IN GATED TUSCANY VILLAS AT PAINTED MOUNTAIN. HOME FEATURES AN OPEN KITCHEN WITH GRANITE COUNTER-TOPS, NEW COOKTOP, BUILT-IN REFRIGERATOR, UPGRADED CABINETS, SOLAR TUBES THROUGHOUT, STACKED STONE FIREPLACE IN FAMILY ROOM, TRAVERTINE AND SLATE FLOORING, NEW CARPET, NEW INTERIOR PAINT, SEPARATE GUEST BEDROOM EXIT WITH PATIO AND MORE. BASEMENT FEATURES LARGE REC ROOM, MEDIA/DEN, BEDROOM WITH PRIVATE BATH AND WALK-IN CLOSET, 1/2 BATH AND WET BAR. SPACIOUS BACKYARD WITH GREAT GOLF COURSE VIEWS, COVERED PATIO, GRASS AREA AND MORE!

Listed with HomeMax Real Estate


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$417,000 :: 6763 W MONONA Drive, Glendale AZ, 85308

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,327 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 07/24/17, Last Updated: 07/24/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5637453
Community: SIENNA
Tract: SIENNA
Status: Active


Beautiful, upgraded well maintained 4 bedroom home with a waterfront lot with a DIVING pool. Bedroom and full bath downstairs. Heat pump type pool heater lets you swim all through the winter. Paddle boat comes with the house for recreational fun on the finger lake that comes up to your back yard. Secluded setting in the highly sought after Arrowhead Lakes community. Conveniently close to everything you will need to enjoy this lakefront property. If you are considering Arrowhead Lakes you should put this home on your list. Balance of Home Warranty transferred to buyer - thru Nov 2017.

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/!


$409,900 :: 8022 W PARKINSON Drive, Pine AZ, 85544

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,600 sq ft
Lot Size: 103,672 sq ft
Added: 07/23/17, Last Updated: 07/23/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5637115
Community: STRAWBERRY KNOLLS UNIT 4 AMD
Tract: STRAWBERRY KNOLLS UNIT 4 AMD
Status: Active


Wonderful mountain real log cabin built in 2005 on over 2 acres with horse facilities. Built with ''D'' cut logs, this home has an amazing feel! Huge open main living area with vaulted ceilings. Brazilian Teak floors. Knotty pine ceilings. This split bedroom floor plan has all bedrooms on the main floor. There are spiral staircases to 2 large storage rooms.Outside you will find horse set-ups, pasture/arena area, and a tack building.The property backs to Strawberry Creek, is on local water, and has a private septic system.Home was obtained through foreclosure and has limited information. Buyer responsible to do a thorough due diligence.

Listed with Realty Executives Northern Arizona


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


$409,000 :: 406 N Pine Island Drive, Payson AZ, 85541

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,720 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 04/21/17, Last Updated: 07/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5594288
Community: Pine Island at Chaparral Pines
Tract: Pine Island at Chaparral Pines
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/8/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


Location is everything with this gorgeous custom home in Pine Island. Open and spacious this 1720sf home displays vaulted ceilings and stackedrock fireplace. The kitchen offers abundant cabinet space, gas range, granite countertops and large window with a view. Enjoy dining on open deck off the kitchenand a massive covered back deck with views of a pond with small waterfall. Master bedroom is spacious with sliding door onto the back deck. Master bathroom hasdouble vanity, shower and walk-in closet. Split floor plan with two bedrooms and a full bathroom. Laundry closet with washer & dryer. Tall pines on the lot. Enjoypeace, serenity and wildlife living in Chaparral Pines

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 :: 404 N Pine Island Drive, Payson AZ, 85541

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3 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 2,465 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 02/05/17, Last Updated: 07/18/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5557116
Community: Pine Island at Chaparral Pines
Tract: Pine Island at Chaparral Pines
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/30/2017 by 4%
Status: Active


Perfect mountain get-away in Chaparral Pines golf community! This home features three bedroom suites privately situated to maximize privacy and space, yet boasts spacious indoor and outdoor living area for ample room to entertain. Located within a large stand of Ponderosa Pines with views over a water pond feature, this tranquil setting is ideal to enjoy the cool summer evenings and the beauty of nature. Inside, the Great Room has a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, decorative shelving niches and an extra large kitchen with breakfast bar for family and friends to gather while entertaining. The Master Suite, conveniently located on the main level has sliding doors to the patio and an en suite bath with separate jetted tub and shower. The split floor plan provides privacy for ... CLICK

Listed with Keller Williams Arizona Realty


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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.