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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$429,000 :: 7272 E GAINEY RANCH Road #132, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,393 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 08/21/19, Last Updated: 08/21/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5967990
Community: Gainey Ranch
Tract: Gainey Ranch
Status: Active


*** PRIME LOT***NICELY UPGRADED UPSTAIRS UNIT WITH LOVELY POOL & LAGOON VIEWS -WALK UP TO BRIGHT & OPEN LIVING AREA W FIREPLACE & ARCADIA DOORS THAT OPEN OUT TO PRIVATE PATIO THAT OVERLOOKS RESORT STYLE POOL AREA & WATER LAGOON; FORMAL DINING AREA & SPACIOUS OPEN KITCHEN W EAT-IN AREA -LOTS OF WINDOWS & ACCESS OUT TO PATIO; LARGE MASTER BEDROOM HAS SITTING AREA-BRIGHT MASTER BATH W SKYLIGHTS; LARGE GUEST ROOM; SEPARATE LAUNDRY AREA; 2-CAR GARAGE HAS ACCESS DIRECTLY INTO UNIT

Listed with Basin Capital 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/!


$435,000 :: 901 E LA COSTA Place, Chandler AZ, 85249

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4 beds, 3.75 baths
Home size: 2,629 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 08/14/19, Last Updated: 08/14/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5965163
Community: LAGOS VISTOSO
Tract: LAGOS VISTOSO
Status: Active


RARE WATERFRONT HOME with POOL in the exclusive Lagos Vistoso GATED COMMUNITY in Chandler. BEAUTIFUL VIEWS from every window. Lush, backyard with SPARKLING SWIMMING POOL, HOT TUB, PALM TREES, FLAGSTONE SITTING AREA and PUTTING GREEN. You can't beat the VIEWS and SUNSETS OVERLOOKING THE WATER! Great home for entertaining front and back as you enter through the welcoming PRIVATE COURTYARD created by your PRIVATE CASITA great for INLAWS, TENANTS, ARTISTS or a HOME BUSINESS. This home has a spacious FIRST FLOOR MASTER SUITE and OPEN GREAT ROOM with STONE FIREPLACE and LARGE KITCHEN.This rare home won't last long. Call or schedule a showing today!

Listed with Carvalho 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/!


$417,499 :: 2210 S Duval --, Mesa AZ, 85209

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,584 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 08/08/19, Last Updated: 08/08/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5962208
Community: AUGUSTA RANCH PARCEL 4 MCR 469-03 Lot 2
Tract: AUGUSTA RANCH PARCEL 4 MCR 469-03 Lot 2
Status: Active


Beautiful single level home on the 10th hole of Augusta Ranch Golf Course and Water View LOT, split 3 bedroom-2.5 bath, den, living rm, w/formal dining rm and family rm with a gas fireplace-almost 2600 sq ft! Open kitchen with island/breakfast bar, granite counters/back splash, pantry and upgraded appliances with a gas stove! Extended 3 car garage with tons of storage. Soaring 10' ceilings throughout. Spacious master bedroom with patio doors to backyard, walk in closet, dual sinks and separate shower/tub. Den has a custom office or easily transform into a 4th bedroom. Low maintenance yard w/extended covered back patio with roll down shades, ceiling fans, gas outdoor fireplace and peach tree. View fence to enjoy the majestic view of the lake w/fountain on #10 green.

Listed with VHM & 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/!


$410,000 :: 19001 N 71ST Lane, Glendale AZ, 85308

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4 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 2,963 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 08/07/19, Last Updated: 08/07/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5961784
Community: ARROWHEAD RANCH
Tract: ARROWHEAD RANCH
Status: Active


LOCATION!!LOCATION!! One-owner Home** BEST GOLF COURSE VIEW**LAKE**MOUNTAINS**ARROWHEAD COUNTRY CLUB'S 17th Fairway**4 BEDROOMS**4 BATHS**2963 SF**3-CAR GARAGE**Tri-level** OUTDOOR POOL SHOWER**for the pebble tec-like pool**Light and bright kitchen with fabulous views**JENN-AIR cooktop with attachments**2 PATIOS overlooking the gorgeous fairway**trash compactor**WHOLE HOUSE KINETICO WATER SYSTEM**2 SAFES**NEWER TRANE AIR CONDITIONER**ONE BEDROOM AND FULL BATH OFF FAMILY ROOM**WET BAR AND FULL BAR IN FAMILYROOM**VERY DESIRABLE NEIGHBORHOOD**CLOSE TO THE 101*RESTAURANTS*SHOPPIING*GREAT DEER VALLEY SCHOOLS* Needs paint and carpet**GOOD BONES READY FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL TOUCH***This home has a OneGuard Home Protection policy for the new buyer***

Listed with Long Realty West Valley


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$437,000 :: 42584 W MALLARD Lane, Maricopa AZ, 85138

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,102 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,148 sq ft
Added: 05/10/19, Last Updated: 08/07/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5923799
Community: PROVINCE
Tract: PROVINCE
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/7/2019 by 3%
Status: Active


ELEGANT upgrades and first class living are what you'll find in this WATERFRONT Orchid model home WITH CASITA. Trey ceiling architecture, spacious kitchen with huge island built for entertaining, granite counter tops with back splash, tasteful pendent lighting, gas in lay range with hood, cherry cabinets with crown molding, PICTURE WINDOWS WITH WATER VIEWS from great room, diagonal tile, second master bedroom with en suite, HUGE MASTER BEDROOM and bath with double vanities, walk in shower, and huge spa like bathtub. THREE CAR GARAGE, reverse osmosis, and soft water system complement this one of kind home. You'll also love the world class clubhouse at Province featuring large outdoor swimming pool, INDOOR HEATED POOL and exercise pool, fitness center, and daily activities. Come on by 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/!


$449,900 :: 1611 W PAINT PONY Drive, Payson AZ, 85541

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2 beds, 1 bath
Home size: 760 sq ft
Lot Size: 457,380 sq ft
Added: 08/05/19, Last Updated: 08/05/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5961077
Community: Geronimo Estates
Tract: Geronimo Estates
Status: Active


10+/- acres of beautiful secluded horse property with two fenced pastures, a 6 stall Mare Motel, all nestled between the National Forest and the seasonal Webber Creek. A private well, and a 760+/- sqft 2 bedroom, 1 bath home. Covered porch on two sides. Two small Bunkhouses. A secluded hideaway to relax, enjoy your privacy and your horses. Must cross Webber creek-bed to get to property. New well pump (2017), New retaining wall, New tile flooring, Furniture & Generator can be negotiated for sale outside of escrow. Some of the Horses & Tack may be negotiated for sale outside of escrow (Gypsy Vanner horses will not be sold). Padlocked gate at property line. Buyer to verify that property is in Flood Zone D.

Listed with ERA-Young Realty & Investment


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 :: 5001 CROOKED CREEK Court, Lakeside AZ, 85929

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,262 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,326 sq ft
Added: 06/20/19, Last Updated: 07/30/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5942035
Community: MOUNTAIN GATE UNIT 1
Tract: MOUNTAIN GATE UNIT 1
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/30/2019 by 4%
Status: Active


The cool pines await! This mountain retreat offers all the benefits of the forest, with all the convenience, safety, and security of being in town. Your private gated neighborhood features a creek in the back yard and groomed footpaths. The inside is spacious yet private and cozy with a split master with deck access (listen to the creek in bed on cool summer nights), walk in closet, separate shower and spa tub. Room for guest too! The living area has wood floors and soaring plank ceilings, a cozy fireplace in the living room, formal dining room, and a magnificent chefs kitchen with island, pantry, lots of cabinet space and a breakfast bar. Relax on your full length covered deck and with the cool breeze rustling in the tall pines combined with the babbling creek and know you are truly home.

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/!


$415,000 :: 16544 S 179TH Lane, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,040 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,406 sq ft
Added: 05/23/19, Last Updated: 07/09/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5930151
Community: CANTA MIA PROVINCE AT ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH
Tract: CANTA MIA PROVINCE AT ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/9/2019 by 1%
Status: Active


Welcome home to this stunning lakefront home in Goodyear's Province at Canta Mia Active Adult Community! This fantastic 2 bed/ 2 bath+Den home offers an amazing great room floorplan w/ tons of natural light, neutral paint, recessed lighting, hand scraped wood tiles t/o & den w/ double doors perfect for an office. Designer kitchen has stainless steel appliances, double oven, walk-in pantry, granite counters, staggered cabinets & large island w/ breakfast bar. Master retreat w/ walk-in closet, double sinks, step-in shower & private toilet room. Waterfront backyard features covered patio, mountain & lake views & extended patios w/ pergolas. Community offers championship golf course, hiking/biking trails, lakes, indoor & outdoor pools, gym, clubhouse, art studio, sport courts & more!

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Phoenix


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


$408,862 :: 839 E Cobble Stone Drive, San Tan Valley AZ, 85140

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,948 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,485 sq ft
Added: 02/05/19, Last Updated: 07/05/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5878779
Community: Encanterra(r) a Trilogy(r) Resort Community
Tract: Encanterra(r) a Trilogy(r) Resort Community
The price of this listing was last increased on 7/5/2019 by 3%
Status: Active


Designer home that is ready for move in. Welcome to the lifestyle of Encanterra offering ingeniously designed floor plans, an incredible resort lifestyle, gated community, & stunning expansive patio/outdoor living areas. Enjoy the private Tom Lehman designed championship golf course & the beautiful 60,000 sf. Club, La Casa, w/the latest in dining, fitness ,tennis, relaxation, complete w/3 pools and expansive athletic club, & full-service spa and much more.

Listed with Arizona Experience 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/!


 

 

 

 

 

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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