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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$449,900 :: 42483 W BLUE SUEDE SHOES Lane, Maricopa AZ, 85138

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4 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 3,102 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 03/09/18, Last Updated: 11/16/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5734666
Community: PROVINCE PARCEL 4
Tract: PROVINCE PARCEL 4
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/16/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


Exquisite home on the water in the Award Winning Active Adult Community of Province. Pride of Ownership is imminent from the moment you drive up to this gorgeous home. American Made Owned Solar System provides a monthly average electric bill of $58.00. Stunning backyard is a Perfect Paradise with ample seating areas, Hot Tub, Built-in gas BBQ, and Covered Patio overlooking the Lake. Separate Guest Casita, 3 Car Garage with 4' Extension and Epoxy Floors. Luxury Gourmet Kitchen with Granite Countertops, Stainless Steel Appliances and Huge Walk In Pantry. Real Bamboo Floors in the Formal Living/Dining with Tile Throughout the rest of the home. 12' Ceilings Throughout with Coffered Ceilings in Front Entry and Master Bedroom. This home is beyond Spectacular and will not disappoint.

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$449,900 :: 7601 E INDIAN BEND Road #1053, Scottsdale AZ, 85250

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,509 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,306 sq ft
Added: 11/16/18, Last Updated: 11/16/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5847663
Community: CORRIENTE CONDOMINIUMS
Tract: CORRIENTE CONDOMINIUMS
Status: Active


Here's your opportunity to own a luxury 2 bedroom Corriente condo on a premium lot. This home boasts mountain, lake and golf views! Built in 2015, this Diamante plan has the largest bedrooms offered and many upgrades including cabinets and extended tile. The family room was also modified by removing the dining niches to create a larger space. This provides the ultimate flexibility for furniture placement. Outside, the lovely patio offers privacy and views. It is a perfect spot to sip coffee while watching beautiful sunrises. Corriente amenities include gated security, an oasis like pool, a massive clubhouse with full kitchen and a loaded gym. Internet & basic DirecTV are also included.Please note that Building 7 was constructed in 2015 unlike some others that were built in 2008.

Listed with Realty Executives


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$445,000 :: 5668 W ABRAHAM Lane, Glendale AZ, 85308

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,236 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 07/31/18, Last Updated: 11/14/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5800474
Community: ARROWHEAD LAKES
Tract: ARROWHEAD LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/14/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Welcome to the beautiful lakeside community of Arrowhead Lakes! This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath house has so much to offer with 2236 square feet, large living areas, an extra loft space and so much more! Soaring ceilings greet you when you enter this home with a beautiful living room/dining room combo and a lovely staircase that flows to the upper portions of the home. Wonderful kitchen over looking the family room complete with a cozy fireplace! Kitchen features stainless appliances, rich cabinets, granite countertops, a raised counter thats perfect for extra seating and a nice breakfast nook over looking that gorgeous view. Upstairs you will find a terrific loft area that is set up for a great home theatre experience as well as double doors that lead to a balcony which spans the entire

Listed with RE/MAX Professionals


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$442,500 :: 1700 E LAKESIDE Drive #14, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,777 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 06/05/18, Last Updated: 11/13/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5775809
Community: Val Vista Lakes
Tract: Val Vista Lakes
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/13/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Rare single level WATERFRONT 2 Bedroom condo in Breckenridge Bay with side yard access! This unit has been meticulously cared for and is move-in ready. Offered furnished and would be a fantastic investment for seasonal owner. Large master suite with access to the rear yard and outstanding lake views. Large closet and bathroom with beautiful saltillo tile. Kitchen has a sunny dinette area & 18 foot ceilings. Large family room with fireplace and dining area. Secondary bedroom has private bathroom for guests. Newer AC unit & water heater. Flat roof was recently re-coated.End unit so only 1 common wall. Convenient to the amazing Val Vista Lakes clubhouse with 8 tennis courts, indoor raquetball, sand-entry lagoon, cardio & weight rooms. Excellent Gilbert location near US 60. Excellent schools.

Listed with Keller Williams Integrity First


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$440,000 :: 17034 S 178TH Avenue, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,190 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 11/11/18, Last Updated: 11/11/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5845716
Community: PROVINCE AT ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN
Tract: PROVINCE AT ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN
Status: Active


Rare opportunity. Cadence model with Casita, pool and on the LAKE. When entering the front courtyard you'll see the care the owner has given this lightly lived in home. From the Great Room note the glimmering pool and lake through the large windows. Enjoy this gathering area with media wall and gas fireplace. Home has a gourmet kitchen with upgraded S/S appliances including double ovens, microwave, gas cook top and upgraded Honed Granite counter-top. The formal dining room is used as a den. Separate guest wing has spacious bedroom and full bath with over-sized tile shower. The Master Suite has easy access to the large covered patio and your own private dunking pool. The Master offers a 5-pc en-suite plus large walk in closet. Your company will love the private Casita where

Listed with HomeSmart


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$409,000 :: 3850 S HEATH Way, Chandler AZ, 85248

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,910 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 11/09/18, Last Updated: 11/10/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5845368
Community: CARMEL BAY AT OCOTILLO
Tract: CARMEL BAY AT OCOTILLO
Status: Active


Wow! Spectacular, on the WATER, just updated 2-story home in Ocotillo. New paint inside and out. Professionally refinished white kitchen cabinets, granite counter tops, mosaic backsplash, new SS appliances, pantry, and large island create a kitchen of your dreams. Plush new carpet with tile in high traffic areas. Great room boosts soaring ceilings, lake view, and tons of natural light. Large dinning area off kitchen with another terrific view of the lake. Bright master suit has sliding glass doors to cozy terrace, lavish bath with double sinks, sepperate jetted tub/shower, and a walk in closet. 3 car garage with attached cabinets. Stunning back yard offers covered patio, sparkling blue pool, all overlooking the lake with breathtaking view, and private dock. Schedule a showing!

Listed with MacLay Real Estate


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$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: 11/09/18, Last Updated: 11/09/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5844154
Community: PROVINCE PARCEL 15
Tract: PROVINCE PARCEL 15
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! Attached casita/office w/separate entrance. Read more click here.

Listed with eXp Realty


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$404,900 :: 653 E INDIAN WELLS Place, Chandler AZ, 85249

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,001 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 08/10/18, Last Updated: 11/02/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5805559
Community: LAGOS VISTOSO
Tract: LAGOS VISTOSO
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/2/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


WON'T LAST!!! EXECUTIVE GATED SERENE WATERFRONT HOME. MASSIVE FULL-HOUSE LENGTH PATIO DECK W/ BBQ/FP, POND FOR ENTERTAINING. PRIVATE PARKS, BIKING TRAILS. Breathtaking ambience with Tropical Palms leading into an alluring two-story grand entrance with picturesque living room overlooking a tranquil Pond and Lake. Enjoy a spacious peaceful retreat in a freshly painted interior/exterior Paradise Resort. Extravagant Elegance with an abundance of upgrades throughout the spacious open floor plan with designer custom accent wall paint throughout. Open-entry formal dining room, Gourmet Kitchen with huge island, granite countertops, upgraded cabinets with all lower pull-out shelves, exquisite Stone family room fireplace nestled in wall-length niches with serene Lakeview. Large oversized diamond-cut

Listed with Crossroads Brokerage


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$420,000 :: 19961 N 78TH Lane, Glendale AZ, 85308

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,272 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,018 sq ft
Added: 11/01/18, Last Updated: 11/02/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5841560
Community: CONTINENTAL AT ARROWHEAD RANCH
Tract: CONTINENTAL AT ARROWHEAD RANCH
Status: Active


Welcome to this stunning Arrowhead Ranch home! Highly desirable split floor plan. Situated on a nice cul-de-sac lot. Great curb appeal with easy care landscape in front. Walk in the front door to amazing views of the lake from the living and dining area. The seller has done a nice remodel . Wood plank tile flows through out the living area. Beautiful new kitchen with white shaker cabinets, stainless appliances , and quartz counter tops. The kitchen is open to the large family room with a beautiful stone gas fireplace . Down the hall are 3 good sized bedrooms with a large hall bathroom. On to the other side of the home were you will find the large master bedroom and bathroom. Master has its own exit to patio and the views of the fountain and lake are awesome. The master bathroom is

Listed with A.Z. & Associates Real Estate Group


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$445,000 :: 25642 S CEDARCREST Drive, Sun Lakes AZ, 85248

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,668 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 11/01/18, Last Updated: 11/01/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5841122
Community: SUN LAKES 16 LOT 1-209 TR A-D
Tract: SUN LAKES 16 LOT 1-209 TR A-D
Status: Active


Wonderful Sun Lakes home that oversees the lake and tennis courts. This 2 spacious bedrooms + Den 2.5 bath in pristine condition. With beautiful mirror accents, upgraded tile and bright carpets as well as natural light, this home offers plantation shutters, stainless steel appliances and a gorgeous yard, perfect for entertaining and gardening. Offering oversized bedrooms and upgraded walk-in closet in master. His and hers vanity in master bath. Many incentives included, this home is move in ready. Beautiful Front desert landscaping and the magnificent lake view and garden retreat. With a 2.5-car garage This homes offers tons of upgrades and special features including a full home entertainment system built for entertaining and gathering. It is a must see that will not last long.

Listed with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties


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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.

 

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