Arizona Summer Thunderstorm Season is know as Monsoon

The beginning of July, the monsoon made its entrance. The monsoon brings with it high winds, dust and down pours which can result in flash flooding. 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 season begins when there are 3 consecutive days of an average dewpoint of 55 degrees or higher.  On average this occurred on July 7th.  Was this too hard to keep track of?  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 of this season when the weather can get really intense. During July-August-September the average rainfall is 2.65 inches. Click to learn more.

What causes the monsoon?

The term “monsoon” comes from the Arabic “mausim” which means “season” or “wind shift.”  The word monsoon applies to a season not a specific storm.   Arizona winds usually flow in from the west or northwest, from California and Nevada.  As summer approaches, the winds shift to a southern or southeastern direction. Moisture comes from the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico producing the monsoon storms that bring intense and localized rain.

The monsoon produces some of the most extreme and severe weather than any other time of the year.   Storms may produce a microburst, high winds, dust and intense downpours which cause dangerous flash floods. This intense weather condition provides a stark contrast to typical sun laden Phoenix day we typical experience.

Stupid Motorist LawYes, even though we live in a desert flooding does occur. But because it is not really common, some drivers don’t know how to act when streets are flooded. Hence, the Stupid Motorist Law, or ARS 28:910 which says if a driver attempts to cross a barricaded and flooded street and they get stuck, they can be fined. This is intended to help absorb the cost of first responders that must react to drivers who act stupidly.

The monsoon season brings a welcome change and produces dramatic and awesome weather patterns. If you think you can handle this and want to received waterfront homes emailed to you as they come on the market, click on send me homes for sale automatically. Be sure and describe in detail what you’re looking for.

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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


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$519,000 :: 16408 S 35TH Street, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,372 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 08/11/17, Last Updated: 08/12/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5645708
Community: RICHMOND SHORES LOT 1-105 TR A
Tract: RICHMOND SHORES LOT 1-105 TR A
Status: Active


SINGLE LEVEL ON UNBELIEVABLE LAKEFRONT LOT WITH GREAT VIEWS OF THE LAKE! SPLIT FLOORPLAN! 2-WAY FIREPLACE WITH CONVERSATION PIT, VAULTED CEILINGS, SKYLIGHT, CEILING FANS, AND SUNSCREENS.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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$335,000 :: 4452 E ARAPAHOE Street, Phoenix AZ, 85044

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,005 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 07/23/17, Last Updated: 08/03/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5637128
Community: AHWATUKEE FS 2 REPLAT
Tract: AHWATUKEE FS 2 REPLAT
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/23/2017 by 4%
Status: Active


Spacious home with Golf Course, Lake and South Mountain Views. Lends itself to tranquil resort style living. This Home is adorned with 3 bedrooms 2 baths, and tasteful rustic charms. Including customized floors, wood shutters, one of a kind door coverings and hand made vanities. Open floor plan and panoramic views make for great entertaining inside and out. Upgraded exterior, Stucco,open kitchen and newer Pella windows and doors, attached garage, additional garage storage cabinets and lovely backyard with covered patio, fire pit and bar-b-que space. This home is walking distance to restaurants, shopping and parks. This home is move in ready!

Listed with Cactus Mountain Properties, LLC


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$209,000 :: 16013 S DESERT FOOTHILLS Parkway #1089, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,374 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,306 sq ft
Added: 06/22/17, Last Updated: 08/03/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5623598
Community: SAN SIMEON CONDOMINIUMS
Tract: SAN SIMEON CONDOMINIUMS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/22/2017 by 5%
Status: Active


Waterfront. Shows like new. Located in a quiet corner of the complex, loaded with upgrades, and used only for vacations. Must See! 3Br Ground Level, single level unit with screened-in porch, waterfront and mountain views. (2) Community POOLS. Well maintained with 1 garage and 1 covered carport. Sun-shade screens on all windows. Beautiful, well-maintained complex. The HOA has recently painted the exteriors, put on new roofs, and re-surfaced the parking lots. This beautiful area of Ahwatukee is close to anything and everything the city has to offer including shopping, hiking, biking and horseback riding trails.

Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


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$534,000 :: 3516 E ASHURST Drive, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,561 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 03/23/17, Last Updated: 07/14/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5579645
Community: RICHMOND SHORES LOT 1-105 TR A
Tract: RICHMOND SHORES LOT 1-105 TR A
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/21/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


Motivated sellers !! on this one of kind Waterfront Home with Mountain Views & Private Greenbelt/Park Access. Large downstairs with large family room with one of 2 fireplaces. Eat in breakfast nook next to kitchen with granite counter tops and all new appliances. soaring high vaulted ceilings, and wood blinds, a family room a full bath and formal dinning room with fireplace on first floor. Large master bedroom and bath with walk in shower and separate tub. see through fire place, lots of windows and.a large balcony off the master bedroom with access to breathtaking MOUNTAIN /LAKE and GREENBELT views.N/S exposure. Entertainers dream with covered patio, pool,gazebo and outdoor BBQ and path leading to your private boat dock Plus a 3 car garage

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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$599,900 :: 3602 E WOODLAND Drive, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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5 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 3,650 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 01/20/17, Last Updated: 06/30/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5549709
Community: HARBOR ISLAND AMD LOT 1-108 TR
Tract: HARBOR ISLAND AMD LOT 1-108 TR
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/26/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


This wonderful waterfront home boasts 3,650 square feet with 5 bedrooms and 2.75 bathrooms all located on an ideal corner lot. Numerous enhancements can be found throughout this home such as; soaring high vaulted ceilings, energy efficient dual pane windows with plantation shutter and wood blinds, a family room wet bar, a charming wood burning fireplace, a large balcony off the master bedroom with access to breathtaking lake views, and full guest quarters with a remodeled 3/4 bathroom. The three car garage has epoxy flooring and built in storage cabinets for your convenience. The gourmet kitchen incorporates stunning white cabinetry that beautifully compliments the nice white and black appliances and gorgeous granite style counter tops. The high end washer and dryer both convey with...

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$550,000 :: 12641 S 41ST Place, Phoenix AZ, 85044

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,114 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 06/05/17, Last Updated: 06/05/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5615631
Community: CENTER COURT AT AHWATUKEE PHAS
Tract: CENTER COURT AT AHWATUKEE PHAS
Status: Active


Great Tri-level home built by Blandford. Frame and integra block construction. Travertine tile in main living areas and carpet in the bedrooms. Ceiling fans in bedroom's, dining room, family room. Sub zero refrigerator stays with home. Property backs up to the lake(which is currently without water).Golf course is not operable(currently not cared for and developers are attempting to rezone for housing.NO SHOWINGS OR CONTRACTS UNTIL AFTER JULY 10TH, 2017.

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate


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$700,000 :: 8614 N 84th Street, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,393 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 04/02/17, Last Updated: 08/13/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5584491
Community: Las Palomas
Tract: Las Palomas
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/2/2017 by 5%
Status: Active


Wonderful lake home in beautiful community of Las Palomas. Community has tennis & sport court, BBQ party park & fire pit on the lake, 2 pools & several nice ponds, dog park & activities. Home has really great view looking up the lake, seen from several rooms and large covered patio. From large front courtyard find entry door to foyer and living room with high vaulted wood & beamed ceiling w/beautiful fireplace. Formal DR w/lake views. Large master on back & guest bedroom split to front. 3rd bedroom on other side of home now used as office w/french doors to yard. Large kitchen & breakfast room w/french doors to yard. Pella & Anderson doors & windows. Newer AC units. Step out to patio great for dinners or just relax w/ guests. Truly an exceptional home. Only 10 min to downtown Scottsdale.

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$550,000 :: 8175 E DEL CUARZO Drive, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,935 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,920 sq ft
Added: 08/03/17, Last Updated: 08/04/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5641880
Community: HERITAGE VILLAGE 3
Tract: HERITAGE VILLAGE 3
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/3/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


Premium lake front property in Hertiage Village 3 @ McCormick Ranch. Fantastic water & mountain views. This is a diamond in the rough with tons of potential.

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$1,359,900 :: 8234 E DEL CADENA Drive, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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4 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 4,284 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,454 sq ft
Added: 07/17/17, Last Updated: 07/17/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5634320
Community: ISLAND AT MCCORMICK RANCH
Tract: ISLAND AT MCCORMICK RANCH
Status: Active


Exquisite waterfront home on one of the most picturesque lots on Lake Marguerite in McCormick Ranch. Gleaming marble floors,grande domed ceiling, enormous great room, fabulous woodwork throughout, Master suite fit for royalty and an impressive library are only some of the incredible features that this home offers. Rare 3 car garage is seldom seen on lakefront lots.Lock and leave made easy with roller shields throughout. 4x6 construction and abundant insulation for those who appreciate true quality.Enjoy walking paths, biking trails, lake fishing and boat rides. Within walking distance to all kinds of restaurants, coffee shops and salons. One of the most sought after neighborhoods in the Scottsdale area.

Listed with The Peggy Rauch Group


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$1,100,000 :: 7654 E VIA DE LINDO --, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,880 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 07/28/15, Last Updated: 06/03/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5313189
Community: PALO VIENTO 1
Tract: PALO VIENTO 1
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/3/2017 by 4%
Status: Active


Breathtaking view! Beautiful 3-bedroom, 3-bath + den home on Lake Palo Viento overlooking the 12th fairway of McCormick Ranch Golf Course. Go fishing or paddleboating right outside your backyard fence. Truly one of the best golf course/waterfront lots. Features include travertine floors, a 2-way fireplace in the living/family room, and 2 master suites - one upstairs and one downstairs. Kitchen offers stainless-steel appliances and gorgeous views. A private courtyard entry greets your guests. The backyard features a private pool and a large covered patio. Live in desirable McCormick Ranch near restaurants, shopping, dining and more!!

Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


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