The Monsoon Season in Phoenix

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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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,801 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 07/30/20, Last Updated: 08/11/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6110526
Community: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 12 LOT 1-132 TR A-D
Tract: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 12 LOT 1-132 TR A-D
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/11/2020 by 6%
Status: Active


AHWATUKEE LAKEFRONT PROPERTY - very rare single-level on the Lake! Walk through the front gate to a perfect-sized Courtyard! 3 Bedrooms/2 Baths, 2-car Garage at 1,801 square feet in Lakewood. This darling well-cared-for ''entertainer's home'' offers AMAZING VIEWS of the Lake from the Front Door, Family and Dining rooms, Kitchen plus Master Suite! Beautiful French Doors in Family Room & Master Bedroom bring in lots of natural light plus offer backyard access to lakefront and private dock. Vaulted Ceilings, classy Shutters, spacious Bedrooms & Bathrooms! Energy-efficient Gas furnace, water heater & Gas stub to Stove/Dryer/BBQ. Private Lakewood subdivision greenbelts for walking, jogging, biking around neighborhood and lake! Perfect location to shopping, dining, 202 & I-10, Sky Harbor...

Listed with Home Base Realty


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$780,000 :: 15856 S 38th Street, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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4 beds, 2.75 baths
Home size: 3,307 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 05/01/20, Last Updated: 07/25/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6072741
Community: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 2 & 27 LOT 1-70 TR A-F
Tract: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 2 & 27 LOT 1-70 TR A-F
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/25/2020 by 2%
Status: Active


Stunning lakefront home in the desired community of Lakewood. Lovely community convenient to great shopping, entertainment, restaurants/dining and freeway access for easy commuting. The backyard paradise has plenty of resort style amenities including an infinity pool w/ a gorgeous, serene backdrop of the lake & mountain views. Immaculate front yard w/ a courtyard containing lush foliage pleasing to the eyes. Upon entering you are greeted by the living room w/ ample room for seating and a dining area w/ plenty of room for gatherings of family & friends. This home boasts a well appointed kitchen w/ ample cabinetry, granite counters, a center island, a pantry, updated appliances & gorgeous views of the exterior back yard & lake. The downstairs also boasts a family room w/ a fireplace,

Listed with HUNT Real Estate ERA


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$649,900 :: 8270 N HAYDEN Road #2012, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,645 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,743 sq ft
Added: 01/11/21, Last Updated: 01/17/21
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6179834
Community: PALM COVE
Tract: PALM COVE
The price of this listing was last increased on 1/17/2021 by 5%
Status: Active


Are you ready to find peace and luxury? Welcome to palm cove on the lake front! Enjoy sunsets from your lakefront balcony. Gated Arizona Resort style living at it's best!!Lake front units do not come on market very often. Owners have lovingly cared for this home & it shows! Lenox AC unit with blue light air purification system. Kitchen w/ stainless open to dining/great room w/ views along the entire back of lake! Light & bright! Great privacy. Unit has nice sized bedrooms and a large den/office/third bedroom! Enter on street level and go upstairs to living space which is all on one level! Single car epoxy garage out front. Steps to community pool & spa, Camelback walk & bike path. Walk to Grassroots, Zipps, Twisted Grove, Crust, & Butters just outside the gates.

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$1,049,000 :: 7825 E San Carlos Road, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,382 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,406 sq ft
Added: 12/16/20, Last Updated: 12/16/20
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6169625
Community: Sandpiper
Tract: Sandpiper
Status: Active


Scottsdale Patio Home with MILLION DOLLAR VIEWS! Corner end unit overlooking Rancho Lake ~ Acres of lush green grass, fairways &meandering Lake views!!! 2017 TOTALLY renovated interior in a tasteful soft contemporary style. Ironwood Plan: Spacious 3 Master Suites all are split for privacy & have separate entries & openonto courtyard or large covered patio. All Masters have full baths & walk-in closets. Kitchen boasts eat-at-kitchen bar, stainless appliances, natural gas stub for a gas cooktop; 10' ceiling & the 180 degree views of Lake & Golf vistas & the McDowell Mountains for both sunrises & sunsets! Walls of glass sliders have been replaced for energy efficiency and allow the outside in & inside out; 10' ceiling adds expansive allure & spaciousness for experiencing the views!.

Listed with HomeSmart


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$1,750,000 :: 8357 E DEL CAMINO Drive #134, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 4,734 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 12/09/20, Last Updated: 12/09/20
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6161691
Community: LAS PALOMAS
Tract: LAS PALOMAS
Status: Active


Show stopping Lake and Mountain Views in exclusive guard gated community! Enter home through the dreamy courtyard with custom pergola, outdoor kitchen, BBQ and Smoker, and dining area. Open living space with lots of glass to take in the incredible VIEWS! Affinity Designed Luxury Wolfe/SubZero Kitchen. All new, top of the line Professional 36'' SubZero Refrigerator/Freezer, custom counter tops, Wolfe Gas Cooktop, Oven and Steam Oven, microwave and Warming Drawer. Butler's pantry with Samsung Refrigerator, Bosche dishwasher, Whirlpool washer/dryer. Plus LG washer and dryer upstairs and H2O water conditioning system! New electrical, plumbing, and Sonos sound system throughout. Master suite with romantic balcony to enjoy the lake views and AZ sunsets.Master bathroom with Caesar Stone counters,

Listed with Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty


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