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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$495,000 :: 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: 12/13/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5645708
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 11/9/2017 by 1%
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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$398,000 :: 3425 E WILDWOOD Drive, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,304 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,662 sq ft
Added: 10/26/17, Last Updated: 12/03/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5679690
Community: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 12 LOT 1-132 T
Tract: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 12 LOT 1-132 T
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/18/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


**Check out the HD Aerial Video** Come visit popular Lakewood for the waterfront views, 4 bed 2.5 bath 2 story waterfront home with extended covered patio and deck- now NEWLY remodeled with new carpet and tile, granite counters, new kitchen sink, & new light fixtures! So clean and well maintained, this home radiates pride of ownership you'll spend just as much time indoors with comfortable living space: formal living & dining rooms, great room, open kitchen w/ lots of counter space, large breakfast bar/island, Master Bedroom w/ walk-in closet and a swamp cooler for theswamp cooler for the 2-car garage! Other upgrades to this home includes a new roof, water heater installed 2011 and 2 new Trane A/C. Backyard has 1 Red Grapefruit Tree, 1 White Grapefruit Tree, 1 Tangerine tree, and 1 Na

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$305,000 :: 4519 E Walatowa Street, Phoenix AZ, 85044

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,366 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 10/24/17, Last Updated: 11/27/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5678542
Community: AHWATUKEE RS 7 LOT 3216-3326
Tract: AHWATUKEE RS 7 LOT 3216-3326
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/24/2017 by 5%
Status: Active


Fantastic location with GREAT VIEWS! Quiet street in retirement community with mountain views front & back. Amazing views of golf course & lake from gorgeous AZ room which brings sq.ft. to 1685! Ideal split-bedroom design with fireplace and floor to ceiling mirrors including dining room ceiling! Kitchen and baths have pull-out cabinet shelves. Dual-vanity master bath with large walk-in closet. Garage features custom built-in cabinetry, laundry sink and pull-down stair attic access. AZ room has separate AC/controls and all exterior side/rear windows and doors protected with RollerShield covers. Built-in barbecue on covered patio and newer appliances throughout. This home is perfect for entertaining friends & family. Turn-key, lock and leave. List price includes furniture shown.

Listed with Century 21 Arizona Foothills


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$380,000 :: 12641 S 41ST Place, Phoenix AZ, 85044

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,114 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 11/24/17, Last Updated: 11/24/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5691607
Community: CENTER COURT AT AHWATUKEE PHAS
Tract: CENTER COURT AT AHWATUKEE PHAS
Status: Active


Great Ahwatukee Tri-level home built by Blandford. New paint inside. Frame and integrablock construction. Travertine tile in main living areas and carpet in the bedrooms. Ceiling fansin bedroom's, dining room, family room. Sub zero refrigerator stays with home. Property backs up tothe lake(which is currently without water).Golf course is not operable(currently not cared for anddevelopers are attempting to rezone for housing, shops and home farm. Home shows very well, cleanand ready to move into. VACANT AND ON ARMLS LOCKBOX Esay to show!

Listed with Revelation Real Estate


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$218,000 :: 16013 S DESERT FOOTHILLS Parkway #2076, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,357 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,306 sq ft
Added: 10/06/17, Last Updated: 11/15/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5670554
Community: SAN SIMEON CONDOMINIUMS
Tract: SAN SIMEON CONDOMINIUMS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/6/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


***This Lakeside Condo has beautiful lake views from every room.*** 1 car garage #273 included with this unit and covered parking space #262. Enjoy coffee on your patio and watch the sun rise. Peaceful walking by the lake, hiking and South Mountain trails nearby. This 3 bedroom condo is perfect for active people who want to enjoy life and not be tied to yard work all weekend. Excellent location to get all over the valley from the 202 or I10. The large living room has a fireplace and there is a formal dining area. Kitchen has solid surface countertops, new range and dishwasher and natural oak cabinets. Large Master Bed has walk in closet,2nd and 3rd bedrooms have walk ins as well.New washer and dryer included in sale.

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate


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$398,000 :: 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: 11/15/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5646408
Community: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 12 LOT 1-132 T
Tract: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 12 LOT 1-132 T
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/14/2017 by 3%
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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$1,169,500 :: 2012 E BROOKWOOD Court, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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4 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 4,836 sq ft
Lot Size: 16,552 sq ft
Added: 10/06/17, Last Updated: 11/15/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5670574
Community: PARCEL 1C AND 37 AT THE FOOTHI
Tract: PARCEL 1C AND 37 AT THE FOOTHI
Status: Active


Welcome to this fabulous single level custom estate in the hillside gated community of The Sanctuary backing onto wide green belt. This home includes 4,836sqft of livable space, front courtyard, casita suite with bathroom, 3 bedroom suites, 3.5 bathrooms, formal living and dining rooms, gourmet kitchen, family room, game room, theater room, office, exercise/nursery room, multi-room network wiring with automated controls, 3-car garage and resort style backyard with amazing mountain views! Beautiful front yard opens to private front courtyard with seating area around outdoor fireplace and separate entrance to casita bedroom suite with custom bath and direct entry from garage. Fabulous foyer leads to spacious formal living room and formal dining room with custom two-way fireplace.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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$574,500 :: 3602 E WOODLAND Drive, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,650 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 09/07/17, Last Updated: 11/15/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5657221
Community: HARBOR ISLAND AMD LOT 1-108 TR
Tract: HARBOR ISLAND AMD LOT 1-108 TR
Status: Active


ENJOY THE SERENITY OF WATERFRONT LIVING IN AHWATUKEE FROM THIS GORGEOUS HOME. GRAND ENTRY WITH VAULTED CEILINGS, ARTISTIC CUSTOM OAK STAIRCASE AND COLUMNS. SPACIOUS EAT-IN KITCHEN FEATURES REFINISHED WHITE CABINETRY WITH CUSTOM RUBBED BRONZE HARDWARE, ISLAND AND SUB-ZERO REFRIGERATOR. OPEN FLOOR PLAN WITH FIREPLACE IN LIVING ROOM, LARGE FORMAL DINING ROOM AND WET BAR IN FAMILY ROOM. UPGRADES INCLUDE 17" TILE, PLANTATION SHUTTERS, CEILING FANS, CABINETRY IN LOFT AND REMODELED THIRD BATH. UPSTAIRS MASTER SUITE BOASTS FRENCH DOORS TO VIEW BALCONY, UPDATED BATHROOM PLUS LARGE WALK-IN CLOSET. LARGE SECONDARY BEDROOMS. 2015 EXTERIOR PAINT. 2014 ROOF / BALCONY. HVAC COMPRESSORS IN 2014 AND 2017. RESORT-STYLE BACKYARD WITH POOL, BBQ, LUSH LANDSCAPING, CUSTOM DOCK FENCE AND BOAT THAT CONVEYS.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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$715,000 :: 3625 E BROOKWOOD Court, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,263 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 10/15/17, Last Updated: 11/15/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5674605
Community: HARBOR ISLAND AMD LOT 1-108 TR
Tract: HARBOR ISLAND AMD LOT 1-108 TR
Status: Active


Elegance and Grandeur welcomes you to this Luxurious ''Waterfront'' Single Level home in Harbor Island. This home is the epitome of luxury with a Tuscan feel. Featuring Over $100,00 in Gourmet Kitchen with Medallion Maple Valencia Cabinets with Pull Outs, Custom Hood, Large Island, Upgraded Granite, Wine and Stainless Refrigerator. Split Master Bedroom Floor Plan with Sitting Room. Custom Knotty Alder Entertainment Center in Family Room with Gas Fireplace. Rare BASEMENT property for Game Room or 4th Bedroom with Built in Cabinets. Step outside to Resort Oasis and enjoy tranquil Lake setting with Negative Edge Pebble Tech Pool, Gas Heated Spa, Custom Gas BBQ, Boat Dock and Spectacular Sunrise and Sunset Views! Tankless Water Heater, New Windows, Custom Paint. RARE FIND on WATERFRONT!

Listed with West USA Realty


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$329,000 :: 16410 S 12TH Street #110, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,348 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,306 sq ft
Added: 11/01/17, Last Updated: 11/01/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5681761
Community: TOSCANA LAKESIDE CONDOMINIUMS
Tract: TOSCANA LAKESIDE CONDOMINIUMS
Status: Active


Breathtaking model-perfect home on a ONE-Of-A-KIND PREMIUIM WATERFRONT PROPERTY, located in the resort-style gated community of Toscana Lakeside in the Ahwatukee Foothills. ORIGINAL OWNER spent OVER $60,000 in recent remodeling, including new porcelain tile flooring, professional interior paint, Copper Canyon granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, new plumbing and lighting fixtures, a new HVAC system and more. Meticulously designed courtyard with glazed stamped concrete welcomes and a VERY PRIVATE LAKEFRONT PATIO in the back with flowering desert landscape leads up to the water's edge. The fully-stocked lake embraces stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Enjoy fishing, boating and BBQ from your own back yard. Better yet, the ONLY unit with TWO GARAGE SPACES! Enjoy the

Listed with Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty


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$869,000 :: 7609 E VIA DEL REPOSO Street, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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4 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 3,004 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 11/11/17, Last Updated: 11/15/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5686783
Community: PALO VIENTO 1
Tract: PALO VIENTO 1
Status: Active


Four bed four bath house with superb Lake Views. Great Room with 10ft ceilings in part, and large 8ft x 4ft windows to take advante of the south facing open water views. Two sitting areas, one with Gas Log fire for winter comfort, the other window location for lake views. High quality Kitchen, with Granite Counters, Walk in Pantry, six burner Gas Cooktop, and Bosch Wall Oven, with additional warming oven. 24'' Travertine flooring in main areas. Open water Lake views from living area and two bedrooms. Remodeled Pool, with pebbletech finish, feature fountains and Stone Tile surround.

Listed with HomeSmart


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

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4 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 4,284 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,454 sq ft
Added: 07/17/17, Last Updated: 11/15/17
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, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,880 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 07/28/15, Last Updated: 11/15/17
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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