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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$299,900 :: 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: 02/19/18
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 12/19/2017 by 2%
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. Best location in Ahwatukee!

Listed with Century 21 Arizona Foothills


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$649,000 :: 3353 E AMBERWOOD Drive, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 2,912 sq ft
Lot Size: 15,681 sq ft
Added: 12/15/17, Last Updated: 02/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5699315
Community: ESTATES AT MONTEGO BAY
Tract: ESTATES AT MONTEGO BAY
The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/16/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


THIS IS IT! ABSOLUTELY STUNNING WATERFRONT ESTATE IN THE HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER AHWATUKEE COMMUNITY OF LAKEWOOD. THIS OVERSIZED LOT OF 1/3 OF AN ACRE. EXCEPTIONAL WATER VIEWS FROM KITCHEN, FAMILY ROOM & MASTER.PHENOMENAL FLOOR PLAN FEATURES 5 BEDROOMS, 4 BATHS, 2 MASTER SUITES, LIVING ROOM,DINING ROOM, CUSTOM GOURMET KITCHEN SHOWCASES HIGH GRADE GRANITE COUNTER-TOPS, BRAND NEW CABINETRY, DOUBLE GOUREMENT FRIDGE WITH WINE COOLER AND BREAKFAST ROOM. OVERSIZED MAIN MASTER BEDROOM SUITE WILL LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS AS IT FEATURES A LARGE BALCONY, WITH 2 WALK-IN CLOSETS.AMAZING BACKYARD FEATURES GORGEOUS DIVING POOL WITH WATER FEATURE,OUTDOOR BRAZILLIAN BBQ,PUTTING GREEN, RETRACTABLE MOTORIZED AWNING, MULTIPLE DECK SEATING AREAS AND PRIVATE BOAT ACCESS. THESE DON'T COME ALONG OFTEN! PLUS THE

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$334,900 :: 9637 S 51ST Street, Phoenix AZ, 85044

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,788 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,791 sq ft
Added: 01/26/18, Last Updated: 02/16/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5715148
Community: POINTE SOUTH MOUNTAIN UNIT 8
Tract: POINTE SOUTH MOUNTAIN UNIT 8
The price of this listing was last reduced on 2/8/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Move-In Ready Remodeled Home Located on the Golf Course in the Prestigious Pointe South Mountain Community. 3 Bed, 2 Bath with a 2 car garage, Vaulted Ceilings, Plantation Shutters and a Golf Course View. New Flooring and Fresh Paint Welcome you at the Door and Help Accent this Open Floor Plan. Home is Perfectly Positioned with Both a Water and Golf Course View. Come Experience it for Yourself!

Listed with Gentry Real Estate Group


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$350,000 :: 16038 S 11TH Place, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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2 beds, 2.75 baths
Home size: 1,644 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 02/04/18, Last Updated: 02/08/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5718945
Community: MIRALAGO AT THE FOOTHILLS LOT
Tract: MIRALAGO AT THE FOOTHILLS LOT
Status: Active


HARD TO FIND, single level on the water in Miralago. 2 + Den, 3 bathrooms. Freshly painted with popular 2 tone paint and all brand new wood plank tile. Upgraded kitchen counters, spacious Split floorplan. Ceiling fans. Beautiful views of the water and small artificial grass. Open, bright with lots of natural light. 2 car garage with built in cabinets. Inside laundry. Perfect small gated community located in the Foothills. Close to city park, new 202 freeway, YMCA or shopping. Lock & Leave or executive lifestyle. Lovely home!

Listed with RE/MAX Foothills


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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: 02/06/18, Last Updated: 02/06/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5719783
Community: HARBOR ISLAND
Tract: HARBOR ISLAND
Status: Active


Enjoy stunning views from your new waterfront property! This 2.5 car BASEMENT house is just minutes from South Mountain hiking/biking trails! Home boasts a heated negative edge/infinity pebble-tec pool & spa w/ a variable speed pump & waterfall, built in gas BBQ, gas fire-pit, boat dock to launch or fish from, custom kitchen including range hood, granite island, granite counter-tops, maple cabinets, wine fridge, gas fireplace, split floor plan, master access to backyard, separate shower/tub, two walk-in closets, large laundry room w/ sink & storage, dual pane low e windows, flashpoint/on demand Hot Water & whole house water filtration. Close to dining, shopping & entertainment. Easy access to the 202, I10, US60, 101, & 143 for easy airport access. Award winning Kyrene school district!

Listed with Revelation Real Estate


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$494,500 :: 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: 01/30/18
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 12/13/2017 by 0%
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.

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$649,900 :: 3408 E ASHURST Drive, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,218 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 01/29/18, Last Updated: 01/29/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5715831
Community: LAKEWOOD ESTATES
Tract: LAKEWOOD ESTATES
Status: Active


Spectacular waterfront property nestled beautifully in the highly sought community of Lakewood Estates at Lakewood. Corner Lot! Front entry opens to foyer and formal living room with powder room. Gorgeous open kitchen with custom cabinetry, kitchen island, stainless appliances, breakfast bar and breakfast room. Huge open family room with rear patio access and stunning lake and mountain views. Fabulous downstairs master bedroom suite with patio access and views! Master bathroom with dual sinks, separate tub, walk-in shower and large walk-in closet. Upstairs opens with large open loft. Spacious guest bedrooms with guest bathrooms and panoramic mountain & lake views! Resort style backyard with covered patio, custom pebble tec play pool with waterfall feature, outdoor kitchen with built-in

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$250,000 :: 16410 S 12th Street #210, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,405 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,306 sq ft
Added: 01/28/18, Last Updated: 01/28/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5715642
Community: Toscana Lakeside
Tract: Toscana Lakeside
Status: Active


Exclusive Waterfront Property with Mountain Views in Gated Community of Ahwatukee Foothills! This 2 bedroom/2 bath condo also has a tech room, 1 Car Attached Garage AND 1 Additional Marked Parking Space which is hard to come by in this complex & right out your front door. Custom paint & archways thru-out, updated lighting, fixtures & ceiling fans in most all rooms & ceiling speakers wired for surround sound. Did I mention the Amazing Views from the Open & Bright Great Room which leads out to your Extended Balcony ideal for watching our Amazing AZ Sunsets. Heated Community Pool & Spa for year round enjoyment and access to wifi too. Immaculate grounds with on-site Work-Out Facility & grass area with gazebo & bbq grill for family & friend gatherings. Bring along your canoe, kayak & fishing

Listed with Echeverria Family Real Estate


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$875,000 :: 1910 E BROOKWOOD Court, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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5 beds, 5 baths
Home size: 4,114 sq ft
Lot Size: 17,859 sq ft
Added: 01/10/18, Last Updated: 01/10/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5706982
Community: PARCEL 1C AND 37 AT THE FOOTHI
Tract: PARCEL 1C AND 37 AT THE FOOTHI
Status: Active


SINGLE LEVEL CUSTOM SPLIT PLAN WITH OPEN SPACE LAKE BORDERING THE BACK OF THIS SPACIOUS GATED-COMMUNITY LOT. GOURMET KITCHEN BOASTS GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, CUSTOM RAISED-PANEL CABINETRY, ISLAND, BREAKFAST BAR AND WALK-IN PANTRY. DESIGNER TOUCHES THROUGHOUT INCLUDE 12' COFFERED CEILINGS, ROMAN COLUMNS, TRAVERTINE FLOORING, PLANTATION SHUTTERS, 8' SOLID CORE DOORS PLUS UPGRADED LIGHTING FIXTURES AND CEILING FANS. ELEGANT MASTER SUITE FEATURES SITTING ROOM, TWO-WAY FIREPLACE, LARGE CLOSET WITH SEPARATE CEDAR ROOM AND CUSTOM ELECTRIC PRIVACY WINDOW SHADES. THREE SECONDARY BEDROOMS WITH IN-SUITE BATHS. CONVENIENT FULL BATH LEADING INTO THE HOME FROM THE POOL AREA. EXTENDED COVERED PATIO WITH SLATE FLOORING, PEBBLE TEC POOL WITH WATERFALL AND GREAT MOUNTAIN VIEWS FROM THIS HOME IN THE SANCTUARY.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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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.

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$1,349,000 :: 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: 02/08/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5634320
Community: ISLAND AT MCCORMICK RANCH
Tract: ISLAND AT MCCORMICK RANCH
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/15/2017 by 1%
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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$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: 02/01/18
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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$1,699,750 :: 7620 E VIA DE CORTO Street, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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7 beds, 6.5 baths
Home size: 6,728 sq ft
Lot Size: 16,988 sq ft
Added: 01/31/18, Last Updated: 01/31/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5716623
Community: PALO VIENTO 1
Tract: PALO VIENTO 1
Status: Active


Incredible Lakeside Contemporary Masterpiece unlike anything else in the area! Extensive use of Imported Materials from all over the world! Dramatic, Open Floorplan with the best of everything: Professional Kitchen with Italian Cabinets and Lighting, Brand New Thermador 48'' Refrigerator, Miele coffee maker, 48'' Professional Range and dual dishwashers; Amazing Master Bath with Jets, Rain Hood, Chromotherapy Tub, Vessel Sinks; Brazillian Hand-scraped Jatoba Floors with Ebony Stain throughout, 25ft Vaulted Ceilings, Spectacular 20ft Tall Fireplace, Play loft, wet bar, wine refrigerator; BRAND NEW Entertainer's backyard features 1100 sqft Pebblesheen Pool with Covered Ramada, Fireplace, outdoor TV, Built in Grill, Firepit, Lush Landscaping with over 20 Palms, and Bocce Ball court. Call Now!

Listed with Sterling Fine Properties


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$899,000 :: 8426 N 84TH Street, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,932 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 01/26/18, Last Updated: 01/27/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5715109
Community: LAS PALOMAS LOT 1-144 & TR
Tract: LAS PALOMAS LOT 1-144 & TR
Status: Active


Beautiful waterfront property w/spectacular mountain & Lake Nino views offers a serene & tranquil environment! Located in resort-style guard gated community of Las Palomas w/2 pools, tennis & sport court, waterfall ponds, grassy park & BBQ/fire pit party area on the lake. Stunning 3br, 2.5ba home w/high vaulted wood & wood beam ceilings, formal living & dining room w/lake views. Large open, light,airy kitchen w/center island & SS appliances adjacent to family room w/fireplace & wet bar. Master suite w/lake views. Middle bedroom used as office w/lots of book shelves & storage. Guest bedroom split to front of home. Gated front courtyard w/water feature. Relax on back covered patio w/coffee or take lake walks! A truly incredible property & only 10 minutes to downtown Scottsdale.

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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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