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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$285,000 :: 4528 E SHOMI Street, Phoenix AZ, 85044

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,645 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 08/10/18, Last Updated: 08/10/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5805319
Community: Ahwatukee RTV 2
Tract: Ahwatukee RTV 2
Status: Active


Great home in the heart of Ahwatukee ADULT community. Pride of ownership shows throughout. Kitchen has tons of storage with granite counter tops and neutral decor. Eat in kitchen with breakfast nook. Split master down with other bedrooms up. Spacious family room. Home is light bright and airy. Backyard is an entertainers paradise with pavers, dramatic lighting and faux grass.

Listed with Canam Realty Group


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$325,000 :: 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: 08/06/18, Last Updated: 08/06/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5803324
Community: Toscana Lakeside
Tract: Toscana Lakeside
Status: Active


LOVELY WATERFRONT PROPERTY WITH MOUNTAIN VIEWS IN AHWATUKEE FOOTHILLS GATED COMMUNITY TOSCANA LAKESIDE. NICELY UPDATED AND FRESHLY PAINTED THROUGHOUT. GOURMET EAT-IN KITCHEN WITH TILE FLOORING, MAPLE CABINETRY AND NEW OVEN (2018). FANTASTIC SPLIT FLOOR PLAN MASTER SUITE WITH LARGE WALK-IN CLOSET, CEILING FAN AND FULL BATHROOM. SPACIOUS SECONDARY BEDROOM AND A SEPARATE DEN FOR A HOME OFFICE. GREAT ROOM SHOWCASES BUILT-IN SPEAKERS. STUNNING PANORAMIC VIEWS FROM BOTH THE MASTER SUITE AND THE GREAT ROOM WHICH BOTH LEAD TO THE EXTENDED BALCONY. DON'T MISS THE SPARKLING COMMUNITY POOL FOR LAZY WEEKENDS!

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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$299,000 :: 16410 S 12th Street #103, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,411 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,306 sq ft
Added: 08/01/18, Last Updated: 08/02/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5801232
Community: TOSCANA LAKESIDE
Tract: TOSCANA LAKESIDE
Status: Active


STUNNING,PREMIUM LAKE FRONT PROPERTY. HIGHLY UPGRADED CONDO, in MODEL PERFECT condition. INTERIOR DESIGN UPGRADES from honed,edged Veined Granite counter tops; Staggered/crowned Alder cabinetry w/seeded glass doors; Upgraded stainless steel appliances; Plantation wood shutters; top line Berber carpeting/pad; Tuscany porcelain tile flooring; plus Upscale lighting & fixtures. LAKE VIEWS can be seen from most rooms of the home. An ELEGANT Gourmet Kitchen is complimented by CUSTOM ALCOVE SEATING (with storage)for casual dining overlooking the PRIVATE FRONT COURTYARD garden patio. Covered REAR PATIO WITH LAKE VIEW. Private direct entry from attached one car garage completes your CHARMING, Tuscan Lake Front Villa residence. A one of a kind. A Must See!

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate


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$595,000 :: 16607 S 34TH Way, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,816 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 04/13/18, Last Updated: 06/27/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5751526
Community: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 18 LOT 1-134 T
Tract: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 18 LOT 1-134 T
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/27/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Gorgeous Lakewood waterfront home! Entertainers dream!!! Completely remodeled in 2013 with a downstairs bedroom and bathroom, gourmet kitchen, 6 burner gas Dacor oven/range, granite slab island with contrasting cabinets. Recessed lighting throughout with upgraded tile in the living areas. Master suite over looks the lake with a balcony, gas fireplace, dark wood floors and a jetted tub in the master bath. Open floor plan that flows right to the back yard and lake. Built in BBQ and covered patio. Seller has plans already approved for a pool and fire pits. Home is in one of the best school districts and close to shopping and restaurants. There are countless activities in the community with the park, fishing, bike riding, and minutes from hiking the trails of South Mountain. A must see!!

Listed with North & Co


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$799,000 :: 3535 E AMBERWOOD Drive, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,542 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 06/25/18, Last Updated: 06/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5785328
Community: HARBOR ISLAND AMD LOT 1-108 TR
Tract: HARBOR ISLAND AMD LOT 1-108 TR
Status: Active


''Luxurious'' One of a Kind Semi-Custom home on the Lake in Harbor Island. Every upgrade you could imagine including a FULL Basement for Entertaining with Custom Bar and Bath. Iron Door Entrance with over $200,000 worth of remodeling. Split Master Retreat with Custom Steam Shower, Double Shower Heads, Granite Counters and New Jetted Tub. Separate Guest Bedroom with Custom Tiled Shower in Room. ''Chefs Dream''Kitchen with $10,000 WOLF GAS Stove and Microwave, Granite Counters and Backsplash, Copper Sink and HUGE Island for entertaining. Brand New Built in Sub Zero Refrigerator. New Roof in 2013, New Windows/Doors in most areas. Custom Cabinetry, Shutters and GAS Stoned Fireplace. Step out to Sparkling Pool and enjoy prestigious lifestyle on the Lake. Click on list of Upgrades

Listed with West USA Realty


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$639,900 :: 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: 04/19/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5715831
Community: LAKEWOOD ESTATES
Tract: LAKEWOOD ESTATES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/19/2018 by 2%
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

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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$1,199,000 :: 7634 E Via De Lindo --, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,050 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 06/13/18, Last Updated: 08/11/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5779687
Community: Palo Viento
Tract: Palo Viento
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/11/2018 by 0%
Status: Active


WATERFRONT & GOLF COURSE views in the highly-sought after Palo Viento neighborhood in McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale! Intimate dining room to your left looks toward great roomand out a wall of sliding glass doors to incredible views. This is indoor/outdoor living at its best. Ground floor master suite with hand scraped 7'' wide plank hardwood flooring, spa-like bath & walk-in closet. 3 bedrooms are upstairs with large picture window capturing the views. Everything is newly updated in this 3,040 SF home including AC unit & Heritage windows. Great room open to kitchen with large island, Wolf range, SubZero fridge, wine fridge, Ceasarstone counter tops, Thomasville cabinets & crushed granite sink looking onto the re-tiled pool/hot tub, water & golf course views.

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$550,000 :: 7826 E SORREL WOOD Court, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,618 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,227 sq ft
Added: 07/07/18, Last Updated: 07/24/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5790536
Community: SPANISH OAKS UNIT 2 LOT 1-60 T
Tract: SPANISH OAKS UNIT 2 LOT 1-60 T
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/24/2018 by 8%
Status: Active


Fabulous Updated 1 story patio home on Waterfront lot! Two sides of home on water - Lake view from back patio plus long creek/stream with two waterfalls on side of house. Soaring 14 ft vaulted ceilings, beautiful grey-ish wood plank porcelain tile thru-out entire home. Lots of nice stone finishes too. Golf Course/Lake community with bike/walking trails in gated community w/guard on McCormick Ranch. Two big patios for outdoor living- One on lake/creek and another private courtyard w/BRAND NEW SPA and all travertine tile. Large extended kitchen is big enough for large dining table or could be a den area with desk etc. THIS IS NOT A 3 BDRM! 2/2 with large kit with space for den. Newer stainless Frig & washer & dryer included. Gorgeous community w/community pool and spa nearby.

Listed with RE/MAX Excalibur


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$850,000 :: 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: 07/10/18, Last Updated: 07/11/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5791632
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/2pools, 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, bright kitchen w/SS appliances. Master suite w/lake views. Middle bedroom used as office w/lots of book shelves & storage. Guest bedroom w/Murphy Bed front of home. Gated front courtyard. Relax on back covered patio w/coffee or take lake walks! Truly incredible property & only 10 min to downtown Scottsdale. 2 newer AC's 2011 & 2015. SS kitchen app 2015 & 2012. Roof new 2011. 3 security cameras.

Listed with Realty Executives


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$1,425,000 :: 8638 N 84TH Street, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,737 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 06/07/18, Last Updated: 06/07/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5777020
Community: LAS PALOMAS LOT 1-144 & TR
Tract: LAS PALOMAS LOT 1-144 & TR
Status: Active


Las Palomas Elegance - Finest finishes and detail to enjoy! When you enter the beautiful and welcoming courtyard get ready to experience luxury design detail found only in the finest of homes. Gorgeous views of Lake Angela and amazing sunsets can be enjoyed from this home. This timeless masterpiece features three bedrooms and three baths with a two car garage in the heart of McCormick Ranch. Las Palomas, a private guard gated community is surrounded by lakes and greenbelts with walking and biking paths, fine dining and entertainment which can be enjoyed by all ages.

Listed with Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty


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$1,025,000 :: 8170 E DEL CADENA Drive, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,420 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 05/21/18, Last Updated: 05/21/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5769391
Community: ISLAND AT MCCORMICK RANCH LOT
Tract: ISLAND AT MCCORMICK RANCH LOT
Status: Active


VERY SPECIAL HOME LOCATED ON THE LAKE IN THE ISLANDS AT MCCORMICK RANCH. SO MUCH CHARM TO THIS BRICK HOUSE AND WONDERFUL FLOORPAN. GREAT VIEWS FROM THE MOMENT YOU ENTER OVERLOOKING THE PRIVATE POOL WITH WATERFALL ALL LOOKING OUT ONTO THE LAKE. LARGE DINING ROOM WITH WINDOWS SURROUND, OPEN KITCHEN TO THE FAMILY ROOM, FRENCH DOORS, HARDWOOD FLOORS AND ALL 3 BEDROOMS OVERSIZED WITH GREAT CLOSETS. YOU CAN'T BEAT THE LOCATION WITH WALKING TRAILS, CLOSE TO 101, GOLF COURSE, WONDERFUL RESTAURANTS AND MUCH MORE. DON'T MISS THIS ONE!!!

Listed with Launch Real Estate


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