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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$599,000 :: 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: 05/23/18
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 5/23/2018 by 3%
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


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$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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$775,000 :: 7642 E VIA DE LINDO --, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,599 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 06/09/18, Last Updated: 06/19/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5778378
Community: PALO VIENTO 1
Tract: PALO VIENTO 1
Status: Active


You are going to love this ''Quadruple-Threat'' property, in the highly-sought-after Palo Viento neighborhood in McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale! What is a ''Quadruple-Threat''? How about 1) Waterfront Property 2) Golf Course Property 3) McDowell Mountain Views and 4) Single Level Home? This home is a rare commodity! Not to mention its location in the heart of Scottsdale. Spend your winters in this 2,599 SF, 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom home with vaulted ceilings, and large windows overlooking the neighborhood lake, and McCormick Ranch Golf Club. Enjoy Arizona on the beautiful brick patio, the lakeside seating area / dock, or the rooftop viewing deck. But, hurry and check out this home, as people are ready to pounce on anything that becomes available in these waterfront homes!

Listed with Keller Williams Arizona Realty


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$1,250,000 :: 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: 06/13/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5779687
Community: Palo Viento
Tract: Palo Viento
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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$811,000 :: 7617 E VIA DEL REPOSO --, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,267 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 04/18/18, Last Updated: 06/11/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5753665
Community: PALO VIENTO 1
Tract: PALO VIENTO 1
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/24/2018 by 3%
Status: Active


WATERFRONT in McCormick Ranch~Two Steps inside the front door and you are drawn to the lake right off your patio. The BEST Lot on the lake with panoramic views of the lake, mountains and golf course. Sit on your master bedroom balcony or lay out by your private swimming pool and soak it all in ~simply breathtaking. Open, bright, clean and well maintained. A low maintenance beauty with 2-Trane HVAC units installed 12/29/16 -14 seer and a newer roof. A smart purchase in peaceful and friendly neighborhood!! All you need is a pontoon boat and you will be cruising the lake. (plans for an addition convey with the home.) (if you desire an additional downstairs master bedroom space will permit it. Close by: golf courses, resorts, bike paths, pedestrian paths, parks and popular retail/dining.

Listed with Realty ONE Group


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$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


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$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


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!