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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$594,000 :: 3410 E WILDWOOD Drive, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,417 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 10/11/19, Last Updated: 11/17/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5989206
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 11/17/2019 by 0%
Status: Conditional


WOW!! COME SEE THE BEST WATERFRONT VIEWS IN LAKEWOOD! THIS HOME IS A 10! 4 BEDROOM, 2.5 BATHS, WITH DREAM BACKYARD, PEBBLE TECH POOL AND SPA, SITTING ON A HUGE NORTH-SOUTH FACING CUL-DE-SAC LOT THAT IS BEST ON THE LAKE. NOT ONLY ON THE WATER WITH BOAT DOCK BUT GREAT SOUTH MOUNTAIN VIEWS AS WELL!, PLANTATION SHUTTERS, SLATE TILE FIREPLACE, NEW FLOORING. ALSO UPDATED FIXTURES AND HARDWARE. LARGE MASTER BEDROOM WITH BALCONY OVER LOOKING LAKE AND SOUTH MOUNTAIN.CUSTOM PAINT,GARAGE CABINETS,UPDATED APPLIANCES,UPDATED KITCHEN BOASTS UPGRADED APPLIANCES, GAS STOVE/OVEN WITH CONNECTION. FEATURE GRANITE COUNTER TOPS AND CUSTOM CHANDELIERS. MASTER WITH CUSTOM MARBLE SHOWER HEAD AND CUSTOM MIRRORS.

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$829,900 :: 1967 E CLUBHOUSE Drive, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,634 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,762 sq ft
Added: 08/15/19, Last Updated: 11/15/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5965446
Community: CLUBHOUSE ESTATES UNIT 1 AT THE FOOTHILLS
Tract: CLUBHOUSE ESTATES UNIT 1 AT THE FOOTHILLS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/15/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


Located in the Exclusive Custom Community of Clubhouse Estates with views of the Foothills Golf Course and Lake! Enter into the bright and open feeling of this home with lots of natural light and high vaulted ceilings. This home allows for family living and entertaining with a spacious bonus room upstairs and great outdoor living spaces. The gourmet kitchen has so much to offer! Starting with custom cabinets, granite counter tops and a large kitchen island with a veggie sink. You can double the cooking fun with double ovens! It continues with the Sub Zero refrigerator, stainless steel vent hood and pot filler this kitchen truly has it all! (Wolf Brand Appliances)

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$239,900 :: 16410 S 12TH Street #107, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,348 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,307 sq ft
Added: 10/11/19, Last Updated: 10/11/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5990660
Community: TOSCANA LAKESIDE CONDOMINIUMS
Tract: TOSCANA LAKESIDE CONDOMINIUMS
Status: Active


Gated Tuscana Lakeside waterfront living here. Your patio sits lakeside with beautiful south mountain views. New paint. Split floor plan. 1 car attached garage.

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$279,900 :: 16410 S 12TH Street #215, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,481 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,307 sq ft
Added: 04/22/19, Last Updated: 08/31/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5915093
Community: TOSCANA LAKESIDE CONDOMINIUMS
Tract: TOSCANA LAKESIDE CONDOMINIUMS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/31/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


Luxury Condominium home in the sought after gated Toscana Lakeside enclave. Year around luxury, or lock and leave luxury. Take your pick. Two bedroom, 2 bath, & a spacious 1481 square feet, plus 3 GARAGES. That's right, 3 of them. Want some more goodies? The best lake and mountain view in the complex. Relax & take in the views from your spacious deck. The perfect outdoor living extension. Don't forget the VIEW! There's more: granite counters, 42'' cabinets, beautiful appliances, dedicated office, lots of built-ins, beautiful owner's suite with access to the deck, & a large double shower. But wait... new hot water tank, water softener, R/O system, awnings, , & a storage attic with pull down stairs. SOLD FURNISHED. Walk to the community pool, restaurants, parks. See it now before it's gone

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$775,000 :: 8656 N 84TH Street, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,602 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 11/19/19, Last Updated: 11/19/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6006705
Community: LAS PALOMAS LOT 1-144 & TR A-P PRIVATE STREETS
Tract: LAS PALOMAS LOT 1-144 & TR A-P PRIVATE STREETS
Status: Active


WOW!! Excellent lake home with 3br, 2.5ba, 2602 sq ft, single level. Located in exceptional guard gated community of Las Palomas in the middle of McCormick Ranch. Light & bright home with high vaulted ceilings, formal living and dining rooms. Large kitchen with breakfast room. Huge master bedroom looking to lake. 2nd master/huge guest BR, 3rd BR could be den/office. Step out back to great patio just refurbished a year ago, with wonderful lake and sunset views, Great place for evening meals, entertaining or relaxing. Some windows replaced Oct 2019. Community tennis court just steps away. Amenities:two pools & spa, tennis & sport court, dog park, walk around lake, BBQ/fire pit party area on lake. Grassy park,game area, water falls. 10 minutes to downtown Scottsdale shopping and restaurant

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$2,600,000 :: 7644 E VIA DEL PLACITO --, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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4 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 2,763 sq ft
Lot Size: 17,860 sq ft
Added: 10/28/19, Last Updated: 10/28/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5997515
Community: PALO VIENTO 1
Tract: PALO VIENTO 1
Status: Active


VOTED BEST HOUSE ON SCOTTSDALE LUXURY TOUR! Private and secluded, this rare lakefront residence features175 feet of unobstructed lake, golf course and McDowell Mountain views--this is the best lot on the lake! This North/South facing lot is tucked in to the end of a quiet cul-de-sac while sitting on a large corner lot of the lake. Take your private pontoon boat from your dock for a relaxing sunset cruise or sit around the waterfront firepit and watch the wildlife of the bird sanctuary. This home was featured in the MAY 2018 PHOENIX HOME AND GARDEN ISSUE and described as one of the finest homes in the Valley. Close by everything, this McCormick Ranch home embraces easygoing indoor-outdoor living while incorporating water views everywhere. Large bifold window doors seamlessly transition into

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$2,376,500 :: 8351 E DEL CAMINO Drive, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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4 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 6,376 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 07/31/19, Last Updated: 10/24/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5958813
Community: LAS PALOMAS LOT 1-144 & TR A-P PRIVATE STREETS
Tract: LAS PALOMAS LOT 1-144 & TR A-P PRIVATE STREETS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/24/2019 by 3%
Status: Active


Scottsdale waterfront luxury living at its finest. This beautiful home was totally re-built in 2011 to take advantage of the double lot and lakeside views including a postcard perfect panoramic view Camelback mountain. The pool, patios and rooftop observation deck allow the homeowner to experience the tranquility of the lake and the most amazing sunset views in the valley. The home features an attached guest house with kitchen and great room with fireplace. In addition to the guest house there are 2 masters, one up and one down. The upstairs master includes an oversized seating area, fireplace and balcony with spectacular view. The oversized kitchen and bar/island are an entertainers dream with plenty of room for multiple cooks. Media and another guest suite complete the 2nd level.

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$1,999,000 :: 8211 N VIA DE LAGO --, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,117 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,762 sq ft
Added: 10/22/19, Last Updated: 10/23/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5995329
Community: PALO VIENTO 1
Tract: PALO VIENTO 1
Status: Active


You won't believe you are in Scottsdale when you enter this completely remodeled, modern Spanish waterfront property designed to take advantage of spectacular lake, golf course and mountain views. Featuring the highest quality finishes including a blend of hardwood flooring and natural stone throughout. The views are everything! Above the 1,000 sq. ft. covered patio is an upper deck that looks out over the lake, golf course and 360-degree mountain views. The lakeside back yard features a built-in gas BBQ, gas firepit and boat dock. The new open concept living includes the formal living room, dining room, kitchen and den with large gas fireplace. The expansive kitchen features completely custom classic white cabinets with a solid natural walnut island. Featuring both a peninsula with a

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$2,699,000 :: 7626 E VIA DEL PLACITO --, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 5,324 sq ft
Lot Size: 16,989 sq ft
Added: 10/22/19, Last Updated: 10/22/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5995098
Community: PALO VIENTO 1
Tract: PALO VIENTO 1
Status: Active


Stunning waterfront masterpiece located in the prestigious Palo Viento community of McCormick Ranch. This magnificent custom home offers breathtaking views, luxurious finishes throughout and an abundance of space for entertaining. The beautifully landscaped front yard welcomes you into the grand interior and bright open floorplan. Professional kitchen (featured in Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine) offers two oversized islands, custom cabinets, 6 burner Wolf Range, double ovens, Shaw farmhouse sink, 2 walk in pantries and a breakfast room with exquisite panoramic lake views. Stunning great room offers several entertaining areas, wet bar, grand fireplace and endless breathtaking views. Incredible master retreat includes a fireplace, sitting area, private exit, stunning marble bath, free

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$1,200,000 :: 8638 N 84TH Street, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,731 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 10/01/19, Last Updated: 10/01/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5985413
Community: LAS PALOMAS
Tract: LAS PALOMAS
Status: Active


Breathtaking waterfront home in exclusive Las Palomas. Magnificent arched entryway encircled by windows showcases a striking curved iron stairway and chandelier. Elegant living room boasts an enlarged stone fireplace, wood beams, and a wall of windows overlooking Lake Angela. Designer kitchen features granite and Cararra marble countertops with a new, Sub-Zero refrigerator with matching cabinet panels. Asko dishwasher, 36'' 5-burner cooktop, built-in microwave, and built-in Vent-A-Hood complete this dream kitchen. Fabulous bar is highlighted by lighted glass cabinets, Scotsman ice maker, and wine cooler. Dining room displays a dramatic paver stone ceiling inset and window overlooking the picturesque courtyard garden. Scenic lake views and amazing sunsets greet you in the master bedroom.

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$1,249,000 :: 8419 E DEL CAMINO Drive, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,871 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 09/13/19, Last Updated: 09/13/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5978368
Community: LAS PALOMAS
Tract: LAS PALOMAS
Status: Active


Spectacular Waterfront Home with full view of Camelback Mountain!!! Located in the highly sought after Guard Gated community of Las Palomas in the heart of McCormick Ranch. $300,000 in interior and exterior upgrades including a fully renovated rear patio w/waterfall that overlooks a long open view of Lake Marguerite, Camelback Mountain, miles of green grass, walking and biking paths, parks, golf courses, and only a minute walk to many of the restaurants and shops right on the lake! This single level town home with no interior steps has 3 beds, 3 baths, built in office area, 2 car garage and is 2,871 sq ft. With a limited amount of remodeled waterfront homes available for sale in Scottsdale this is an extremely rare find hitting on all the major criteria of location, views and amenities!

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