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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$659,000 :: 3353 E AMBERWOOD Drive, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 2,820 sq ft
Lot Size: 15,681 sq ft
Added: 09/14/17, Last Updated: 09/14/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5660309
Community: ESTATES AT MONTEGO BAY
Tract: ESTATES AT MONTEGO BAY
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

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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$410,000 :: 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: 09/14/17
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 8/30/2017 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!

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$227,000 :: 16410 S 12TH Street #104, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,348 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,306 sq ft
Added: 09/11/17, Last Updated: 09/11/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5658614
Community: TOSCANA LAKESIDE CONDOMINIUMS
Tract: TOSCANA LAKESIDE CONDOMINIUMS
Status: Active


Beautiful luxuriously upgraded ground floor lakefront condo with mountain views! Split and open floor plan with an attached 1 car garage. Kitchenfeatures granite slab counters, rich maple cabinets, modern fixtures and upgraded stainless steel appliances. Plush carpeting & paint. Neutral tile flooring.Community heated pool/spa. Great location close to shopping, dining, and schools with easy access to the I-10 & 202 freeways. All of this within a gated communityin the heart of the Ahwatukee Foothills.

Listed with Infinity Wealth Real Estate


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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: 09/07/17
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.

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$399,900 :: 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: 06/05/17, Last Updated: 09/01/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5615631
Community: CENTER COURT AT AHWATUKEE PHAS
Tract: CENTER COURT AT AHWATUKEE PHAS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/31/2017 by 11%
Status: Active


Great Tri-level home built by Blandford. Frame and integra block construction. Travertine tile in main living areas and carpet in the bedrooms. Ceiling fans in bedroom's, dining room, family room. Sub zero refrigerator stays with home. Property backs up to the lake(which is currently without water).Golf course is not operable(currently not cared for and developers are attempting to rezone for housing..........This home was unable to be shown until Sept. 1st due to tenant problems,which is the reason for the days on the market being what they are.Home shows very well, clean and ready to move into.VACANT AND ON ARMLS LOCKBOX

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$519,000 :: 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: 08/12/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5645708
Community: RICHMOND SHORES LOT 1-105 TR A
Tract: RICHMOND SHORES LOT 1-105 TR A
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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$639,000 :: 7136 N 78TH Street, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,038 sq ft
Lot Size: 14,374 sq ft
Added: 09/16/17, Last Updated: 09/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5661421
Community: VILLA LA PLAYA
Tract: VILLA LA PLAYA
Status: Active


MILLION DOLLAR VIEWS in a central Scottsdale location! Yes, you see golf course, lake and Camelback Mountain from this unique setting in La Playa subdivision. Minutes to shopping, restaurants, walking, biking and golf in McCormick Ranch. Home has been lovingly cared for and kitchen updated with granite counter tops, shaker style cabinetry and premium appliances. 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths in a cul-de-sac location with above ground spa, electric shades and block construction. You will never tire of these incredible views!

Listed with Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty


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$550,000 :: 8175 E DEL CUARZO Drive, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,935 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,920 sq ft
Added: 08/03/17, Last Updated: 08/04/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5641880
Community: HERITAGE VILLAGE 3
Tract: HERITAGE VILLAGE 3
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/3/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


Premium lake front property in Hertiage Village 3 @ McCormick Ranch. Fantastic water & mountain views. This is a diamond in the rough with tons of potential.

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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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: 07/17/17
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: 06/03/17
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!!

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