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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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,350 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 09/12/20, Last Updated: 09/24/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6128611
Community: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 18 LOT 1-134 TR A-E
Tract: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 18 LOT 1-134 TR A-E
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/24/2020 by 0%
Status: Active




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$550,000 :: 3437 E WILDWOOD Drive, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,801 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 07/30/20, Last Updated: 08/11/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6110526
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 8/11/2020 by 6%
Status: Active


AHWATUKEE LAKEFRONT PROPERTY - very rare single-level on the Lake! Walk through the front gate to a perfect-sized Courtyard! 3 Bedrooms/2 Baths, 2-car Garage at 1,801 square feet in Lakewood. This darling well-cared-for ''entertainer's home'' offers AMAZING VIEWS of the Lake from the Front Door, Family and Dining rooms, Kitchen plus Master Suite! Beautiful French Doors in Family Room & Master Bedroom bring in lots of natural light plus offer backyard access to lakefront and private dock. Vaulted Ceilings, classy Shutters, spacious Bedrooms & Bathrooms! Energy-efficient Gas furnace, water heater & Gas stub to Stove/Dryer/BBQ. Private Lakewood subdivision greenbelts for walking, jogging, biking around neighborhood and lake! Perfect location to shopping, dining, 202 & I-10, Sky Harbor...

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$780,000 :: 15856 S 38th Street, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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4 beds, 2.75 baths
Home size: 3,307 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 05/01/20, Last Updated: 07/25/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6072741
Community: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 2 & 27 LOT 1-70 TR A-F
Tract: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 2 & 27 LOT 1-70 TR A-F
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/25/2020 by 2%
Status: Active


Stunning lakefront home in the desired community of Lakewood. Lovely community convenient to great shopping, entertainment, restaurants/dining and freeway access for easy commuting. The backyard paradise has plenty of resort style amenities including an infinity pool w/ a gorgeous, serene backdrop of the lake & mountain views. Immaculate front yard w/ a courtyard containing lush foliage pleasing to the eyes. Upon entering you are greeted by the living room w/ ample room for seating and a dining area w/ plenty of room for gatherings of family & friends. This home boasts a well appointed kitchen w/ ample cabinetry, granite counters, a center island, a pantry, updated appliances & gorgeous views of the exterior back yard & lake. The downstairs also boasts a family room w/ a fireplace,

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$2,350,000 :: 8188 E DEL BARQUERO Drive, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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4 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 6,256 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,940 sq ft
Added: 09/28/20, Last Updated: 09/28/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6136506
Community: VISTA DEL LAGO
Tract: VISTA DEL LAGO
Status: Active


Designed by award-winning Architect Mark Candelaria, inspired by his travels through Italy, this Mediterranean style home features expanding mountain and lake views from multiple rooms. The luxurious master suite includes a steam shower and boutique-style closet while the en suite guest bedrooms incorporate generous walk-in closets. The gourmet kitchen comes equipped with top of the line appliances and showcases exquisite custom cabinetry enclosing ample storage space. The lower level is an entertainer's dream with a walk-in wine cellar, a considerable media/game space, and large pocket doors that create indoor/outdoor living displaying waterfront views from Lake Margarite with private dock access.

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$2,279,500 :: 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: 08/01/20
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 8/1/2020 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.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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$2,620,000 :: 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: 03/17/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5995098
Community: PALO VIENTO 1
Tract: PALO VIENTO 1
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/17/2020 by 3%
Status: Active


Voted Best Home on Scottsdale/Paradise Valley Luxury Home Tour! This stunning waterfront masterpiece is 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 breathtaking water and mountain views.

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