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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$584,900 :: 15623 S 16TH Street, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,557 sq ft
Lot Size: 14,810 sq ft
Added: 02/14/19, Last Updated: 02/14/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5883537
Community: CANYON SPRINGS AT THE FOOTHILLS LT 1-120 TR A-F
Tract: CANYON SPRINGS AT THE FOOTHILLS LT 1-120 TR A-F
Status: Active


Stunning former model home & OMG fabulous waterfront location is your own personal paradise! Exc curb appeal with stacked stone front. Vaulted & light family room w/ stone fr firepl, wood plank floors & French doors. Kitchen features newer lighting, stainless steel appliances & slab granite. The fourth bedroom is done as a library w/ french doors & closet space. This dream backyard has a covered patio, extended flagstone patio and gorgeous outdoor living room area with a gas fireplace, a wood burning fire pit, a lighted path down to the 5' deep pebble finished pool & sep spa. Pridefully maintained *recent'' cool deck update, boat dock out to the freshwater lake and 3 car garage with plenty of cabinets. This home is a must see!

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$315,000 :: 16026 S 11th Place, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,559 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,484 sq ft
Added: 02/04/19, Last Updated: 02/14/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5875769
Community: MIRALAGO AT THE FOOTHILLS
Tract: MIRALAGO AT THE FOOTHILLS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 2/14/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


Updated lakefront home in Ahwatukee Foothills. 2 bedrooms (plus loft), 2.5 baths. Maple cabinets, solid surface countertops, 18 inch diagonal tile, neutral warm paint colors, carpeting, and wood blinds. Two master bedrooms; downstairs has vaulted ceiling and lake view, garden tub and walk in closet. Patio with lake view and sunsets is surrounded by low maintenance desert landscaping. Quiet, gated community with pool/spa, clubhouse, and walking path along the lake. Close to shopping, schools, and parks. Pecos Road soon to be the South Mountain Freeway provides quick access to both I-10 and 101. Refrigerator, washer and dryer convey Owner is an Arizona licensed Real Estate Broker.

Listed with Capital Realty


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$645,000 :: 15640 S 17th Street, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,770 sq ft
Lot Size: 19,602 sq ft
Added: 02/13/19, Last Updated: 02/13/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5882864
Community: Canyon Springs
Tract: Canyon Springs
Status: Active


Wow! This is a delightful and stunning home and we know you're going to agree. Located on a waterfront and a cul de sac this gem has south mountain views, amazing curb appeal, and upgrades everywhere you look. Elegant tile or wood flooring through much of the home including the main walking & living areas.Your new kitchen boasts marble counter tops, island with breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, wall ovens, and tons of storage in the upgraded cabinetry with Custom Wine cellar. Vaulted ceilings. Beautiful balcony views. Neutral color paint and ceiling fans throughout. Only minutes from the I-10. This beauty won't last long on the market so you need to hurry. Thanks or taking a look.

Listed with eXp Realty


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$240,000 :: 16410 S 12TH Street #112, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,411 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,306 sq ft
Added: 12/05/18, Last Updated: 02/13/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5854072
Community: TOSCANA LAKESIDE CONDOMINIUMS
Tract: TOSCANA LAKESIDE CONDOMINIUMS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/11/2019 by 9%
Status: Active


Beautiful gated community of Toscana Lakeside. Enjoy lovely waterfront and mountain views. Community pool & recreation center available, Desert Vista High School, Elementary school is in walking distance. Single story, 2 bed, 2 bath w/ all tile floors. Upgraded cabinets and kitchen island. 1 car garage, lovely patio overlooking the lake and nestled by majestic mountains. Serene Vistas to enjoy your wonderful home. Circular entry way with gorgeous granite inlay medallion. Excellent split floor plan, ground floor unit, perfect for seasonal rental, elegant downsize or first time buyer! Super Clean, well maintained, original owner. Walking distance to YMCA, 3 Major banks, restaurants, close to supermarket, hiking, biking, golf courses South Mtn Park. Make an offer before it's too late

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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$249,900 :: 16410 S 12TH Street #210, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,389 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,306 sq ft
Added: 10/03/18, Last Updated: 02/04/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5828201
Community: TOSCANA LAKESIDE CONDOMINIUMS
Tract: TOSCANA LAKESIDE CONDOMINIUMS
Status: Active


Currently Leased - For 1 yearTenant OccupiedCash Buyers

Listed with HomeSmart


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$1,150,000 :: 7632 E VIA DEL PLACITO --, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,193 sq ft
Lot Size: 20,473 sq ft
Added: 02/13/19, Last Updated: 02/13/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5882542
Community: PALO VIENTO 1
Tract: PALO VIENTO 1
Status: Active


Single level home with expansive backyard, Camelback Mountain Views, private dock and the serene feeling of always being on vacation! A private front courtyard offers yet another outdoor living area for year round relaxation. Vaulted ceilings and floor to ceiling widows greet you with views to the resort like backyard, diving pool and the tranquil lake shared by a small enclave of homes in the Palo Viento community of McCormick Ranch. 3,193 sq ft with Three bedrooms and a private office. Mater bedroom and en-suite bath have been recently remodeled, and offer views of the lake and a private patio. Guests enjoy the separation of a split floorplan with two bedrooms and a full bath. Large kitchen/ great room with beamed ceiling, wood burning fireplace with custom copper mantel and double slid

Listed with Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty


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$478,900 :: 7625 N PINESVIEW Drive, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,892 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,049 sq ft
Added: 12/05/18, Last Updated: 02/08/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5854288
Community: SPANISH OAKS UNIT ONE LOT 1-58 & TR A-L
Tract: SPANISH OAKS UNIT ONE LOT 1-58 & TR A-L
The price of this listing was last reduced on 2/8/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


BEST VIEW IN MCCORMICK RANCH! Enjoy the beauty and serenity of being surrounded by water, grass and trees! This 3 bed 2.5 bath lock-&-leave home offers sprawling golf course & MTN views. It is perfectly situated minutes from Old Town, Kierland, and The Quarter and Sky Harbor airport. Just beyond your back patio is easy access to the Scottsdale Green Belt and multi-use path where you can bike, blade, walk for miles in either direction. The home boasts a superior open floor plan w vaulted ceilings. The back wall is virtually all windows. Gorgeous views from kitchen, dining ,family and Master bedroom. The heated community pool and spa are surrounded by lush landscaping, beautiful lakes and waterfalls. A complete retreat! The location and views MUST BE SEEN! Seller is offering $3000 credit

Listed with Hague Partners


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$1,125,000 :: 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: 02/07/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5779687
Community: Palo Viento
Tract: Palo Viento
The price of this listing was last reduced on 2/7/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


WATERFRONT, GOLF COURSE & MTN views in the highly-sought after Palo Viento neighborhood in McCormick Ranch Scottsdale! Welcome to the Intimate dining room on your left that looks towards the great room and 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 windows capturing the views. Everything is newly updated in this 3,040 SF home including AC unit & Heritage windows. The 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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$639,000 :: 7856 E VIA COSTA --, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,990 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 01/21/19, Last Updated: 01/21/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5871325
Community: HERITAGE VILLAGE 2
Tract: HERITAGE VILLAGE 2
Status: Active


Views Views and more Views. Waterfront property on McCormick Ranch Palm Golf Course! Your backyard is the 16th hole with palm trees, wildlife and 180-degree views including Camelback and McDowell Mountains! Built on a PREMIUM lot, this updated Patio Home offers a huge private patio, huge living room with high 12' ceilings and a real woodburning fireplace. The golf course and cart paths are across the lake offering you SERENITY and PRIVACY. This home is located in the booming, centrally-located McCormick Ranch area. Enjoy an easy, carefree, lock-and-go lifestyle with very low maintenance. The interior offers all wood floors, upgraded tile and high-end granite counters, plus serene designer paint, plantation shutters and all stainless steel appliances. Master and Guest Rooms have King size

Listed with Flat List RE


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$1,650,000 :: 7605 E Via Del Reposo --, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,340 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 01/07/19, Last Updated: 01/07/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5864143
Community: PALO VIENTO 1
Tract: PALO VIENTO 1
Status: Active


If you are looking for a smaller footprint without sacrificing the high-end finishes typically found only in the finest homes of Paradise Valley and Silverleaf, then this resort-style lock and leave, lakefront home is for you. From the minute you enter the private, walled courtyard, you know you have found a rare jewel. This stunning, modern Mediterranean lakefront property is located in the highly-desirable and centrally-located community of McCormick Ranch. This totally remodeled home, the product of noted designer Wendy Black Rodgers, uses large bi-fold window walls to maximize spectacular golf course and lake views. Wendy is noted for creating elegant yet comfortable homes that create the perfect atmosphere for welcoming family and friends.

Listed with Harley Hendricks Realty


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$2,700,000 :: 8351 E DEL CAMINO Drive, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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4 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 6,377 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 01/01/19, Last Updated: 01/01/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5861705
Community: Las Palomas
Tract: Las Palomas
Status: Active


Come experience this breathtaking view property on expansive sized lot overlooking Lake Marguerite in Las Palomas...nothing like it on the market absolutely phenomenal views, home was completely rebuilt with no expense spared, large courtyard entry w fountains, Gourmet kitchen opening to family room & bar overlooking the incredible views, solid wood doors, elevator, theatre with built in wine fridge and shelves, 3 master suites & attached guest casita with kitchen and separate entrance, incredible deck top view patio w fire feature & BBQ, grassy area out your back gate perfect for your pets,Las Palomas is one of McCormick Ranch's finest neighborhoods, with the walking & bike path adjacent,, great shopping with Gainey Village, Old Town & Fashion Square all near by..

Listed with Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty


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$819,000 :: 8544 N 84th Street, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,500 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 11/12/18, Last Updated: 11/12/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5845982
Community: Las Palomas
Tract: Las Palomas
Status: Active


Spectacular McCormick Ranch Waterfront Luxury Patio Home. Original snowbird owners are putting this wide lot waterfront home on the market for the very first time. Single level with 3 bedrooms + large den/family room, 3 baths (every bedroom is ensuite). Sylvan side yard & back yard. Las Palomas is guard gated, surrounded by 3 lakes providing privacy and stunning views and features 3 community pools, 2 tennis courts & a dog park (''Wolf Gang Park''). Las Palomas is one of McCormick Ranch's finest neighborhoods, with the Camelback walk & bike path adjacent, and the Chart House, Gainey Village, Old Town & Fashion Square all a short drive. Talking Stick Casino & Ballpark (Rockies & Diamondbacks spring training) are 3+/- miles away. The furniture is available at nominal cost by separate sale.

Listed with Realty Executives


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