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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$265,000 :: 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: 12/05/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5854072
Community: TOSCANA LAKESIDE CONDOMINIUMS
Tract: TOSCANA LAKESIDE CONDOMINIUMS
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


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


$315,000 :: 16058 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: 11/15/18, Last Updated: 11/15/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5847226
Community: MIRALAGO AT THE FOOTHILLS LOT
Tract: MIRALAGO AT THE FOOTHILLS LOT
Status: Active


Great home on water in the gated community of Miralago in the Foothills. This home boasts water right off your back patio with amazing views! Enter through gated courtyard. High ceilings and perfect floorplan combined with neutral palette and generously sized rooms are only a few of the features you will love about this home! Large windows offer up ample natural lighting and views! A fireplace for those cool evenings and dining options are great for entertaining! The master suite has access to patio overlooking the water and provides that tranquil state of mind! There is a second master upstairs with a loft, which would make a perfect second living area or home office. Enjoy your evening meals or morning coffee while looking out on your view of the water! See this home today.

Listed with Realty Executives


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


$277,500 :: 16410 S 12th Street #103, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,411 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,306 sq ft
Added: 08/01/18, Last Updated: 11/14/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5801232
Community: TOSCANA LAKESIDE
Tract: TOSCANA LAKESIDE
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/14/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


PRICE REDUCED.. This stunning lake front, upgraded condo is in model perfect condition. Upgrades include: honed granite kitchen counter tops, custom retractable mixer shelf in center island, staggered/crowned Alder cabinetry, Stainless steel appliances, plantation shutters, Berber carpet with upgraded pad, & Tuscan style porcelain tile,. Kitchen has alcove seating {with storage} for casual dining. Spacious formal dining and living room space. Bathrooms have tiled tub surrounds. Private front courtyard. Covered rear patio, with lake, park, & mountain views. One car garage with epoxy flooring. Included are one year old Maytag washer & dryer, & Stainless steel refrigerator. Other furniture negotiable. Gated, secured community. Pool, spa, & fitness room. Close to turn key living. Must see

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate


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$275,000 :: 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: 10/17/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5828201
Community: TOSCANA LAKESIDE CONDOMINIUMS
Tract: TOSCANA LAKESIDE CONDOMINIUMS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/17/2018 by 4%
Status: Active


Welcome to the exclusive gated Toscana Lakeside Community. Fantastic waterfront views / mountain views. Gated community in the foothills. Relax in the community pool. This unit has a balcony, relaxing sunset views in the evening. Recent painting throughout. Split 2 bedroom floor plan. Master suite with large walk in closet, ceiling fan. Separate den for home office. Great Room. 1 Cart Garage.

Listed with HomeSmart


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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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$1,150,000 :: 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: 11/10/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5779687
Community: Palo Viento
Tract: Palo Viento
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/10/2018 by 4%
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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$1,199,000 :: , Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,574 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 11/07/18, Last Updated: 11/07/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5844106
Community: HERITAGE VILLAGE 2 LOT 1-108 T
Tract: HERITAGE VILLAGE 2 LOT 1-108 T
Status: Active


This 4 bed 3 bath 2754sf Villa is the Ultimate in Scottsdale Luxury Living. Enjoy breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain and the serene lake just steps out of your back door. Bring the outdoors in with floor to ceiling doors that open into the gourmet kitchen and dining room. Invite guests over and entertain Al Fresco in this open indoor/outdoor concept floorplan. To learn more about this truly extraordinary contact us today.

Listed with Sterling Fine Properties


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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/!


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