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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$335,000 :: 1151 E FRYE Road, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,559 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 03/14/18, Last Updated: 04/22/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5736698
Community: MIRALAGO
Tract: MIRALAGO
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/22/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Imagine owning one of the largest waterfront lots in the gated community of Miralago. The mountain and water views from your extra-large patio alone are cheaper than therapy! Inside, the home you will enjoy vaulted ceilings, newer bamboo wood floors, granite countertops, gorgeous cabinetry, custom paint, updated bathrooms, lighting fixtures, newer appliances and much more. Dual master bedrooms, one of the first floor and the other on the 2nd floor, makes this floor plan ideal for any situation. Enjoy private front courtyard and gate. Walking distance to the community salt water pool, Jacuzzi, and clubhouse which is also on the water and features some of the best views in Ahwatukee.Come SAY YES TO THIS ADDRESS

Listed with Arizona Best Real Estate


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$329,500 :: 9637 S 51ST Street, Phoenix AZ, 85044

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,788 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,791 sq ft
Added: 01/26/18, Last Updated: 04/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5715148
Community: POINTE SOUTH MOUNTAIN UNIT 8
Tract: POINTE SOUTH MOUNTAIN UNIT 8
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/14/2018 by 0%
Status: Active


Move-In Ready Remodeled Home Located on the Golf Course in the Prestigious Pointe South Mountain Community. 3 Bed, 2 Bath with a 2 car garage, Vaulted Ceilings, Plantation Shutters and a Golf Course View. New Flooring and Fresh Paint Welcome you at the Door and Help Accent this Open Floor Plan. Home is Perfectly Positioned with Both a Water and Golf Course View. Come Experience it for Yourself!

Listed with Gentry Real Estate Group


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$639,900 :: 3408 E ASHURST Drive, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,218 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 01/29/18, Last Updated: 04/19/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5715831
Community: LAKEWOOD ESTATES
Tract: LAKEWOOD ESTATES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/19/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


Spectacular waterfront property nestled beautifully in the highly sought community of Lakewood Estates at Lakewood. Corner Lot! Front entry opens to foyer and formal living room with powder room. Gorgeous open kitchen with custom cabinetry, kitchen island, stainless appliances, breakfast bar and breakfast room. Huge open family room with rear patio access and stunning lake and mountain views. Fabulous downstairs master bedroom suite with patio access and views! Master bathroom with dual sinks, separate tub, walk-in shower and large walk-in closet. Upstairs opens with large open loft. Spacious guest bedrooms with guest bathrooms and panoramic mountain & lake views! Resort style backyard with covered patio, custom pebble tec play pool with waterfall feature, outdoor kitchen with built-in

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$615,000 :: 16607 S 34TH Way, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,816 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 04/13/18, Last Updated: 04/13/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5751526
Community: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 18 LOT 1-134 T
Tract: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 18 LOT 1-134 T
Status: Active


Gorgeous Lakewood waterfront home! Entertainers dream!!! Completely remodeled in 2013 with a downstairs bedroom and bathroom, gourmet kitchen, 6 burner gas Dacor oven/range, granite slab island with contrasting cabinets. Recessed lighting throughout with upgraded tile in the living areas. Master suite over looks the lake with a balcony, gas fireplace, dark wood floors and a jetted tub in the master bath. Open floor plan that flows right to the back yard and lake. Built in BBQ and covered patio. Seller has plans already approved for a pool and fire pits. Home is in one of the best school districts and close to shopping and restaurants. There are countless activities in the community with the park, fishing, bike riding, and minutes from hiking the trails of South Mountain. A must see!!

Listed with North & Co


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$824,900 :: 1910 E BROOKWOOD Court, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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5 beds, 5 baths
Home size: 4,114 sq ft
Lot Size: 17,859 sq ft
Added: 01/10/18, Last Updated: 04/07/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5706982
Community: PARCEL 1C AND 37 AT THE FOOTHI
Tract: PARCEL 1C AND 37 AT THE FOOTHI
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/7/2018 by 3%
Status: Active


SINGLE LEVEL CUSTOM SPLIT PLAN WITH OPEN SPACE LAKE BORDERING THE BACK OF THIS SPACIOUS GATED-COMMUNITY LOT. GOURMET KITCHEN BOASTS GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, CUSTOM RAISED-PANEL CABINETRY, ISLAND, BREAKFAST BAR AND WALK-IN PANTRY. DESIGNER TOUCHES THROUGHOUT INCLUDE 12' COFFERED CEILINGS, ROMAN COLUMNS, TRAVERTINE FLOORING, PLANTATION SHUTTERS, 8' SOLID CORE DOORS PLUS UPGRADED LIGHTING FIXTURES AND CEILING FANS. ELEGANT MASTER SUITE FEATURES SITTING ROOM, TWO-WAY FIREPLACE, LARGE CLOSET WITH SEPARATE CEDAR ROOM AND CUSTOM ELECTRIC PRIVACY WINDOW SHADES. THREE SECONDARY BEDROOMS WITH IN-SUITE BATHS. CONVENIENT FULL BATH LEADING INTO THE HOME FROM THE POOL AREA. EXTENDED COVERED PATIO WITH SLATE FLOORING, PEBBLE TEC POOL WITH WATERFALL AND GREAT MOUNTAIN VIEWS FROM THIS HOME IN THE SANCTUARY.

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$489,500 :: 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: 03/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5645708
Community: RICHMOND SHORES LOT 1-105 TR A
Tract: RICHMOND SHORES LOT 1-105 TR A
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/20/2018 by 1%
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.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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$1,169,500 :: 2012 E BROOKWOOD Court, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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4 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 4,836 sq ft
Lot Size: 16,552 sq ft
Added: 10/06/17, Last Updated: 11/15/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5670574
Community: PARCEL 1C AND 37 AT THE FOOTHI
Tract: PARCEL 1C AND 37 AT THE FOOTHI
Status: Active


Welcome to this fabulous single level custom estate in the hillside gated community of The Sanctuary backing onto wide green belt. This home includes 4,836sqft of livable space, front courtyard, casita suite with bathroom, 3 bedroom suites, 3.5 bathrooms, formal living and dining rooms, gourmet kitchen, family room, game room, theater room, office, exercise/nursery room, multi-room network wiring with automated controls, 3-car garage and resort style backyard with amazing mountain views! Beautiful front yard opens to private front courtyard with seating area around outdoor fireplace and separate entrance to casita bedroom suite with custom bath and direct entry from garage. Fabulous foyer leads to spacious formal living room and formal dining room with custom two-way fireplace.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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$859,000 :: 8426 N 84TH Street, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,932 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 01/26/18, Last Updated: 04/18/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5715109
Community: LAS PALOMAS LOT 1-144 & TR
Tract: LAS PALOMAS LOT 1-144 & TR
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/18/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


Beautiful waterfront property w/spectacular mountain & Lake Nino views offers a serene & tranquil environment! Located in resort-style guard gated community of Las Palomas w/2 pools, tennis & sport court, waterfall ponds, grassy park & BBQ/fire pit party area on the lake. Stunning 3br, 2.5ba home w/high vaulted wood & wood beam ceilings, formal living & dining room w/lake views. Large open, light,airy kitchen w/center island & SS appliances adjacent to family room w/fireplace & wet bar. Master suite w/lake views. Middle bedroom used as office w/lots of book shelves & storage. Guest bedroom split to front of home. Gated front courtyard w/water feature. Relax on back covered patio w/coffee or take lake walks! A truly incredible property & only 10 minutes to downtown Scottsdale.

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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: 11/15/17
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!!

Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


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