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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$459,900 :: 9629 S 51ST Street, Phoenix AZ, 85044

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4 beds, 2.75 baths
Home size: 2,499 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,228 sq ft
Added: 04/12/19, Last Updated: 07/18/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5910804
Community: POINTE SOUTH MOUNTAIN UNIT 8
Tract: POINTE SOUTH MOUNTAIN UNIT 8
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/18/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


Beautiful and meticulously maintained home in the highly sought after Pointe South Mountain. Embrace the resort lifestyle on a prime lot with gorgeous lush landscaping nestled on a lake with golf course views. Enter into the grand great room with two story ceilings, beautiful hardwood floors and a custom tiled fireplace. Ahead enjoy the picture window in the formal dining area and feel the tension melt as you relish the stunning view. The kitchen is equipped with upgraded SS appliances, handsome cherry cabinets, granite counter tops and more picturesque windows. This elegant home offers a downstairs bedroom and bath. The relaxing Master retreat boasts more incredible views from the windows and balcony, vaulted ceilings, double sinks, private toilet room and a walk-in complete

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$289,900 :: 16410 S 12TH Street #215, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,481 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,307 sq ft
Added: 04/22/19, Last Updated: 06/27/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5915093
Community: TOSCANA LAKESIDE CONDOMINIUMS
Tract: TOSCANA LAKESIDE CONDOMINIUMS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/27/2019 by 3%
Status: Active


Luxury Condominium home in the sought after gated Toscana Lakeside enclave. Year around luxury, or lock and leave luxury. Take your pick. Two bedroom, 2 bath, & a spacious 1481 square feet, plus 3 GARAGES. That's right, 3 of them. Want some more goodies? The best lake and mountain view in the complex. Relax & take in the views from your spacious deck. The perfect outdoor living extension. Don't forget the VIEW! There's more: granite counters, 42'' cabinets, beautiful appliances, dedicated office, lots of built-ins, beautiful owner's suite with access to the deck, & a large double shower. But wait... new hot water tank, water softener, R/O system, awnings, , & a storage attic with pull down stairs. SOLD FURNISHED. Walk to the community pool, restaurants, parks. See it now before it's gone

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$875,000 :: 7749 E Via Del Futuro --, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,998 sq ft
Lot Size: 16,553 sq ft
Added: 07/19/19, Last Updated: 07/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5954752
Community: VILLA LA PLAYA
Tract: VILLA LA PLAYA
Status: Active


One of the best lots in McCormick Ranch with lake front, golf course and Camelback views! Enjoy breathtaking sunsets and peacefulness of the tranquil greens. This is a home that has been filled with time and love for it's simplicity in floor plan while offering a grand entrance and closed in patio. The closed in and covered patios offer extended space and comfort to take in the awe inspiring views. Cool off in the large pool for summer time fun! The lush landscape accents the inviting backyard. This home is on a cul-de-sac lot in one of the best neighborhoods in McCormick Ranch. Plenty of parking with a 3 car garage and large driveway. So much to enjoy...this home won't last!

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$799,900 :: 7530 N VIA CAMELLO DEL SUR --, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,295 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,406 sq ft
Added: 06/05/19, Last Updated: 07/04/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5935357
Community: SANTA FE REAMENDED LOT 1-125 & TR A-E
Tract: SANTA FE REAMENDED LOT 1-125 & TR A-E
Status: Active


UNSURPASSED WATERFRONT & GOLF VIEWS!! This beautiful SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED home sits on one of the best lake view lots in McCormick Ranch. Take in stunning sunsets over the McCormick Ranch signature island golf hole with Mummy Mountain as the backdrop. The Scottsdale Recreation Path is just outside your back gate for the ultimate in convenience. Or, walk 3 doors down to the incredible community pool with full clubhouse and exercise room. This is the ONLY HOME with NO COMMON WALLS!!! The large 3 bedroom plan is nicely updated with polished travertine floors, custom cabinetry, granite counters, a new flat roof (June 2019) and newer A/C (2014.) Located in the heart of Scottsdale with the best restaurants, entertainment and shopping nearby.

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$995,000 :: 7758 E VIA DEL FUTURO --, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 2.75 baths
Home size: 3,318 sq ft
Lot Size: 16,989 sq ft
Added: 06/10/19, Last Updated: 06/10/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5934601
Community: VILLA LA PLAYA
Tract: VILLA LA PLAYA
Status: Active


Stop the car! This is the BEST lot in Scottsdale at the price, featuring north facing stunning resort backyard, view fencing to the very wide view of the lake and on to the golf course and mountains! The home needs updating, however this one is WORTH IT! Great bones with soaring ceilings in the right spots, bedroom wing on the east, great location and truly breathtaking lot! Come and see it today!!

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$1,225,000 :: 8638 N 84TH Street, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,737 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 03/01/19, Last Updated: 05/20/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5889757
Community: LAS PALOMAS LOT 1-144 & TR A-P PRIVATE STREETS
Tract: LAS PALOMAS LOT 1-144 & TR A-P PRIVATE STREETS
Status: Active


Las Palomas Elegance - Finest finishes and detail to enjoy! When you enter the beautiful and welcoming courtyard get ready to experience luxury design detail found only in the finest of homes. Gorgeous views of Lake Angela and amazing sunsets can be enjoyed from this home. This timeless masterpiece features three bedrooms and three baths with a two car garage in the heart of McCormick Ranch. Las Palomas, a private guard gated community is surrounded by lakes and greenbelts with walking and biking paths, fine dining and entertainment which can be enjoyed by all ages.

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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: 02/21/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5844106
Community: HERITAGE VILLAGE 2 LOT 1-108 TR A-E
Tract: HERITAGE VILLAGE 2 LOT 1-108 TR A-E
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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