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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$299,900 :: 16410 S 12TH Street #215, Phoenix AZ, 85048

2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,481 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,307 sq ft
Added: 04/22/19, Last Updated: 04/22/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5915093
Community: TOSCANA LAKESIDE CONDOMINIUMS
Tract: TOSCANA LAKESIDE CONDOMINIUMS
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

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$559,000 :: 16427 S 34TH Way, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,298 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 04/19/19, Last Updated: 04/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5913933
Community: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 18 LOT 1-134 TR A-E
Tract: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 18 LOT 1-134 TR A-E
Status: Active


EXTRAORDINARY PANORAMIC Lakewood Waterfront home, This highly upgraded home on the lake boasts, upgraded kitchen , baths, cabinetry, Flooring And More .....Gorgeous views of the lake from the family room and kitchen and Master. Resort-style backyard with sparkling Heated pool, and Spa beautiful landscaped. boat doc. Breath-taking views 3 car garage, recently updated Air and water heater. excellent school distract, great parks, ....truly a rare find!

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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$299,900 :: 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: 04/14/19
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 3/29/2019 by 2%
Status: Conditional


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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$468,900 :: 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: 04/12/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5910804
Community: POINTE SOUTH MOUNTAIN UNIT 8
Tract: POINTE SOUTH MOUNTAIN UNIT 8
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

Listed with Homesmart


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$499,000 :: 15635 S 16TH Street, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,557 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,196 sq ft
Added: 03/28/19, Last Updated: 04/07/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5902659
Community: CANYON SPRINGS AT THE FOOTHILLS LT 1-120 TR A-F
Tract: CANYON SPRINGS AT THE FOOTHILLS LT 1-120 TR A-F
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/7/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


Wow! Astonishing waterfront property in fantastic Canyon Springs! This oversized lot features desert landscaping, 3 car garage, RV gate, and exquisite curb appeal. You'll be amaze by the unparalleled beauty this home exudes! Interior boasts vaulted ceilings, living & dinning areas, tile flooring, plantation shutters, dry bar, and family room with fireplace. Delightful kitchen is equipped with stainless steel appliances, natural oak cabinets, quartz countertops, and island with breakfast bar. Spacious master retreat has sitting area, bay window, carpet, and a lavish bath with dual vanity and walk-in closet. Huge backyard offers covered patio, easy to care landscaping, and stairway down to a concrete pad where you can dock your boat & enjoy of the incredible sunset views. You must see it!

Listed with Bespoke Real Estate, LLC


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$235,000 :: 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: 04/05/19
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 4/5/2019 by 2%
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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$1,275,000 :: 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: 04/17/19
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
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/17/2019 by 7%
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.

Listed with Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty


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$2,525,000 :: 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: 03/23/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5861705
Community: Las Palomas
Tract: Las Palomas
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/23/2019 by 3%
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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$775,000 :: 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: 03/21/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5845982
Community: Las Palomas
Tract: Las Palomas
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/21/2019 by 5%
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). 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. 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. Furniture is available at nominal cost by separate sale. $775K price is FIRM. Lower offers will not be entertained.

Listed with Realty Executives


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$1,950,000 :: 8211 N VIA DE LAGO --, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,117 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,761 sq ft
Added: 03/15/19, Last Updated: 03/15/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5897020
Community: PALO VIENTO 1
Tract: PALO VIENTO 1
Status: Active


From the minute you enter the walled private courtyard, you know you have found a special jewel. This stunning, modern Spanish lakefront property is located in the highly-desirable and centrally-located community of McCormick Ranch. This totally remodeled home is the product of noted designer Wendy Black Rodgers made to take advantage of spectacular golf course and lake views with large, bi-fold window walls. Wendy is noted for creating elegant homes with details that feature the perfect atmosphere for welcoming family and friends. Highest quality finishes include a blend of hardwood flooring and natural stone throughout. The open concept living includes the formal living room, dining room, kitchen and den with large gas fireplace.

Listed with Harley Hendricks Realty


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$2,600,000 :: 7644 E VIA DEL PLACITO --, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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4 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 2,763 sq ft
Lot Size: 17,860 sq ft
Added: 03/09/19, Last Updated: 03/09/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5894197
Community: PALO VIENTO 1
Tract: PALO VIENTO 1
Status: Active


Private and secluded, this rare waterfront residence was featured in the May issue of Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine and described as one of the finest homes in the Valley. If you are looking for that one-of-a-kind home experience, then this is your new home. This North/South facing lot is tucked in to the end of a quiet cul-de-sac while sitting on a large corner lot of the lake. With 175 feet of unobstructed lake, golf course and McDowell Mountain views--this is the best lot on the lake. Take your private pontoon boat from your dock for a relaxing sunset cruise or sit around the waterfront firepit and watch the wildlife of the bird sanctuary.

Listed with Harley Hendricks Realty


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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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