Arizona Monsoon Thunderstorms

What is a Monsoon?

Mention the word “monsoon” to a Phoenix resident, and memories of heavy localized rain, wind gusts, power outages, flash floods and dust storms quickly come to mind.  While most residents primarily think of a thunder storm, the monsoon season is more tied to wind shift rather than precipitation. The term “monsoon” comes from the Arabic “mausim” which means “season” or “wind shift.” During the summer wind shift which brings increased moisture and low pressure in the valley, you have essential ingredients of the monsoon season.

Defining the monsoon season

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 seaon officially begins after the third consecutive day of a dew point above 55 degrees.  On average, this occurred on July 7th and lasted for 2 months.  Was this too confusing? Too technical?  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. During July-August-September the average rainfall is 2.65 inches.

Stupid motorist law and flash floods

Stupid Motorist LawIt may be hard to believe but with the heavy localized rain of a storm during the monsoon season, flooding is a common occurrence. And frequently, flash floods make streets impassable.  Does this stop drivers from attempting to cross a flooded street? Nope. So what happens when a driver attempts to cross a flooded street that is barricaded and they get stuck? They can be fined under what is known as the “Stupid Motorist Law”, ARS 28:910, which went into effect in 1995. This is intended to protect “stupid” motorist, first responders, and help absorb the cost of a rescue.  A helicopter in a rescue situation can cost up to $600/hour in addition to the fire department and police officers.Power Ranch Splash Pad

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$425,000 :: 11121 W WINDSOR Avenue, Avondale AZ, 85392

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,716 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 11/29/22, Last Updated: 11/29/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6493738
Community: CRYSTAL GARDENS PHASE 2 PARCEL 6
Tract: CRYSTAL GARDENS PHASE 2 PARCEL 6
Status: Active


Water Front Property with Mountain Views! This is your chance to own this adorable residence nestled on a desirable cul-de-sac lot! Charming 3 bed, 2 bath property features a welcoming interior w/vaulted ceilings, neutral tile floors in high traffic areas, carpet, calming paint, and a spacious living/dining room. The great room showcases an inviting gas fireplace to keep you toasty warm in cold winters. Cooking is a delight in this impeccable kitchen boasting wood cabinets, built-in appliances, and an island w/a breakfast bar. Have a good night's sleep in this cozy main suite with large walkin closet, master bath with separate tub & shower, double sinks & separate exit to access backyard for great walks around the Lake. Secondary bedrooms are good size with ceiling fans & inside laundry.

Listed with Keller Williams Elite


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


$420,000 :: 2514 N 109TH Avenue, Avondale AZ, 85392

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,853 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 09/30/22, Last Updated: 11/29/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6471158
Community: CRYSTAL GARDENS PHASE 2 PARCEL 5
Tract: CRYSTAL GARDENS PHASE 2 PARCEL 5
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/29/2022 by 4%
Status: Active


ATTENTION PLEASE!! Trust me, you're gonna want to hear this! When the seller says sell, YOU definitely get the benefit! The seller has directed a NEW price a few minutes ago!! Affordability and all the perks of this beautiful Crystal Gardens home, it doesn't get better than this! And all within 6 miles of the Cardinals Stadium & Westgate, 2 miles from shopping, and quick access to freeways. This is it! Come claim your new home today! This is absolutely THE BEST lake front home, at an affordable price, in the best neighborhood! This beautiful home has soaring ceilings, bright open spaces, gorgeous lake views, and designer upgrades AND sits proudly on a premium lake view lot in

Listed with HomeSmart


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


$424,900 :: 7844 W JULIE Drive, Glendale AZ, 85308

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,437 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,485 sq ft
Added: 11/08/22, Last Updated: 11/25/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6487178
Community: Arrowhead Ranch
Tract: Arrowhead Ranch
Status: Active


You will love this home on the lake in Arrowhead Ranch! Bathrooms were fully renovated with a modern style in 2013. High quality faucets and fixtures, tiled surrounds, ADA compliant showers. Home offers tiled floors everywhere but the 3rd bedroom is carpeted & could function as a den. The spacious great room has soaring vaulted ceilings, with French doors to the Arizona room. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, an eat in nook, and plenty of counter space. Master bedroom closet by California closets organizers. Lake views from the bedroom and bath. Step out to your Arizona Room with a view of the lake. Low maintenance landscaping. Plenty of comfortable spots to relax and enjoy the view of the lake.

Listed with Platinum Realty Group


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


$439,900 :: 254 E LAGUNA ROYALE Drive, Litchfield Park AZ, 85340

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,622 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,485 sq ft
Added: 09/23/22, Last Updated: 11/23/22
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6463297
Community: Laguna Royale
Tract: Laguna Royale
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/23/2022 by 2%
Status: Active


You will not want to miss this GEM on the Lake. 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with a 2 car garage. Living Room with corner fireplace, formal dining area and a spacious kitchen. Sip your favorite beverage on your patio with beautiful views of the lake.

Listed with Coldwell Banker Realty


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


$425,000 :: 5415 E MCKELLIPS Road #40, Mesa AZ, 85215

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,967 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,307 sq ft
Added: 11/07/22, Last Updated: 11/17/22
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6486532
Community: DESERT SPRINGS AT ALTA MESA
Tract: DESERT SPRINGS AT ALTA MESA
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/17/2022 by 6%
Status: Active


Welcome home to this gorgeous property in the gated community of Desert Springs at Alta Mesa. This home has it all! Split floor plan, tile throughout, stainless appliances, gorgeous granite countertops, and designer travertine backsplash in the kitchen. Low maintenance landscaping that looks out onto the golf course. This community features golfing, pools, walking paths, spa, there is something for everyone! Located near fabulous golfing, Usery Mountain Regional Park, Lakes, countless activities for everyone! Loop 202 Red Mountain, US 60, ASU Polytechnic, Phoenix Gateway Airport, and Phoenix Sky Harbor, and Falcon Field.schedule your private showing today!

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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


$430,000 :: 1961 N 107TH Drive, Avondale AZ, 85392

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,573 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,228 sq ft
Added: 11/04/22, Last Updated: 11/04/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6485719
Community: CRYSTAL GARDENS PARCEL 1A
Tract: CRYSTAL GARDENS PARCEL 1A
Status: Active


Enjoy the views of the lake from the covered back patio of this Crystal Gardens home! Inside, the interior impresses with vaulted ceilings and pot shelves. The living room flows into the formal dining. The kitchen is outfitted with stainless steel appliances and opens to the family room. Dual vanities, garden tub/shower combination, and a spacious walk-in closet with built-in shelving completes the Master suite. Newer heated PebbleTec pool and spa in the backyard with views of the lake! Conveniently located a mile from the cinema/dining/shopping options at Gateway Pavilions and less than two miles from Kimberly Park. Also near bus stops and I-10 access.

Listed with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties


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


$424,900 :: 2115 N NANCY Lane, Casa Grande AZ, 85122

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,705 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 09/30/22, Last Updated: 10/30/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6466677
Community: CASA GRANDE LAKES UNIT II
Tract: CASA GRANDE LAKES UNIT II
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/30/2022 by 6%
Status: Active


This beautiful waterfront home is ready for new owners! The spacious single level split floor plan is 1,700 sqft with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on a 7,900 sqft lot with owned solar panels. The open concept is perfect for entertaining with views of the lake from every window. Enjoy your very own kayak, paddle board or even pontoon boat in your own backyard. Cast a line from your private dock and catch various fish like catfish, talapia, bass and carp. Situated on a cul-de-sac lot you have extra parking space and even an RV gate and plenty of room for a camper, boat, or other recreational vehicles. Located near the walking paths, dog park and community center you will love the lifestyle 2115 N Nancy Ln has to offer!

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/!


$419,000 :: 10517 W TONOPAH Drive, Peoria AZ, 85382

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,557 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 10/28/22, Last Updated: 10/28/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6483134
Community: VENTANA LAKES
Tract: VENTANA LAKES
Status: Active


Lovely lake lot home in Ventana Lakes! Watch the sunsets over the water. The back yard patio is private and just steps away from the personal and private boat dock on the water. This home boasts three large bedrooms with one bedroom currently being used as an office / hobby room. The Primary Bathroom has been updated along the way with a large tile shower. The Primary Bedroom is quite large with plenty of closet space. You can step outside to the back patio from the Primary Bedroom. The kitchen has lots of cabinets and windows. It is easy to cook in this kitchen. There is a dining room right off the kitchen that leads you to the living room with lake views from the window. Furniture is available for sale outside of escrow. This is a must see home. Please stop by and see this home soon.

Listed with My Home Group 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/!


$410,000 :: 42067 W DORSEY Drive, Maricopa AZ, 85138

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,571 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 10/17/22, Last Updated: 10/26/22
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6478156
Community: PROVINCE PARCEL 13
Tract: PROVINCE PARCEL 13
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/26/2022 by 4%
Status: Active


THIS HIGHLY UPGRADED, WATERFRONT VILLA IS A MUST VIEW! Beautiful Travertine tile walkway leads you to this FULL 3 BEDROOM villa. Kitchen features GE Profile appliances w/electric stove, tall staggered cherry wood cabinets w/crown molding, granite counter tops. Large tile in traffic areas, bay windows in both master & breakfast rooms. Gorgeous backyard has Travertine tile & includes hot tub, fire pit and built-in grill w/workstation. Large one-way viewing screen w/ remote allows you to step out & enjoy your coffee while still in your PJ's! Extended length garage has epoxy floor, built-in cabinets & service door. Villa features seller owned security system. NEW HVAC and NEW WATER HEATER in 2021. You will love living in this villa while enjoying all the amenities Province offers

Listed with HomeSmart


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


$429,000 :: 9049 W PORT ROYALE Lane, Peoria AZ, 85381

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,319 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,050 sq ft
Added: 09/28/22, Last Updated: 10/23/22
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6470087
Community: STARFIRE BAY
Tract: STARFIRE BAY
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/23/2022 by 4%
Status: Active


Charming Waterfront Home in Starfire Bay a Beautiful Gated Community. Gorgeous 2-bedroom, 2-bath home with great views of the lake. The spacious living room has a wall of windows that look out to the water, a multi side fireplace, and vaulted ceilings. Enjoy the fireplace in the living and dining room. New flooring & A/C. Spacious primary bedroom & secondary bedroom. The light & bright kitchen has been updated with beautiful granite countertops and appliances. Enjoy the views from the covered back patio. This home has been well cared for & is move in ready. There is a community pool & heated spa. HOA maintains the exterior of the home, roof, all landscape, and common areas. This home is conveniently located near the 101 loop, shopping, dining, and highly rated Peoria schools.

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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


 

 

 

 

 

Valley firefighters carried out several water rescues in the morning. Cost for emergency personnel at a water rescue starts around $4,000.

 

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