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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$419,000 :: 9043 W PORT ROYALE Lane, Peoria AZ, 85381

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,801 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,050 sq ft
Added: 08/13/21, Last Updated: 09/22/21
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6272681
Community: STARFIRE BAY AMD
Tract: STARFIRE BAY AMD
The price of this listing was last increased on 9/5/2021 by 2%
Status: Active


BACK FROM SOLD .LAKEFRONT LIVING IN ARIZONA ,AND YES IT IS STOCKED WITH BASS AND CATFISH!!(CATCH AND RELEASE). QUALITY BUILT,BLOCK COMMON WALLS SOLID GROUT, FRAMED AND INSULATED. ORIGINAL OWNER FEATURING MANY GREAT HIGHLIGHTS AND AMENITIES. NEW LG KITCHEN APPLIANCES INSTALLED 9/6/21 *PENINSULA FIREPLACE W/ SLATE ACCENTS*WOOD FLOORS*SPACIOUS GROUND FLOOR MASTER* LARGE MASTER BATH WITH DOUBLE SINKS AND WALK IN SHOWER. FRENCH DOORS TO SALTILLO TILED PATIO *ISLANDKITCHEN*NEWER CARPET* 2 CAR GARAGE*ACROSS THE STREET FROM COMMUNITY POOL* GATED COMMUNITY FOR PRIVACY*ACCLAIMED DESERT HARBOR ELEMENTRY AND CENNTENIAL HIGH*CLOSE TO P83 SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT*LOOP 101 OVER THE BRIDGE AND ACROSS THE RIVER TO RIO VISTA PARK ONE PEORIA'S FINEST*DESERT HARBOR , A PLACE TO CALL HOME

Listed with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties


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$410,000 :: 2142 N SWEETWATER Drive, Casa Grande AZ, 85122

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,173 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 09/22/21, Last Updated: 09/22/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6295734
Community: CASA GRANDE LAKES
Tract: CASA GRANDE LAKES
Status: Active


Paradise Oasis in the desert. Beautiful waterfront property with private pool, casita, boat dock and deck on the water. This Home boast two master suites with two bathrooms. There is a Murphy bed in one master. Waterfront views from one master suite and living room. Galley Kitchen with granite countertops. The well appointed Casita was built in 2019 and boast a bathroom with step in shower, partial kitchen (just missing a stove), tankless hot water heater and mini split. The gorgeous pool was built in 2016 and overlooks the lake. Home sits on corner 1 1/2 lots. Don't miss this one. It will not last long.

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$425,000 :: 2125 W JIBSAIL Loop, Mesa AZ, 85202

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,391 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 09/20/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6296314
Community: DOBSON RANCH - DOBSON SHORES
Tract: DOBSON RANCH - DOBSON SHORES
Status: Active


Welcome to a hidden gem in popular Dobson Ranch. It sits on a cul de sac lot backing to one of 7 community lakes and has a larger than average lot. Inside you'll find each bedroom has a walk-in closet. The master bath has a new walk-in shower, double sinks w/updated vanities and wood look vinyl flooring. Master bedroom is large with French doors to backyard. Kitchen has new white countertops, stainless double sink & updated designer faucet. The Corian moveable counter makes a great work area, breakfast bar and room divider between LR & large dining area in kitchen. French doors lead to back patio with great views of the lake and flowering bushes all around backyard. Don't miss the new garage cabinets, epoxy sealed garage floor and even a tool room w/workbench. You'll

Listed with Delex Realty


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$424,800 :: 19869 N 110TH Lane, Sun City AZ, 85373

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3 beds, 1.75 baths
Home size: 1,409 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 09/10/21, Last Updated: 09/17/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6291764
Community: SOUTH BAY AT VENTANA LAKES
Tract: SOUTH BAY AT VENTANA LAKES
Status: Conditional


GORGEOUS WATERFRONT HOME IN VENTANA LAKES!! SPLIT BEDROOM FLOOR PLAN. 3BR/1.75BTH W/ 2 CAR GARAGE. STUNNING, SPACIOUS KITCHEN W/ BEAUTIFUL CABINETS THAT FEATURE ROPE CROWN MOLDING, GRANITE COUNTER TOPS, REFRIGERATOR, MICROWAVE, DISHWASHER, RANGE, PANTRY, & BREAKFAST BAR. OPEN & BRIGHT GREAT ROOM FLOOR PLAN. MASTER SUITE HAS DOUBLE SINKS, SHOWER, & SEPARATE TOILET ROOM. TILE IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES. LAMINATE IN BEDROOMS. CEILING FANS, SUNSCREENS, DUAL PANE WINDOWS. INSIDE LAUNDRY W/ WASHER/DRYER. MIRROR IN GREAT ROOM CONVEYS GRATIS. MOST FURNITURE AVAILABLE BY SEPARATE BILL OF SALE. INVITING COVERED PATIO & OPEN PATIO TO ENJOY THE WONDERFUL WATERFRONT VIEWS!!! SPECTACULAR SUNRISES!!! A MUST SEE!!!

Listed with Coldwell Banker Realty


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$419,900 :: 19746 N SWAN Court, Maricopa AZ, 85138

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,567 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,406 sq ft
Added: 08/04/21, Last Updated: 09/12/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6261502
Community: PROVINCE PARCEL 15
Tract: PROVINCE PARCEL 15
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/12/2021 by 1%
Status: Active


Gorgeous LAKE LOT Single Family home located in Province 55+ Community. Owned Solar, Custom Pergola, Safe, Sunscreens, custom built in entertainment center. This home has barely been lived in by a single occupant. You will see how beautifully maintained the interior and exterior of the home. Great lot size and location, of course your 2 car garage for your vehicle and electric golf cart. Province has all of the resort amenities for your 55yrs and better active adult life style community; Library, Cafe, Crafts Rm, Conference Rm, Sewing Rm, Poker Rm, Banquet Hall, Resort Pool, Billiards, Ceramics Rm, and so much more. There is something for everyone at this luxurious community. RETIRE LIKE YOU MEAN IT!!!!!

Listed with Long Realty Uptown


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$425,000 :: 130 Old Town Court, Payson AZ, 85541

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1 bed, 2 baths
Home size: 925 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,326 sq ft
Added: 06/30/21, Last Updated: 08/26/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6258098
Community: BEAVER VALLEY ESTATES UNIT 6
Tract: BEAVER VALLEY ESTATES UNIT 6
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/26/2021 by 5%
Status: Active


River front living in Arizona!!! No matter how hard you try, you won't find many like this! Here is a charming cabin situated on the East Verde River, which runs year round. The full-lite glass garage door opens to the deck, where you can enjoy the view of the water and listen to the wind sing in the Cottonwoods and Sycamores. No detail has been spared on this cozy getaway. The loft bedroom upstairs has an en suite bathroom and walk in closet. The main floor has a functional galley kitchen, with the laundry and pantry close by. An additional main floor bathroom is tasteful and functional. Enjoy the great room with its wood ceiling and Vermont Castings wood burning stove, which is sure to keep you warm on the cool winter evenings. Home is being sold turnkey furnished!!! Come see it today!

Listed with Keller Williams Arizona Realty


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$415,000 :: 5124 N 31ST Place #516, Phoenix AZ, 85016

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,544 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,743 sq ft
Added: 05/25/21, Last Updated: 06/08/21
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6241255
Community: BILTMORE TERRACE CONDOMINIUMS
Tract: BILTMORE TERRACE CONDOMINIUMS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/8/2021 by 7%
Status: Active


PRIME BILTMORE CONDO! 3 Bed/, 2 Bath, ENJOY AWESOME LAKE AND GOLF COURSE VIEWS OF THE BILTMORE LINKS COURSE.Prime location with a short walk through a private gate to Safeway, Keegan's, Bobby-Q's, Matt's Big Breakfast and many other shops.Biltmore Terrace is a very quiet, guard gated, pet-free community with 2 swimming pools, a well-maintained exercise facility, and a very nice multi-use community room. Enlightened HOA keeps this classic 1981 complex in good condition.OPTIONAL: Seller might consider leasing the property back after COE.

Listed with Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty


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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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