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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1 bed, 1 bath
Home size: 991 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 06/29/22, Last Updated: 07/02/22
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6426003
Community: SCOTTSDALE BAY CLUB PHASE 1
Tract: SCOTTSDALE BAY CLUB PHASE 1
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/2/2022 by 6%
Status: Active


Incredible lakeside Scottsdale Condo with McDowell Mountain Views. 1 bed 1 Bath with large living area open space overlooking the water and view to the North East of the beautiful McDowell Mountains. Revel in the sunset glow off of the mountains and lake. Updated floors throughout. A cozy wood fireplace adds winter comfort. There are 2 community pools and a resident park. Shopping center is only a few steps away 1 car detached garage. An easy lock and leave unit.

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$419,900 :: 329 LEISURE WORLD --, Mesa AZ, 85206

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3 beds, 1.75 baths
Home size: 1,460 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,307 sq ft
Added: 06/26/22, Last Updated: 06/30/22
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6424549
Community: LEISURE WORLD GOLDEN HILLS PLAT 3 CONDOMI
Tract: LEISURE WORLD GOLDEN HILLS PLAT 3 CONDOMI
Status: Conditional


Lovely updated 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in Leisure World, a 45+ Active Adult Resort Community. Tile flooring, updated kitchen & bathrooms. Large 2.5 car garage. Wonderful back patio looking at the water. Private front patio area. This home is located on the water in the grassy area. All this in the Premiere Active Adult Community of Leisure World with 36 holes of private golf, new tennis complex, pickle ball, swimming pools, library, state of the art fitness center, theater, arts and crafts, billiard room, and much more!

Listed with RE/MAX Classic


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$417,000 :: 11601 N 29TH Avenue, Phoenix AZ, 85029

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,371 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 06/26/22, Last Updated: 06/26/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6424484
Community: GOLDWATER LAKES
Tract: GOLDWATER LAKES
Status: Active


Welcome Home! This home has gone through a complete update over the last 3 years! The Atrium was remodeled into a den with recessed lighting, skylights, and pocket door. Recessed lighting in all the right areas. Bathrooms have been remodeled with a granite sink, river stone shower, two shower heads, new vanity in the spare bathroom. The kitchen has been updated with granite counter tops, white shaker cabinets, Stainless steel appliances. The landscaping along with the front and back yard pergolas has been updated with new turf, pillar wraps, pavers. New foam roof. Double paned windows and sliders. Solar lease through Tesla at $50.29 monthly. Wonderful views of the lake. Schedule a tour today!

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$444,900 :: 705 W QUEEN CREEK Road #1027, Chandler AZ, 85248

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,551 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,307 sq ft
Added: 06/23/22, Last Updated: 06/23/22
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6422584
Community: BRIDGES AT OCOTILLO UNIT 4 CONDOMINIUM
Tract: BRIDGES AT OCOTILLO UNIT 4 CONDOMINIUM
Status: Active


MOVE IN READY! Beautiful lakefront condo located in the gated community of The Bridges at Ocotillo. As you enter the home, the open floor plan flows into the dining area and great room. The open kitchen is complete with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and sleek espresso colored cabinetry. TWO SPACIOUS MASTER SUITES located on the second floor with own private bathrooms, walk-in closets, and plenty of storage. New dishwasher and water heater in 2019. *HOA painted all building exteriors and replaced roof 2 years ago. *Guest parking conveniently located across from condo. *Walking distance to schools, grocery stores, and restaurants. *Electric fireplace to convey. This well cared for home has so much to offer and is in the perfect Chandler location! Come see for yourself!

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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$449,900 :: 26625 S LAKEMONT Drive, Sun Lakes AZ, 85248

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,545 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 04/21/22, Last Updated: 06/15/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6387201
Community: SUN LAKES
Tract: SUN LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/15/2022 by 3%
Status: Active


EXPANDED SHAWNEE MODEL AS-IS in the Adult Community of Cottonwood featuring a SPECTACULAR LAKE VIEW, GORGEOUS PRIVATE POOL on the side yard and an AZ room! The front COURTYARD leads to the Foyer that opens to the HUGE Living Room. The Primary Bedroom has a Large WALK-IN CLOSET & a Double Sink Vanity! The EAST-FACING, COVERED PATIO has a STUNNING View of the LAKE, pool & Community Walking Path! Most furniture available on a separate bill of sale. Don't miss this amazing opportunity in SUN LAKES with Community amenities like: golf, tennis, pickle ball, pools, NEW fitness center, clubs, social activities, restaurants & so much more!

Listed with eXp 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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