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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$829,900 :: 1967 E CLUBHOUSE Drive, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,634 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,762 sq ft
Added: 01/21/20, Last Updated: 01/21/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6026568
Community: CLUBHOUSE ESTATES UNIT 1 AT THE FOOTHILLS
Tract: CLUBHOUSE ESTATES UNIT 1 AT THE FOOTHILLS
Status: Active


Located in the Exclusive Custom Community of Clubhouse Estates this Golf Course Lot not only has views of the Foothills Golf Course and the Lake, there are beautiful mountain views as well! Enter into the bright and open feeling of this home with lots of natural light and high vaulted ceilings. This home allows for family living and entertaining with a spacious bonus room upstairs and great outdoor living spaces. The gourmet kitchen has so much to offer with Wolf Brand Appliances, custom cabinets, granite counter tops large kitchen island with a veggie sink, double wall ovens, separate Sub Zero refrigerator and freezer, stainless steel vent hood and pot filler this kitchen truly has it all!

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$729,000 :: 3619 E BROOKWOOD Court, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,810 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 01/13/20, Last Updated: 01/13/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6023234
Community: HARBOR ISLAND AMD LOT 1-108 TR A-I
Tract: HARBOR ISLAND AMD LOT 1-108 TR A-I
Status: Active


Custom Waterfront property! The resort backyard has it all including an expansive covered patio. relax or Swim in your private Spa or Pebble tec heated pool with Waterfall or You can fish from your Own private Boat dock. Then enjoy a beverage from the Master Balcony for lake views and Gorgeous Sunsets. Step inside and your Greeted by soaring Vaulted cealings with a full bedroom downstairs with a private entry and adjacent to a full Bath. The chefs kitchen Boasts a 6 burner gas cooktop and double ovens with a private Bar and the large family rooms has a cozy gas fireplace with Fantastic Lake views. The ''oversized'' 3 car garage can fit lifted trucks or other toys. This Home is wonderfully Landscaped with Multiple Citrus trees. The NEW roof + Paint make this Home a terrific find !!!!!

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$418,000 :: 1139 E FRYE Road, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,917 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,485 sq ft
Added: 12/27/19, Last Updated: 01/12/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6017685
Community: MIRALAGO AT THE FOOTHILLS LOT 1-104 TR A-Q
Tract: MIRALAGO AT THE FOOTHILLS LOT 1-104 TR A-Q
Status: Conditional


Premium waterfront entertainer's dream home in desirable gated Miralago Lake Community. 3B/2.5 BA, gourmet kitchen featuring custom cabinets & exceptional upgrades. The home boasts an open flowing floorplan w/breakfast nook, fireplace in cozy family room, large great room, & dining room off the kitchen.Front gated courtyard entrance, stone flooring w/custom granite inlay in home. Custom solid granite stairs w/vaulted skylights accent the dramatic open hallway upstairs & catwalk/bridge between the master retreat bedroom& the other 2 bedrooms. Amenities to this serene lakefront property include community clubhouse, pool & heated spa.Less than 5 minutes from new 202 extension. Updates: 2017 new roof/skylights, water softener, Astro Turf, & interior carpeting;2018/2019 New HVAC. Resort Living!

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$279,900 :: 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: 08/31/19
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 8/31/2019 by 2%
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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$1,795,000 :: 8357 E DEL CAMINO Drive #134, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 4,734 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 12/01/19, Last Updated: 12/01/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6010044
Community: LAS PALOMAS LOT 1-144 & TR A-P PRIVATE STREETS
Tract: LAS PALOMAS LOT 1-144 & TR A-P PRIVATE STREETS
Status: Active


Completely Remodeled WATERFRONT Materpiece! This home has INCREDIBLE VIEWS OF LAKE MARGUERITE & CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN that will take your breath away! The home backs to the lake and miles of walking/biking trails with its own gate. Enter home through a private custom Italian inspired courtyard with outdoor kitchen/custom water feature, shade structure & more. Gourmet chef's kitchen/wolf/subzero, custom counters,cabinets and more. Open floor plan with incredible butler pantry. Second master & additional bedroom on main floor. Dramatic great room with 15 ' ceilings, wall to wall entertainment center. . Double height custom entry. Home lighting automation/security system. Master on 2nd floor with incredible lake views. Full gym & sauna,+ Huge office/media room. A TRUE LIFESTYLE HOME!

Listed with Fern 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: 10/28/19, Last Updated: 10/28/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5997515
Community: PALO VIENTO 1
Tract: PALO VIENTO 1
Status: Active


VOTED BEST HOUSE ON SCOTTSDALE LUXURY TOUR! Private and secluded, this rare lakefront residence features175 feet of unobstructed lake, golf course and McDowell Mountain views--this is the best lot on the lake! 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. 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. This home was featured in the MAY 2018 PHOENIX HOME AND GARDEN ISSUE and described as one of the finest homes in the Valley. Close by everything, this McCormick Ranch home embraces easygoing indoor-outdoor living while incorporating water views everywhere. Large bifold window doors seamlessly transition into

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$2,376,500 :: 8351 E DEL CAMINO Drive, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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4 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 6,376 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 07/31/19, Last Updated: 10/24/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5958813
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 10/24/2019 by 3%
Status: Active


Scottsdale waterfront luxury living at its finest. This beautiful home was totally re-built in 2011 to take advantage of the double lot and lakeside views including a postcard perfect panoramic view Camelback mountain. The pool, patios and rooftop observation deck allow the homeowner to experience the tranquility of the lake and the most amazing sunset views in the valley. The home features an attached guest house with kitchen and great room with fireplace. In addition to the guest house there are 2 masters, one up and one down. The upstairs master includes an oversized seating area, fireplace and balcony with spectacular view. The oversized kitchen and bar/island are an entertainers dream with plenty of room for multiple cooks. Media and another guest suite complete the 2nd level.

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$1,999,000 :: 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: 11,762 sq ft
Added: 10/22/19, Last Updated: 10/23/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5995329
Community: PALO VIENTO 1
Tract: PALO VIENTO 1
Status: Active


You won't believe you are in Scottsdale when you enter this completely remodeled, modern Spanish waterfront property designed to take advantage of spectacular lake, golf course and mountain views. Featuring the highest quality finishes including a blend of hardwood flooring and natural stone throughout. The views are everything! Above the 1,000 sq. ft. covered patio is an upper deck that looks out over the lake, golf course and 360-degree mountain views. The lakeside back yard features a built-in gas BBQ, gas firepit and boat dock. The new open concept living includes the formal living room, dining room, kitchen and den with large gas fireplace. The expansive kitchen features completely custom classic white cabinets with a solid natural walnut island. Featuring both a peninsula with a

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$2,699,000 :: 7626 E VIA DEL PLACITO --, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 5,324 sq ft
Lot Size: 16,989 sq ft
Added: 10/22/19, Last Updated: 10/22/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5995098
Community: PALO VIENTO 1
Tract: PALO VIENTO 1
Status: Active


Stunning waterfront masterpiece located in the prestigious Palo Viento community of McCormick Ranch. This magnificent custom home offers breathtaking views, luxurious finishes throughout and an abundance of space for entertaining. The beautifully landscaped front yard welcomes you into the grand interior and bright open floorplan. Professional kitchen (featured in Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine) offers two oversized islands, custom cabinets, 6 burner Wolf Range, double ovens, Shaw farmhouse sink, 2 walk in pantries and a breakfast room with exquisite panoramic lake views. Stunning great room offers several entertaining areas, wet bar, grand fireplace and endless breathtaking views. Incredible master retreat includes a fireplace, sitting area, private exit, stunning marble bath, free

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