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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$605,000 :: 9623 S 51ST Street, Phoenix AZ, 85044

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,062 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,792 sq ft
Added: 06/17/22, Last Updated: 06/17/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6419616
Community: POINTE SOUTH MOUNTAIN UNIT 8
Tract: POINTE SOUTH MOUNTAIN UNIT 8
Status: Active


REMODELED 3 BDRM + LOFT/2.5 BTH home, in resort setting across the street from South Mtn hiking and biking trails. Located on a PREMIUM GOLF COURSE lot w/lake views in the prestigious Pointe South Mountain community. This Blandford/ St Croix model offers a Formal LR and w/DR and an open Kitchen/Family Room. Kitchen features white SHAKER CABINETS, SS APPLIANCE and GRANITE countertops along with a bright, cheery Breakfast Nook. Large Master Bedroom has a Walk-in closet and a Balcony overlooking the golf course. REMODELED Master Bath includes separate shower and tub, double sinks, and EXQUISITE VIEWS. Upstairs LOFT area is a perfect space for an Office, Exercise, TV or Playroom. 4 Community pool/spas. Enjoy Wildlife/Hiking/Biking trails galore on SOUTH MTN with over 16,000 acres of trails.

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$1,580,000 :: 3613 E BROOKWOOD Court, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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4 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 3,336 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 06/01/22, Last Updated: 06/01/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6409455
Community: HARBOR ISLAND AMD LOT 1-108 TR A-I
Tract: HARBOR ISLAND AMD LOT 1-108 TR A-I
Status: Active


If you like kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, boating, fishing or just desire prime sunbathing real estate, the possibilities are endless when you call this Lakewood home yours. Move in just in time to enjoy the sizzling Arizona summer from your sparkling infinity edge pool or hot tub. Launch your toys from the new private dock. Stay cool while the sunshine washes over the backyard under the covered patio with solar shade enclosure. At night treat your friends and family to a barbeque finished off with s'more's around the firepit. This 4 bedroom 4 bath home features an updated open floor plan with soaring ceilings, abundant glass and beautiful light hickory wood flooring. Water views are visible from the moment you step through the front door.

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$1,095,000 :: 7785 E Via De Belleza --, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,759 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,068 sq ft
Added: 06/18/22, Last Updated: 07/03/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6420012
Community: Villa La Playa
Tract: Villa La Playa
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/3/2022 by 8%
Status: Active


Beautiful single story in the heart of McCormick Ranch! This home features 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, an enclosed office off of the master bedroom and a additional bonus room that has a full bath! Step outside in the the beautiful back yard with a large pool and gorgeous views of Camelback. In addition this home has a brand new roof replaced in 2022, New AC and water heater in 2021, New windows within the past 5 years and the pool was resurfaced in 2016!! This is a must see!!

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$2,395,000 :: 8419 E DEL CAMINO Drive, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,871 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 05/18/22, Last Updated: 06/27/22
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6400711
Community: LAS PALOMAS
Tract: LAS PALOMAS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/27/2022 by 4%
Status: Active


Rare Opportunity, Stunning Waterfront Home w/Full View of Camelback Mountain Located in The Heart of McCormick Ranch!! After Undergoing an extensive 2 year /full gut job interior reconfigured remodel as well as exterior landscaping remodel this stunning 3 bed plus office/den & 3.5 bath town home is now available! Located in the Guard Gated Community of Las Palomas this property is attached to 27 miles of biking and walking paths around the lake & through many parks & golf courses. A 1 minute walk off the back patio to several restaurants and shops in the neighborhood & under a 10 min drive to Diamondbacks Spring Training, Resorts & Casino, Old Town Scottsdale, Kierland, & Gainey shopping & loop 101 highway!!

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$1,795,000 :: 8443 E DEL CAMINO Drive, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,938 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 06/06/22, Last Updated: 06/22/22
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6412279
Community: LAS PALOMAS
Tract: LAS PALOMAS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/22/2022 by 3%
Status: Active


Stunning Single Level Waterfront Home w/View of Camelback in Scottsdale's Premier Community of McCormick Ranch & Available Fully Furnished!! Highly upgraded Mediterranean/Tuscan patio home w/Prime outdoor sitting areas on both the front & rear patios, featuring the spectacular waterfront & Camelback Mountain view. The rear patio also offers complete coverage from the sun as well as a new built in BBQ & large sitting area that is great for entertaining guests. The interior features upgrades galore w/Travertine flooring, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, kitchen island, convection cook top, 2 stone faced fireplaces, high ceilings, crown molding, large baseboards and so much more!! 2 beds, 2.5 baths, plus office/den & walking distance to all the shops & restaurants

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