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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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,307 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 09/02/21, Last Updated: 09/02/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6288235
Community: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 2 & 27 LOT 1-70 TR A-F
Tract: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 2 & 27 LOT 1-70 TR A-F
Status: Active


Amazing home w/fantastic curb appeal, lush landscape, & 3 car garage. Enter to discover an immaculate interior w/soaring ceilings, tile floors w/carpet in all the right places, & plantation shutters. Receive your guests in the spacious living room. Formal dining w/access to the kitchen for easy entertaining. Cozy up next to the fireplace in the bright family room. The kitchen features large white cabinets, tile backsplash, granite counters, & a breakfast nook w/bay window overlooking the lake. Den is perfect for an office. The main retreat has a balcony w/stunning lake & Mtn. views, sitting room, and a pristine ensuite w/huge walk-in closet. Stunning backyard is a true dream w/its covered patio, mature greenery, blue pool, and outstanding lake scene. Words don't make it justice! Must see!

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$2,000,000 :: 8233 E DEL CAMINO Drive, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 3,973 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 09/21/21, Last Updated: 09/22/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6296604
Community: ISLAND AT MCCORMICK RANCH
Tract: ISLAND AT MCCORMICK RANCH
Status: Active


The home is located on Lake Margaritte with a south facing view to the south. The home is in the process of a remodel that has been cut short. Pick your own materials to complete this well located property

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$750,000 :: 7801 E San Carlos Road Road E, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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2 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,974 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,406 sq ft
Added: 09/04/21, Last Updated: 09/04/21
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6289573
Community: SANDPIPER 3
Tract: SANDPIPER 3
Status: Active


Patio Home is light & bright with views of Lake & lush green acres of grass. Great Room plan is all one level with 2 Master Suites & 3 Baths. Both Masters open to Interior Courtyard; additional Den/Bedroom w full bathroom.Eat-in Kitchen with breakfast bar for ease of entertaining. Walls of glass 10' ceiling in Great Room let the views in with the 3 sets of glass sliders to access the large covered patio for entertaining. Floor to ceiling gas fireplace adds dramatic ambiance to the interior. ''Lock & Leave Lifestyle'' await you at Sandpiper with the 24/7 Guard Gated Entry. 8 Community Pools & Heated Spa; Approximately 32 acres of park-like grounds to enjoy ! Sought after location in McCormick Ranch: minutes to Int'l & Private Airports, Resorts, Golf Galore, Fine Dining & Shopping!!!

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$1,540,000 :: 8206 E DEL CADENA Drive, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,118 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,584 sq ft
Added: 06/08/21, Last Updated: 08/18/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6243451
Community: ISLAND AT MCCORMICK RANCH
Tract: ISLAND AT MCCORMICK RANCH
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/18/2021 by 3%
Status: Active


Amazing Views on Lake Angela in the heart of Scottsdale on the desirable McCormick Ranch. 3 bedroom 2.5 bath, private pool, Enjoy 26 mile multi-purpose bike and walking paths. Walk to morning coffee, breakfast, evening cocktails, casual and Fine Dining. Open Floor Plan. Enjoy oversized master with walk-in closets.Owner completed some upgrades in 2017,Gas Propane Cooking, New Cabinets in kitchen with waterfall granite, tile floors, Partial new master bath, new master closet. Owner's Personal Residence thru summer of 2020.Now ready for your own design.Owner has a home warranty in place.

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