About the State Climatologist

Dr. Erinanne Saffell
Dr. Erinanne Saffell

Dr. Erinanne Saffell was born in Phoenix and raised in Arizona. Her earliest weather memories are of extreme flooding, including her family sandbagging their house in Scottsdale from Tropical Storm Norma in 1970, extreme rainfall from Hurricane Joanne in October 1972, and the 100-year flooding event in 1980 that closed all but two crossings of the Salt River. She recalls the haziness of the sky and the coats of dust after the immense wall of dust on July 5, 2011. She vividly remembers walking across a parking lot the June afternoon Phoenix reached 122°F in 1990.

Dr. Saffell received her BS, MA, and PhD degrees in Geography and Climatology from Arizona State University. Her main research interests are extreme weather events, including flood and drought, as well as impacts of the Urban Heat Island.

The State Climate Office is a unit of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and serves the state and citizens of Arizona.


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