Stephanie McAfee

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Stephanie McAfee

Associate Professor and State Climatologist, State Specialist


McAfee is an applied climatologist interested in developing climate and climate change information suitable for management decisions.  She has worked on questions ranging from bias propagation within coupled models to the production of downscaled snow projections for Alaska and has a strong interest in climate services and public outreach.


A.B. Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, 1998
M.S. Forest Soils, University of Washington, 2002
Ph.D., Geosciences, University of Arizona, 2009


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Living with Drought

The program connects stakeholders with drought status information, essential research, and tools that can be used to help address and assess the impacts of drought in Nevada.


  • GEOG/ATMS 121, Climate Change and Its Environmental Impacts
  • GEOG 322, Into the Storm: Severe Weather and Society
  • GEOG/ATMS 421/621, Climatology

News & Journal Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

Fact Sheets
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Climate Impacts in Nevada
Summarized in this fact sheet are specific details about how climate change has already and will continue to impact the state of Nevada and strategies that can be used to prepare for these changes.
McAfee, S., Restaino, C., Ormerrod, K., Dettinger, M., McEvoy, D., Kalansky, J., Cayan, D., Lachniet, M., Moser, S., VanderMolen, K., Wall, T. 2021, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-21-06
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Nevada's Weather and Climate
Weather and climate are related, but they are not the same. The difference between weather and climate is time. Practically speaking, weather determines which clothes you decide to put on today, but climate determines the type of clothes that are in your closet.
Ormerod, Kerri Jean; McAfee, Stephanie 2017, Extension | Fact Sheet 17-04
Special Publications
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Climate Modification Using High Tunnels in Western Nevada
Farmers in the Great Basin are investing in inexpensive low-tech greenhouses, known as high tunnels, but little is known about how high tunnels alter the climate conditions that crops experience inside of high tunnels.
Heckler, S., McAfee, S.A., Kratsch, H.A. 2020, Extension Special Publication