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Vittorio (Victor) A. Gensini, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences
Northern Illinois University
Davis Hall Room 118 ∙ DeKalb ∙ Illinois ∙ 60115
ph: (815) 753-0631 ∙ e: vgensini at niu dot edu


Ph.D., 2014, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Dissertation title: “Hazardous convective weather in the United States: A dynamical downscaling approach”
Advisor: Dr. Thomas L. Mote

M.S., 2010, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Thesis: “Climatology of potentially severe convective environments from reanalysis”
Advisor: Dr. Walker S. Ashley

B.S. in Meteorology Magna Cum Laude w/ Upper Division Honors, 2008, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

A.S. Cum Laude, 2006, Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby, IL


HA – Amateur Radio (Technician) license from the Federal Communications Commission, 2013 (exp. 5-8-2023) Call sign: KC9YXT

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Northern Illinois University, 2008

Anticipating Hazardous Weather and Community Risk (IS-00271) certificate from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute, 2006


Guest Faculty Researcher, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, Illinois. August 2018 – Present

Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. August 2017 – Present

Assistant/Associate Professor, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois. August 2012 – August 2017

Consulting Research Meteorologist, Riskpulse, Chicago, Illinois. September 2013 – March 2017

Research/Teaching Assistant, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. August 2010 –May 2012

Intern Meteorologist, Chesapeake Energy, Chicago, Illinois. May 2009 – August 2009

Teaching Assistant, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. August 2008 – May 2010

Student Volunteer, National Weather Service, Davenport, Iowa. September 2007 – December 2007

Student Researcher, (CAPS/OU REU) National Severe Storms Laboratory, Norman, Oklahoma. May 2007 – August 2007


18) Gensini, V. A., and L. B. de Guenni, 2019: Environmental covariate representation of seasonal U.S. tornado frequency. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., [accepted]

17) Gensini, V. A., and M. K. Tippett, 2019: Global Ensemble Forecast System (GEFS) predictions of days 1–15 U.S. tornado and hail frequencies. Geophys. Res. Lett., 46, 2922–2930. DOI: 10.1029/2018GL081724 [PDF]

16)Gensini, V. A.and H. E. Brooks, 2018: Spatial trends in United States tornado activity. npj Climate and Atmos. Science., 1, 1–5. DOI: 10.1038/s41612-018-0048-2 [PDF]

15) Molina, M. J., J. T. Allen, and V. A. Gensini, 2018: The Gulf of Mexico influence on subseasonal and seasonal CONUS winter tornado variability. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 57, 2439–2463. DOI: 10.1175/JAMC-D-18-0046.1 [PDF]

14) Allen, J. T., M. J. Molina, and V. A. Gensini, 2018: Modulation of annual cycle of tornadoes by El Nino-Southern Oscillation. Geophys. Res. Lett.45, 5708–5717.DOI: 10.1029/2018GL077482 [PDF]

13) Gensini, V. A., and J. T. Allen, 2018: United States hail frequency and the Global Wind Oscillation. Geophys. Res. Lett.45, 1611–1620. DOI: 10.1002/2017GL076822 [PDF]

12) Gensini, V. A., and A. Marinaro, 2016: Tornado frequency in the United States related to global relative angular momentum. Mon. Wea. Rev.,144,801–810.DOI: 10.1175/MWR-D-15-0289.1[PDF] (Paper of note in Science)

11) Tippett, M. K., J. T. Allen, V. A. Gensini, and H. E. Brooks, 2015: Climate and hazardous convective weather. Cur. Climate Change Rep.,(2),60–73.DOI: 10.1007/s40641-015-0006-6 [PDF]

10) Gensini, V. A., and T. L. Mote, 2015: Downscaled estimates of late 21st century severe weather from CCSM3. Climatic Change,129,307–321.DOI: 10.1007/s10584-014-1320-z[PDF]

8) Gensini, V. A., T. L. Mote, and H. E. Brooks, 2014: Severe thunderstorm reanalysis environments and collocated radiosonde observations. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol.53,742–751.DOI: 10.1175/JAMC-D-13-0263.1 [PDF]

9) Gensini, V. A., and T. L. Mote, 2014: Estimations of hazardous convective weather in the United States using dynamical downscaling. J. Climate27, 6581–6598. DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00777.1 [PDF]

6) Barrett, B. S., and V. A. Gensini, 2013: Variability of central U.S. April–May tornado day likelihood by phase of the Madden-Julian Oscillation. Geophys. Res. Lett.40(11)2790–2795.DOI: 10.1002/grl.50522 [PDF]

7) Gensini, V. A.,C. A. Ramseyer, and T. L. Mote, 2014: Future convective environments using NARCCAP. Int. J. Climatol.34, 1699–1705. DOI: 10.1002/joc.3769 [PDF].

5) Knox, J.  A., J.  A. Rackley, A.  W. Black, V.  A. Gensini, M. Butler, C. Dunn, T. Gallo, M.  R. Hunter, L. Lindsey, M. Phan, R. Scroggs, and S. Brustad, 2013: Tornado debris characteristics and trajectories during the 27 April 2011 super outbreak as determined using social media data. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.,94,1371–1380.DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00036.1[PDF]

4) Gensini, V. A., and W. S. Ashley, 2011: Climatology of potentially severe convective environments from the North American regional reanalysis. Electronic J. Severe Storms Meteor.,6 (8), 1–40. [PDF]

3) Gensini, V. A., A. W. Black, D. Changnon, and S. A. Changnon, 2011: September 2008 heavy rains in Northeast Illinois: Meteorological analysis and impacts. Trans. Ill. State Acad. Sci., 104, 17–33.[PDF]

2) Gensini, V. A., and W. S. Ashley, 2010: Reply to “Rip current misunderstandings.” Nat. Hazards55, 163–165. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-010-9528-3 [PDF]

1) Gensini, V. A., and W. S. Ashley, 2010: An examination of rip current fatalities in the United States. Nat. Hazards54, 159–175. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-009-9458-0 [PDF]


Ashley, W. S., and V. A. Gensini, 2017: Weather, extreme. The International Encyclopedia of Geography. Richardson et al. Eds., Wiley-Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg0068 [PDF]


Goebbert, K., J. T. Allen, V. A. Gensini, and M. Ramamurthy, 2019: Data driven scientific workflows: A summary of new technologies and datasets explored at the Unidata 2018 workshop. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.100, ES97–ES99. DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-D-18-0265.1.

Knox, J. A., J. A. Rackley, A. W. Black, V. A. Gensini, M. Butler, C. Dunn, T. Gallo, M. R. Hunter, L. Lindsey, M. Phan, R. Scroggs, and S. Brustad, 2013: Using social media data to analyze debris from the 2011 tornado superoutbreak. Invited conference report, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.94, 164–165.


American Meteorological Society, August 2006 – Present

National Weather Association, August 2014 – Present

Gamma Theta Upsilon International Honor Society

Mortar Board Senior National Honor Society

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society


Northern Illinois University Research and Artistry Award, 2019–2020
-Examining the impact of the Corn Belt on regional extreme high temperatures. Role: PI

MetLife Inc., 2018-2019
-Extended range severe weather prediction. Role: PI.

Northern Illinois University Research and Artistry Award, 2018–2019
-Subseasonal Prediction of Severe Weather Across the United States. Role: PI

National Science Foundation, 2017–2020
-Collaborative Research: Observed and Future Dynamically Downscaled Estimates of Precipitation Associated with Mesoscale Convective Systems. Role: PI

Unidata Equipment Grant, 2017
-GOES-16 data server at College of DuPage. Role: PI

State of Illinois Perkins STEM Grant, 2015
-Weather Balloon Activities at College of DuPage. Role: PI

College of DuPage Presidential Grant, 2013
-Weather Station and SkyCam for CoD Meteorology. Role: PI


Advisor/Major Professor for:*
Cody Converse; M.S. Student
Robert Fritzen; Ph.D. Student

Committee Member for:
Emery Dhanens; M.S. Student
Alex McAvoy; M.S. Student
Maria Molina; Ph.D. Student (CMU Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
Andrew Wright; M.S. Student (NIU Dept. of Industrial and Systems Engineering)

*NIU Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences unless otherwise noted


University of Georgia Outstanding Teaching Assistant, 2012

Northern Illinois University Outstanding Teaching Assistant, 2010

Northern Illinois University Deans Award in the field of Meteorology, 2008

Northern Illinois University Nancy C. Wick Outstanding Senior Meteorology Student, 2008

American Meteorological Society Undergraduate Scholar, 2007–2008 (Carl W. Kreitzberg Endowed Scholarship)

Northern Illinois University Junior Leadership Award, 2007

Raymond A. Justi Outstanding Science Student Award, 2004


Member,NOAA Next Generation Global Prediction System (NGGPS) Convection Allowing Model (CAM) Working Group, 2018 – Present

Member, NOAA CPO Subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) Task Force, 2018 – Present

Representative, Unidata Strategic Advisory Committee, 2018 – Present

Representative, Unidata Users Committee, 2015 – 2018

President, Chicago Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, 2015 – Present

Fellow, William Mitchell College of Law Expert Witness Training Academy, 2015

Advisory Panel, UCAR COMET Program, 2015 – Present

Participant, HWT Spring Forecasting Experiment, 2017 – Present

Peer reviewed various papers/proposals for: Climatic Change, Climate Dynamics, Natural Hazards, American Journal of Climate Change, International Journal of Climatology, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Southeastern Geographer, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, Earth Interactions, Climate Research, NWA Journal of Operational Meteorology, Monthly Weather Review, Weather and Forecasting, Journal of Climate, Geophysical Research Letters, Applied Geography, Weather and Climate Extremes, National Science Foundation, Austrian Science Fund

Last modified:  20 April 2019