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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

EDUCATION

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, 2008, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

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

CERTIFICATES / LICENSURES

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Northern Illinois University, 2008
  • HA – Amateur Radio (Technician) license from the Federal Communications Commission, 2013 (exp. 5-8-2023) Call sign: KC9YXT

PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

  • 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

FORMAL PUBLICATIONS

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]

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]

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]

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].

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]

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]

BOOKS / ENCYCLOPEDIA ARTICLES

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]

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS / INFORMAL PUBLICATIONS

Gensini, V. A., 2018: Subseasonal and seasonal prediction of tornado and hail activity in the U.S. 22nd Severe storms and Doppler RADAR conference, Des Moines, IA, National Weather Association.  

Gensini, V. A., and A. Marinaro, 2016: Tornado frequency in the U.S. related to the global wind oscillation. 28th Conference on Severe Local Storms, Portland, OR, American Meteorological Society, 18.2. 

Hoogewind, K. A., V. A. Gensini and R. J. Trapp, 2016: Climatology of severe convective environments from the 20th Century Reanalysis. 28th Conference on Severe Local Storms, Portland, OR, American Meteorological Society, P.46. [PDF]

Gensini, V. A., and A. Marinaro, 2016: Spring tornado activity in the United States related to the GWO. 96th AMS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, American Meteorological Society, P.850.

Barrett, B. S., and Gensini, V. A., 2014: Efficiency of severe thunderstorm environments in the U.S. 27th Conference on Severe Local Storms, Madison, WI, American Meteorological Society, 12B.1. [HTTP]

Gensini, V. A., and T. L. Mote, 2014: A glimpse into modeled changes of severe thunderstorm occurrence using dynamical downscaling. 27th Conference on Severe Local Storms, Madison, WI, American Meteorological Society, 4A.6A. [HTTP]

Hoogewind, K. A., and V. A. Gensini, 2014: Dynamical downscaling of major U.S. tornado outbreaks. 27th Conference on Severe Local Storms, Madison, WI, American Meteorological Society, P.91. [PDF]

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, 164165.

Gensini, V. A., C. Ramseyer, and T. L. Mote, 2013: Examining future severe weather environments using data from the NARCCAP.  Presented, 25th Conference on Climate Variability and Change; 93rd AMS Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, American Meteorological Society, 3A.2.

Knox, J. A., A. W. Black, J. Rackley, V. A. Gensini, M. Butler, C. Dunn, T. Gallo, M. R. Hunter, L. Lindsey, M. Phan, R. Scroggs, and S. Brustad, 2012: Analysis of tornado debris trajectories during the 27 April 2011 super outbreak as determined using social media data. 26th Conference on Severe Local Storms, Nashville, TN, American Meteorological Society.

Knox, J. A., A. W. Black, J. Rackley, V. A. Gensini, M. Butler, C. Dunn, T. Gallo, M. R.Hunter, L. Lindsey, M. Phan, R. Scroggs, and S. Brustad, 2012: Using social media for scientific research: Experiences from a tornado debris research project. 26th Conference on Severe Local Storms, Nashville, TN, American Meteorological Society.

Gensini, V. A., 2012: 2012 tornado season off to explosive start. Popular Mechanics (published online 6 March 2012) [PDF]

Gensini, V. A., M. Petro, G. Maier, and J. M. Shepherd, 2011:  Characteristics of Atlantic Basin recurving hurricanes. Presented, 66th Annual Meeting, Savannah, GA, Southeast Division of the Association of American Geographers.

Bedel, A., and V. A. Gensini, 2011: The tornado outbreaks of April 2011 in the Southeast U.S.: A Case Study. 66th Annual Meeting, Savannah, GA, Southeast Division of the Association of American Geographers. [PDF]

Gensini, V. A., C. Ramseyer, and T. L. Mote, 2011: Examining future severe weather environments in the Southeast U.S.  Presented, 6th International Conference on Wind & Trees, Athens, GA, IUFRO Section 8.03.06.

Gensini, V. A., 2011: Is this tornado season the worst ever? Popular Mechanics (published online 22 May 2011) [PDF]

Gensini, V. A., and W. S. Ashley, 2010: Climatology of potentially severe convective environments from reanalysis. Presented, 25th Conference on Severe Local Storms, Denver, CO, American Meteorological Society, P 2.4. [PDF]

Gensini, V. A., and J. M. Laflin, 2010: Trends in convection over the central United States. Presented, 25th Conference on Severe Local Storms, Denver, CO, American Meteorological Society, P 2.3. [PDF]

Changnon, D., V. A. Gensini, and J. Prell, 2010: A common Midwestern question: Where have all our 90oF days gone? 18th Conference on Applied Climatology, Atlanta, GA, American Meteorological Society.

Gensini, V. A., and H. E. Brooks, 2008: Regional variability of CAPE and deep shear from reanalysis. Presented, 24th Conference on Severe Local Storms, Savannah, GA, American Meteorological Society, P 12.2. [PDF]

Gensini, V. A., and H. E. Brooks, 2008: Regional variability of CAPE and deep shear from the NCEP/NCAR reanalysis. Presented, 12th Annual Severe Storms and Doppler Radar Conference, Des Moines, IA, Central Iowa Chapter of the National Weather Association. [PDF]

Gensini, V. A., and H. E. Brooks, 2008: Regional variability of CAPE and deep shear from reanalysis. Presented, 7th Annual AMS Student Conference, New Orleans, LA, American Meteorological Society. [PDF]

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS / HONOR SOCIETIES

  • 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

RECORD OF SUCCESSFUL FUNDING

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

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

GRADUATE STUDENTS

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

Committee Member for:
Emery Dhanens; 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

AWARDS / HONORS

  • 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

INVITED TALKS / INTERVIEWS / COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

“Tornadoes: Past, present, and future”, NIU Alumni Association Lunch and Learn, Chicago, IL, 2018

“Severe Weather: Research and Applications”, International Society of Catastrophe Managers Education Seminar, Chicago, IL, 2018

“Tornadoes: Past, present, and future”, NIU Foundation, Golf, IL, 2018

Holiday Hazardous Weather Causes Injuries and Damage in Illinois“, Northern Public Radio, 2018

The tornado detectives”, Weather Geeks Podcast, 2018

NIU professor hopes to give you weeks to prepare for tornadoes, hail”, Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, IL, 2018

“US tornado forecasting and warning trends”, Interview with WBBM 780/105.9FM CBS, Chicago, IL, 2018

“Tornado lead time trends”, Interview with The Weather Channel, 2018

“Tornadoes: Past, present, and future”, National Weather Center Colloquium: Norman, OK, 2018

“Severe storms: Past, present, and future”, Western Kentucky University Colloquium: Bowling Green, KY, 2018

“Tornadoes: The science behind the storm”, Northern Illinois University STEM Cafe: DeKalb, IL, 2018

“Tornado forecasting”, WxGeeks: The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA 2018

From blizzards to head waves: Is it actually harder to predict weather in Chicago?”, WBEZ’s Curious City Radio Program: Chicago, IL, 2018

“2017 Severe Weather Lightning Round”, 27th Annual DuPage County Advanced Severe Weather Seminar: Wheaton, IL, 2018

Chicago winter could be mild, wet…or neither”, Chicago Tonight (WTTW): Chicago, IL, 2017

The debate over when to issue tornado warnings”, Interview with NPR’s WBUR Here & Now program, 2017

Tornado research: The past, present, and future”, WxGeeks: The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA 2017

Tornadoes and the stories they tell”, WxGeeks: The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA 2017

Tornadoes: Past, present, and future”, Waubonsee Community College: Sugar Grove, IL, 2017

Extreme weather”, Lisle Library: Lisle, IL, 2017

“Tools for anticipating severe weather events”, 26th Annual DuPage County Advanced Severe Weather Seminar: Wheaton, IL, 2017

Tornadoes: Past, present, and future”, State University of New York at Albany: Albany, NY, 2017

Moving beyond day 8: Long-range prediction of tornadoes across the U.S.”, National Tornado Summit: Oklahoma City, OK, 2017

Americans are getting less advance notice for tornadoes, as researchers struggle to understand why”, The Washington Post, 2017

Tornadoes: Past, present, and future”, Central Michigan University Research Seminar: Mt. Pleasant, MI, 2016

Moving beyond day 4-8: 2-3 week prediction of severe weather across the U.S.”, Indiana Storm Chasers Convention: Camby, IN, 2016

Tornadoes: Past, present, and future”, The Contemporary Club of Chicago: Chicago, IL, 2016

Chicago’s tornado-proof delusion”, WBEZ’s Curious City Live Event: Chicago, IL, 2016

Predicting tornadoes weeks in advance”, WxGeeks: The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA 2016

“Hours to decades: The new world of long-range tornado science”, Weather and Climate Session | Society of Environmental Journalists: Norman, OK, 2016

COD professor leads team to predict tornadoes two to three weeks ahead”, The Courier: Glen Ellyn, IL, 2016

Extended range tornado prediction”, WGN/Femilab Tornado and Severe Storms Seminar: Batavia, IL, 2016

Tornado forecasts at the College of DuPage are gaining national attention”, WGN-TV, Chicago, IL 2016

Meteorologists may be on the verge of forecasting tornadoes weeks in advance, Interview with Forbes Magazine, 2016

DuPage researcher trying to predict tornadoes weeks in advance, Interview with WBBM 780/105.9FM CBS, Chicago, IL, 2016

“Storm Animation”, 25th Annual DuPage County Advanced Severe Weather Seminar: Wheaton, IL, 2016

A mere one tornado has stuck the U.S. in November as yearly totals near historic lows”, The Washington Post, 2016

Tornadoes: Past, present, and future”, Purdue University Research Seminar: West Lafayette, IN, 2015

What’s the weather like? A storm chasing perspective”, Sugar Grove Public Library: Sugar Grove, IL, 2015

“Tools of the trade”, 24th Annual DuPage County Advanced Severe Weather Seminar: Wheaton, IL, 2015

Sub-seasonal forecasting of tornadoes”, National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office LOT: Romeoville, IL, 2015

Hazardous convective weather in the U.S.: A dynamical downscaling approach”, Northern Illinois University: DeKalb, IL, 2014

Estimations of hazardous convective weather in the U.S. using dynamical downscaling”, Argonne National Lab: Argonne, IL, 2014

Tornadoes: Past, present, and future”, Carol Stream Public Library: Carol Stream, IL, 2014

Potential changes in late 21st century severe weather”, Chicago and College of DuPage Chapters of the American Meteorological Society: Glen Ellyn, IL, 2014

“An overview of severe weather events in 2013”, 23rd Annual DuPage County Advanced Severe Weather Seminar: Wheaton, IL, 2014

Severe thunderstorms: Past, present, and future”, Omaha-Offutt Chapter of the American Meteorological Society: Omaha, NE, 2014

Severe thunderstorms: Past, present, and future”, National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office OAX: Omaha/Valley, NE, 2014

The potential vorticity framework”, National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office LOT: Romeoville, IL, 2014

Heavy snow blankets Chicago, Chicago Tonight (WTTW): Chicago, IL, 2013

Chicago weather, Chicago Tonight (WTTW): Chicago, IL, 2013

Chicago’s vulnerability to a violent tornado”, Indian Prairie Public Library: Darien, IL, 2013

“Characteristics of warm front tornadoes in Illinois”, 22nd Annual DuPage County Advanced Severe Weather Seminar: Naperville, IL, 2013

The year’s extreme weather, Chicago Tonight (WTTW): Chicago, IL, 2012

PROFESSIONAL SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES

Member, NGGPS CAM Working Group, 2018 – Present

Representative, Unidata Strategic Advisory Committee, 2018 – Present

Representative, Unidata Users Committee, 2015 – 2018

Local Manager, Northern Illinois University WxChallenge Team, 2017 – Present

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

Faculty advisor, Northern Illinois University Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, 2017 – 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, 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:   30 October 2018