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

Associate Professor
Department of Earth, Atmosphere, and Environment
Northern Illinois University
Davis Hall Room 118 ∙ DeKalb ∙ Illinois ∙ 60115
ph: (815) 753-8696 ∙ 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


American Meteorological Society Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM #752)

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


Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. August 2020 – Present

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

Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. August 2017 – 2020

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


32) Haberlie, A. M., W. S. Ashley, C. Battisto, and V. A. Gensini, 2022: Intermediate and extreme warming scenarios modify future thunderstorm activity. Geophys. Res. Lett. 5, 49, e2022GL098779. DOI: 10.1029/2022GL098779 [PDF]

31) Miller, D. E., V. A. Gensini, and B. S. Barrett, 2022: Madden-Julian oscillation influences United States springtime tornado and hail frequency. npj Climate and Atmos. Science, 5, 37. DOI: 10.1038/s41612-022-00263-5 [PDF]

30) Bundy, L., V. A. Gensini, and M. Russo, 2022: Insured corn losses in the U.S. from weather and climate perils. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., DOI:  10.1175/JAMC-D-21-0245.1 [PDF]

29) Gensini V. A. , A. M. Haberlie, and W. S. Ashley, 2022: Convection-permitting simulations of historical and possible future climate over the contiguous United States. Clim. Dyn., DOI:  10.1007/s00382-022-06306-0 [PDF]

28) Bundy, L., and V. A. Gensini, 2022: An assessment of USDA corn condition ratings across the U.S. Corn Belt. Agron. J., 114, 601-617, DOI:  10.1002/agj2.20973 [PDF]

27) Gensini V. A., C. Converse, W. S. Ashley, and M. Taszarek, 2021: Machine learning classification of significant tornadoes and hail in the U.S. using ERA5 proximity soundings. Wea. Forecasting, 36, 2143-2160, DOI:  10.1175/WAF-D-21-0056.1 [PDF]

26) Fritzen, R., V. Lang, and V. A. Gensini, 2021: Trends and variability of North American cool-season extratropical cyclones: 1979–2019. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 60, 1319-1331, DOI:  10.1175/JAMC-D-20-0276.1 [PDF]

25) Taszarek, M., N. Pilguj, J. T. Allen, V. A. Gensini, H. E. Brooks, and P. Szuster, 2020: Comparison of convective parameters derived from ERA5 and MERRA2 with sounding data over Europe and North America. J. Climate, 34, 3211-3237, DOI:  10.1175/JCLI-D-20-0484.1 [PDF]

24) Ashley W. S., A. M. Haberlie, and V. A. Gensini, 2020: Reduced frequency and size of late twenty-first-century snowstorms over North America. Nat. Clim. Chang., 10, 539–544, DOI: 10.1038/s41558-020-0774-4 [PDF]

23) Gensini V. A. , A. M. Haberlie, and P. T. Marsh, 2020: Practically perfect hindcasts of severe convective storms. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 101, E1259–E1278, DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0321.1 [PDF]

22) Gensini V. A. , B. S. Barrett, J. T. Allen, D. Gold, and P. Sirvatka, 2020: The Extended Range Tornado Activity Forecast (ERTAF) Project. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 101, E700–E709, DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0188.1 [PDF]

21) Tang, B. H., V. A. Gensini, and C. R. Homeyer, 2019: Trends in United States large hail environments and observations. npj Climate and Atmos. Science., 2, 45. DOI: 10.1038/s41612-019-0103-7 [PDF]

20) Gensini, V. A., D. Gold, J. T. Allen, and B. S. Barrett, 2019: Extended U.S. tornado outbreak during late May 2019: A forecast of opportunity. Geophys. Res. Lett., 46. DOI: 10.1029/2019GL084470[PDF]

19) Changnon, D., and V. A. Gensini, 2019: Changing spatiotemporal patterns of 5- and 10-day Illinois heavy precipitation amounts, 1900-2018. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 58, 1523–1533. DOI: 10.1175/JAMC-D-18-0335.1[PDF]

18) Gensini, V. A., and L. B. de Guenni, 2019: Environmental covariate representation of seasonal U.S. tornado frequency. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 58, 1353–1367. DOI: 10.1175/JAMC-D-18-0305.1[PDF]

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, 1–40. DOI: 10.55599/ejssm.v6i8.35[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]


Gensini, V. A., 2021: Severe Convective Storms in a Changing Climate. Book chapter in Climate Change and Extreme Events. Fares, A. Ed., Springer. ISBN: 978-0-12-822700-8, DOI: 10.1016/C2019-0-04922-9

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 (Lifetime Member)

American Geophysical Union, August 2020 – Present

Gamma Theta Upsilon International Honor Society

Mortar Board Senior National Honor Society

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society


Public-private partnership with a mutual company, 2021-2024
-Weather/Climate Modeling, Data Science and Analytics. Role: Co-PI w/ W. Ashley (NIU)

National Science Foundation, 2021–2024
-Advancing our understanding of intraseasonal United States severe convective storm variability. Role: PI


Advisor/Major Professor for:*
Margo Andrews; M.S. Student
Chris Battisto; M.S. 2021 (co-chair with W. Ashley)
Cody Converse; M.S. 2020
Robert Fritzen; Ph.D. Candidate
Jillian Goodin; M.S. Student
Sylvia Stinnett; M.S. Student
Kelly Swaney; M.S. 2021 (co-chair with D. Changnon)

Committee Member for:*
Emery Dhanens; M.S. 2020
Jacinda Mayer; M.S. 2020
Alex McAvoy; M.S. Student
Bailey Stevens; M.S. 2021
Maria Molina, Ph.D. 2019 (CMU Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
Andrew Wright, M.S. 2019 (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


Editor, J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 2021 – Present

Associate Editor, Wea. and Forecasting, 2020 – Present

Member, US CLIVAR PPAI Panel, 2020 – Present

Representative, Unidata Strategic Advisory Committee, 2018 – Present

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

Last modified:  16 July 2022