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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

M.S., 2010, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

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


33) Ashley, W. S., A. M. Haberlie, and V. A. Gensini, 2022: The future of supercells in the United States. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.,  DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-D-22-0027.1 [PDF]

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


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

Last modified:  1 October 2022