Victor Gensini

Research Emphases

Extreme Weather, Climate Variability/Change

Specific Research Endeavors

My research umbrella covers extreme weather and climate, with specific interests focused on: severe convective storms, synoptic/mesoscale meteorology, applied climatology, GIS techniques, geoscience data visualization, weather forecasting and climate change. My research has primarily focused on the relationship between severe convective storms and climate change by utilizing dynamical downscaling from a convective permitting regional climate model. Currently, a majority of my research is examining weather and climate dynamics that explain variability in extreme weather (e.g., hail, tornadoes, heavy rain, heat waves) frequency and analyzing ways to forecast these events at sub-seasonal to seasonal time scales.

Frequently Taught Courses

GEOG 105: Weather, Climate and You

MET 300: Meteorology

GEOG 368: Climate Change, Impacts and Mitigation

MET 421: Synoptic Meteorology

Representative Publications

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

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

Tippett, M. K., J. T. Allen, V. A. Gensini and H. E. Brooks, 2015: Climate and hazardous convective weather. Cur. Climate Change Rep., 1 (2), 60–73. DOI: 10.1007/s40641-015-0006-6

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

Gensini, V. A. and T. L. Mote, 2014: Estimations of hazardous convective weather in the United States using dynamical downscaling. J. Climate, 27, 6581–6598. DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00777.1

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Gensini, V. A. and W. S. Ashley, 2010: An examination of rip current fatalities in the United States. Nat. Hazards, 54, 159–175. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-009-9458-0


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


Assistant Professor
Office: Davis Hall 219E


Ph.D., University of Georgia


Research Group

Contact Us

Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences
Davis Hall, Room 118
815-753-6872 (Fax)

Directions and Maps