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Randall Cerveny

Randall Cerveny

President's Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
PO Box 875302
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302


  • Distinguished Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • President's Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Randall Cerveny is a professor of geographical sciences at Arizona State University (ASU), where he has taught since 1986. He serves as Rapporteur on Extreme Records for the United Nations/World Meteorological Organization, and in this connection is responsible for researching and verifying global weather records. At ASU, he directs the meteorology program, and was awarded the title of President's Professor in recognition of his contributions to undergraduate education. He is contributing editor for the magazine Weatherwise, and is the author of numerous journal articles as well as two books, Freaks of the Storm, Thunder's Mouth Press, 2006, and Weather's Greatest Mysteries Solved!, Prometheus Books, 2009.


  • PhD, Geography, University of Nebraska, 1985
  • MA, Geography, University of Nebraska, 1983
  • BS, Geography, University of Nebraska, 1981


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Journal Articles


Cerveny, R. S., R. C. Balling, M. Lawson and N. V. Cerveny. 2019. Meteorology's emerald jewel: Valentia Observatory. Weatherwise 73(1):14-19. DOI: 10.1080/00431672.2020.1682417. (link )


Kiany, M. S., R. C. Balling, R. S. Cerveny and D. Krahenbuhl. 2018. Diurnal variations in seasonal precipitation in Iran from TRMM measurements. Advances in Space Research 62(9):2418-2430. DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2018.07.003. (link )


Shimizu, M., R. S. Cerveny, E. A. Wentz and K. E. McHugh. 2014. Geographic and virtual dissemination of an international climatic announcement. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 95(7):987-989. DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00034.1. (link )


Svoma, B. M., D. S. Krahenbuhl, C. E. Bush, J. W. Malloy, J. R. White, M. A. Wagner, M. B. Pace, K. Debiasse, N. J. Selover, R. C. Balling and R. S. Cerveny. 2013. Expansion of the northern hemisphere subtropical high pressure belt: Trends and linkages to precipitation and drought. Physical Geography 34(3):174-187. DOI: 10.1080/02723646.2013.820657. (link )


Wagner, M., S. W. Myint and R. S. Cerveny. 2012. Geospatial assessment of recovery rates following a tornado disaster. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 50(11):4313-4322. DOI: 10.1109/TGRS.2012.2191973. (link )


Garrity, C. M., R. S. Cerveny and E. A. Wentz. 2010. Vertical moisture profile characteristics of severe surface drought and surface wetness in the western United States: 1973-2002. International Journal of Climatology 30(6):894-900. (link )


Cerveny, R. S., B. M. Svoma, R. C. Balling and R. S. Vose. 2008. Gregorian calendar bias in monthly temperature databases. Geophysical Research Letters 35:L19706. DOI: 10.1029/2008GL035209.

Myint, S. W., M. Yuan, R. S. Cerveny and C. P. Giri. 2008. Comparison of remote sensing image processing techniques to identify tornado damage areas from Landsat TM data. Sensors 8(2):1128-1156. DOI: 10.3390/s8021128. (link )

Myint, S. W., M. Yuan, R. S. Cerveny and C. P. Giri. 2008. Categorizing natural disaster damage assessment using satellite-based geospatial techniques. Natural Hazards and Earth Systems Sciences 8:707-179. DOI: 10.5194/nhess-8-707-2008. (link )


Brommer, D. M., R. S. Cerveny and R. C. Balling. 2007. Characteristics of long-duration precipitation events across the United States. Geophysical Research Letters 34. DOI: 10.1029/2007GL031808.


Dixon, P. G., D. M. Brommer, B. C. Hedquist, A. J. Kalstein, G. B. Goodrich, J. C. Walter, C. C. Dickerson, S. J. Penny and R. S. Cerveny. 2005. Heat mortality versus cold mortality: A study of conflicting databases in the United States. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 86(7):937-946. DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-86-7-937. (link )


Kuby, M., R. S. Cerveny and R. Dorn. 1997. A new approach to paleoclimatic research using linear programming. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 129: 269-290.

Magazine Articles


Holle, R. L., N. J. Selover, R. Cerveny and H. M. Mogil. 2015. The weather and climate of Arizona. Weatherwise: The Magazine about Weather. (Mar-Apr):12.