Randall Cerveny

Randall Cerveny
Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
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

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

Journal Articles


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)


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.


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.


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.