Ken Dewey
Emeritus Professor Geography


Hi, I'm Ken Dewey, and I'm a professor of climatology in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Natural Resources.

I maintain and produce the content for the Lincoln Weather and Climate web site. This is a location that offers timely regional weather information, so the public can keep up-to-date on droughts, major weather events and trends, etc. and make better decisions related to weather and climate. Storm reports and numerous weather-related photo galleries are some of its most popular products. I produce content for various web sites that receive more than 12 million visits per year.

I am also monitoring the on going drought in Nebraska and the western United States, delivering the latest information on the magnitude and trend of the current drought. This drought is severely affecting the agricultural community and water resources across much of the western part of the country.

Research and Current Projects

My main research and outreach interests are in severe storm climatology, climate variations, snow and ice studies, and drought impacts. My primary outreach activity is to bring information on severe weather and related safety tips to the public, in order to help them survive the storms. I do a large amount of this through information posted on various web sites and through the Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium. It's a free public event that draws up to 3,000 people to hear storm experts and see many weather-related presentations and displays. I also do numerous interviews with the media and make public presentations across the state.

Selected Publications

Dewey, K.F. 2001. Climate and the West. Journal of the West. 6-9 .

Dewey, K.F. 2001. Weather in the West (volume editor). Journal of the West. 40(3): .

Dewey, K.F. 2001. Weather of the West. Journal of the West. .40(3):31-38.

Dewey, K.F. and S. Meyer 2000. Active Learning in Introductory Climatology. Journal of College Science Teaching. 29:265-272.

Leathers, D.J., M.A. Palecki, D.A. Robinson, and K.F. Dewey. 1998. A climatology of the daily temperature range annual cycle in the United States. Climate Research. 9:197-211.

Dewey, K. 1996. The Weather and Climate of Nebraska. NEBRASKALand Magazine. 138.

Robinson, D.A., D.J. Leathers, M.A. Palecki, and K.F. Dewey 1995. Some observations on climate variability as seen in daily temperature structure. Atmospheric Research. 37:119-131.


  • BS - Elmhurst (Ill.) College (1969)
  • MS - Northern Illinois University (1970)
  • PhD - University of Toronto (1973)

Research Interests


Curriculum Vitae