Ken Dewey

Ken Dewey

  • Contact Information
  • My Story
  • Publications
  • Background
  • Grants

Contact Information

TitleEmeritus - Regional Climatologist
Faculty RankProfessor Emeritus
Address925 Oldfather Hall
660 N 12th Street
Lincoln NE
  • office: 402-472-2908


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My Story

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

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.

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.

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.Online
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.
Dewey, K.F. 1979. An Objective Forecast Method Developed for Lake Ontario Induced Snowfall Systems. Journal of Applied Meteorology. 18:787-793.Online



DegreeMajorInstitutionYear Awarded
Doctorate of PhilosophyUniversity of Toronto1973
Master of ScienceNorthern Illinois University1970
Bachelor of ScienceElmhurst College (Illinois)1969





TitleAwarded byYear Awarded
Public Education AwardNational Weather Association2018
Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to StudentsUNL Parents Association2015


Professional Organizations

American Meteorological Society (AMS)On National AMS Membership Committee (2009 to present)




SNR Program Areas

  • Applied Climate and Spatial Science


Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/ 2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/ 2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant TitleNaturePalooza
Starting Date06/01/2013


Ending Date06/01/2014
Funding Level$2,725.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Academy of Sciences


Grant TitleBest Buy Tag Team Award
Starting Date04/01/2010


Ending Date08/30/2011
Funding Level$1,000.00
Funding AgencyBest Buy